Jen Smith

Executive Director

Jen’s love of plants and nature began at a young age when she grew up five miles from town in western Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Her parents instilled a solid work ethic and love of the outdoors shaped by working in their huge vegetable garden and living, for the most part, off the land.  Jen finished up her education at Oregon State University with a degree in recreation and natural resource management with emphasis on Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers management. Following a stint in the desert southwest of northern New Mexico she relocated to the Wood River Valley in 2001 after an initial ski trip to Sun Valley in 1987. Jen spent 17 years working for the city of Ketchum’s Parks & Recreation Department, most recently as the city’s director of parks and recreation, city arborist, and staff liaison to the Ketchum Arts Commission. She enjoys whitewater river rafting, fly fishing, camping, alpine skiing and adventuring in the inter-mountain west.


Kristin Fletcher

Education Director

Kristin is a place-based educator, passionate about connecting people, communities and local environments. She has lived much of her life in the beautiful state of Idaho and brings an extensive background organizing and leading programs for children, youth and adults. Fostering a sense of curiosity and wonder about the world around us, especially plants and habitats, truly inspires her. A keen gardener and birder, Kristin lives in the little town of Bellevue about as close to the Heart of Idaho as she can get with Rubinka, a rambunctious Airedale Terrier and Pete, a lively cat.

Kathy Noble

Gardens & Facilities Manager


Kathy is a landscape architect, gardener and 40 year resident of the Wood River Valley.  She lives on a farm in the Bellevue triangle with her dog Gabriella, cat Edith, 2 horses Timber and Hercules, 10 pigs and 200 – 800 chickens.  She has designed and maintained gardens from one end of the valley to the other – from native and xeric, to the lush, formal English and Italian inspired gardens.  She is passionate about building healthy soils, sustainable irrigation practices and planning the right plant for every space.




Thank you to Adelaide Mason and Jenni Simpson for the photos.