Kat Vanden Heuvel

Executive Director


Kat worked with various non-profits such as the Clark Sports Center, YMCA of the Rockies, and YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge before settling into the Wood River Valley nineyears ago. Having worked for the Wood River YMCA, The Hunger Coalition, and Wild Gift in addition to her own volunteer efforts, she has connected to not only this place and its recreational opportunities, but the people that make it so unique. Along with her husband Dan, a biology and botany teacher at Wood River High School, they are happy to be raising their two young children here. Kat looks forward to seeing you at the Garden and invites you to explore its many aspects with her.


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.