Elena Canaris

Elena (she/her/they/them) has Greek, Irish, and German Ancestry and is currently a settler on Pomo Nation land. They are looking forward to learning how to best caretake and give back to this beautiful land and honor the first peoples who still live here and tend to this place.

Elena loves to sing, explore, and play. Elena thoroughly enjoys holding space for children and meeting kids where they are in order to empower and encourage them in their learning. They hold a BA in Environmental Education with a focus in Early Childhood Development from Warren Wilson College. Elena is also a co-founder of Hello Hills, a multi-age nature play focused program. They co-direct this project with their sister Amelea, leading summer camps and forest day/after school programs in the East Bay for the past 4 years. Elena completed 2 years of the Weaving Earth Immersion program, has held a Teacher in Residency at Slide Ranch in Marin, taught at the Berkeley Forest School and led nature awareness homeschool groups in Virginia and North Carolina. While at Wild Tenders, they are looking forward to bringing their passion for kids, nature and the magic that connects us all.