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Animal Connections Specialist

Jen Leahey

Meet Jen

Jen manages our Equine and Animal Connections programs and is passionate about sharing the wonders of animals and our natural world. She has dedicated 30+ years to creating connections between people and nature to promote awareness, empathy, and deeper understanding. Jen has worked with numerous wild and domestic species, ranging from horses and goats to alligators, venomous snakes, and birds of prey. She holds state and federal licenses to care for wildlife that have been injured or were captive-born and can no longer survive independently in the wild. Her non-profit organization, Nature Matters, brings animal education and direct experiences to the greater community. Jen feels that by connecting with other species, we can expand our vision and be inspired to offer more care and empathy for our natural world and each other.


Raptors & Resilience: Re-envisioned • The Wisdom of Owls • Horse Sense • Chicken Keeping


Healing the Herd


Raptors & Resilience: Re-envisioned • The Wisdom of Owls