Catalina Lemaitre


Catalina an economist turned social-entrepreneur, non-profit manager and mother of two joined The Childhood Nature Project (TCNP) in 2017. Her passion for nature-based education was born out of her personal experience after seeing the benefits and transformation in her own child and his peers while participating in a twice a week, parent-child nature immersion program, IMAGINA. She believes, and research shows that through a connection with nature, children and their families are able to connect with themselves, each other and our world, becoming more confident, self-aware and grounded as well as stewards to our planet. She is passionate about using her non-profit management experience to make these evidence-based programs available to everyone in South Florida. 

Catalina has a Masters Degree in Peace Operations from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, and an undergraduate degree in Economics with a minor in Art History from Suffolk University.  She has been trained in Mind Body Medicine and Yoga and is the Founder of Calamarie an eco-chic, fair trade accessories company. When she is not running after her two little ones she loves to cook with no recipe, dream up new ideas in her hammock and draw. 

Juliette Durand

Volunteer- Operations and Programs 

Juliette’s curiosity for nature has enabled her to live and travel to places where she could connect directly with the outdoors. After a decade of experience in international business, politics, and project management, Juliette now unites her skills with her passion: (re)connecting people to nature. She brings her knowledge to the Childhood Nature Project by streamlining operations and supporting program development.

A lover of the outdoors, Juliette is always finding ways to mindfully connect with nature, whether it be walking, running, exploring or just “being” in nature as it brings her a sense of connection on a communal and personal level.


Patricia Leon


Patricia is a Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher,  Cedarsong Nature School certified teacher and Montessori teacher newborn through 6 years, is an educator specialized in Andragogy (Adults) and MBA.  In addition founding Miami Nature Playschool she is an independent consultant for Cornell Latam Division. Patricia is from Peru and is fluent in Spanish and English and is the mother of an inquisitive, 9 year old animal enthusiast whose love of nature sent Pati on this nature education journey.