Tiffany Chan

Tiffany Simons Chan, Ph.D.


Tiffany is currently the Executive Director of Eden Place Nature Center, a small nature preserve and educational community center on the south side of Chicago.


  • 2008 - Kinship Environmental Education Fellowship



Year Degree Institution
2009 PhD, Learning Sciences Northwestern University
2001 B.S. Cognitive Science University of California, San Diego


Year Title  
2009 Environmental Sustainability as a Generative Concern: An Exploratory Study of the Narrative Identities of Leaders in the Environmental Sustainability Movement

Research Interests

My interests lie at the intersection between human development and environmental education. My dissertation work focuses on the role of identity and personality in the development of long-term commitment to issues of ecological sustainability. I hope to better understand the factors that lead people to engage with various communities and types of environmental/social action, and to consider the implications for the design of learning environments (formal and informal) to promote sustainable action over time.


Employment History

2009 - Current Education Coordinator, Eden Place Nature Center
4417 S. Stewart
Chicago IL 60609
United States of America
(773) 624. 8686
I am currently the Education Coordinator at Eden Place Nature Center, the only nature center on the south side of Chicago.  Located in the primarily African American Fuller Park neighborhood, Eden Place is an urban oasis that provides neighborhood residents with access to nature recreation, environmental education, and opportunities to learn about and protect local biodiversity.  The Nature Center is located on a 3.5 acre site that for 35 years was an illegal dump site, until local community members cleaned up the area and transformed the site into a nature preserve and community center.  Eden Place is home to a native prairie, wetland, community garden, greenhouse, savanna, and perennial garden, as well as a flock of ten ducks and twenty-five chickens (all egg-laying).  We provide educational programs and volunteer opportunities year-round and work with local schools, daycare centers, community organizations, and churches to engage the public in addressing the environmental concerns within their own communities.

As Education Coordinator, I supervise and coordinate all of the educational programming and nature conservation activities at Eden Place.  My work includes:
  • Conducting outreach and building relationships with local teachers, students, families, and community-based organizations to extend the impact of our educational programs
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with members of other organizations who contribute to our environmental education and nature conservation efforts
  • Coordinating large-scale community events, including Pumpkin Festival, Earth Day, and Farmers Markets
  • Designing, coordinating, and implementing field trips, service learning programs, and educational workshops
  • Supervising regular volunteers, special volunteer groups, and student interns
  • Supervising the maintenance of our community garden, native prairie, perennial beds, and composting station
  • Contributing to communications and marketing efforts such as writing newsletters and press releases, updating website content, and managing other social media
  • Grant writing and contributing to other fund raising efforts

Last Updated: 2015-11-12 15:47:26