My name is Donna L. Long and I am an environmental educator living in the beautiful Delaware River Valley in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I teach and write about ecology, ecological gardening, and environmental issues.

I am a teacher with a certification in Environmental Science through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. (education and qualifications). I received my Master of Education from Arcadia University.

As an environmental educator, I work to help others see and understand the beauty in our world.  I focus on teaching adults about ecology and environmental topics.

Backlight Fall New England Aster
Backlight: Fall New England Aster. Photo by Donna L. Long.

I am very grateful to be human and to have a beautiful, abundant world to live in. I work, volunteer, write, and blog to call attention to those everyday joys and wonders that make living here on planet Earth so good.

By being mindful of what we do, we are not saving the Earth; we are saving life on Earth, including ourselves. We can’t take, take, take without giving something. I try to highlight our symbiotic role with the land in my writings.

On this blog, I publish nature articles, photos of my nature journal pages, and galleries of the photos I take of the beauty and drama of the natural world.

Subscribers to this blog, receive articles on ecology, natural history, environmental issues, and natural journaling every Saturday. Subscribe today!

I was interviewed by The Pennsylvania Naturalist and The Magnifying Glass and The Chestnut Hill Local.  (to Chestnut Hill Local website)

Naturalist Donna Long – Chestnut Hill Local (pdf)

LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donnallong

Contact Donna L. Long 

Thanks for reading.






Certified Teacher of Environmental Science – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Certified Teacher and School Librarian – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Trained Naturalist – Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education
Certified Master Home Gardener – Temple University
Restoration Leader – Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers
Pennsylvania Governor’s Institute for Environmental Educators

Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat – National Wildlife Foundation (my backyard, not me personally)


B. A. in Art History, Temple University

M.L.S. in Library and Information Science, Rutgers University

M.Ed. in Education, Arcadia University


Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators

National Association of Environmental Educators


I write primarily on natural history, native plants, gardening, environmental issues, and green living.

A Seasonal Gardener’s Handbook

The Grinnell Scientific Nature Journal 

Past Publications

Attracting Bumble Bees with Early Spring Blooming Plants – March 5, 2011

The Great Backyard Bird Count – text – February 19, 2011

Cottage Gardening and Native Plants – text and photos – February 19, 2011

WW Ogontz Making a Difference – January 2010
The Shuttle

Fresh Food at Good Prices – December 2009
West Oak Lane NORC newsletter


“Honoring, Observing, Preserving: An Interview with Donna L. Long” – The Magnifying Glass, March 2011, interview_The Magnifying Glass pdf



“Naturalist Donna Long is long on knowledge of nature”, Chestnut Hill Local, August 2013 interview_Chestnut Hill Local pdf 


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