Executive Director: Matt Stenger

Matt Stenger has a degree in interpretive services and has been working as an outdoor educator and naturalist in the Cincinnati area for nearly 20 years. During his time here, he has been involved in education, conservation, and land management work, helping to educate future generations about the importance of conserving green space.

His passion for nature education and conservation is evident in his personal and professional life. In 2011, his boundless curiosity led him on a continent-wide search for birds to photograph and observe. He is profoundly committed to sharing his passion for conservation here in the Greater Cincinnati area by supporting Taking Root.

“By working together on a grassroots, community level we can preserve the incredible diversity of our region’s green canopy while preserving our unique piece of the eastern deciduous forest and in turn the North American Continent.”


Program Coordinator: Nichole Henger

Nichole Henger graduated with a dual-graduate degree in Forestry and Natural Resources Management and Public Administration at SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University, respectively. She grew up in Dayton, and decided to come back to Ohio after her education and settled in Cincinnati. She started working at Taking Root in the summer of 2016 as an intern and later became the Program Coordinator. She loves educating people on how to plant trees and working on projects that help green the Tri-State area.

“Working with Taking Root has allowed me to explore the Cincinnati Area and create connections with people who truly love this city. It is inspiring to see people of all backgrounds come together to plant trees for future generations to enjoy.”