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Meet the Environmental Horticulture Team

Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary - Environmental Horticulture Agent

I am Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary, the UF/IFAS Alachua County Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent. I received my B.S. in Landscape Contracting from the Pennsylvania State University. My interest in tropical ecosystems and ethnobotany led me to pursue a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, studying propagation methods of breadfruit, followed by a doctorate in Natural Resources & Environmental Management, researching the development of a native plant agroforestry system. I began working in Extension as an urban horticulture agent for the University of Hawaiʻi in Maui County where I coordinated the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, served the needs of the gardening public, and supported the county's floriculture industry. After 20 years in Hawaiʻi, my family and I moved to Gainesville, Florida where I had the opportunity to provide science outreach to youth and teachers as a science education and training specialist for the University of Florida, Center for Precollegiate Education and Training. I am very excited to return to Extension and look forward to combining my passion for teaching with my love for nature and plants and sharing that with the Alachua County community.


Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent II 352-955-2402

School Gardens Program Coordinator - Jesse Price

I have always had a passion for Science, Wildlife, and Conservation. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Organismal Biology with a Concentration in Conservation and Biodiversity from Auburn University. After graduating from college, I moved to Florida to work as an Educator at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. I loved educating guests of all ages about animals and conservation. After moving to Gainesville in 2018 with my wife, I worked for the National Ecological Observatory Network. Because of my love for education and the natural world, I decided to become a Florida Master Naturalist to gain more skills and experience teaching people about the wonders of nature in Florida. I am so excited to be the School Gardens Program Coordinator for the Master Gardener Program so I can share my passions with people and help them explore theirs!  


Jesse Price Master Gardener Volunteers & 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator 352-955-2402

Address 22712 W Newberry Rd Newberry, FL 32669

Hours Monday - Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm