Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

A lifelong lover of the natural world, Erin joined the staff of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in 2019. She is an educator, writer, curator, and environmentalist, and brings over a decade of experience in museum education to her role at BRIT. Erin is passionate about working with adult learners, having led the docent corps at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Erin has served on the UTA Fort Worth Gallery Advisory Committee and written extensively about art of all types. She has studied theories of natural wellness and enjoys continuing to develop her ties to the local community through plants and art. 

At BRIT, Erin's focus is to connect adults with the plant world through hands-on classes and art exhibitions that focus on plants, ecology, sustainability, conservation, health and wellness, and the natural world. She finds it a joy to partner with the array of informal educators and researchers throughout the region that have important information to share. Whether its learning the medicinal properties of native plants, discovering how to use the camera to capture the wonders of pollinators, or exploring the world of soil biology, Erin feels that there is something to be found for everyone through GROW adult education offerings. 

In her role as curator of the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall, Erin enjoys showcasing artwork by botanical artists and artists exploring the natural world. Through art, BRIT visitors and staff locate new ways to think about the botanical world in all its forms.  

"Being in touch with the natural world is crucial." -Sir David Attenborough