April 27, 2023 | By:

Episode 108: Kelly Borgman on Rewilding the Enormous Mississippi River Watershed

Kelly Borgman, Heartland Rewilding’s Programs & Outreach Manager


Kelly Borgmann grew up on a historic farm in rural east-central Indiana. Spending her days playing in the woods and caring for the land gave her a deep appreciation of nature. Participating in 4-H and FFA taught her how to be a productive member of rural and agricultural communities.

Following her passion for wild nature, Kelly earned an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from Ball State University. She then spent the next several years traveling and has spent time working as a field guide in South Africa, a human-manatee interactions researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Florida, a National Park Service cowgirl in Montana, and a conservation educator in Ohio. And now she is part of the Rewilding Institute and Project Coyote team working on our new rewilding and carnivore coexistence program in the Mississippi River Watershed.


  • What is the Heartland Rewilding program?
  • What does it take to inspire and organize people around rewilding in the Mississippi River Watershed?
  • How to maintain balance as a busy, high-energy conservation leader.
  • The unusual path Kelly traveled to arrive at Heartland Rewilding and advice for people who want to do this kind of work.
  • How you can get involved in the exciting and fun work in the Heartland of the United States.
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