Our Mission Statement...

To foster an appreciation for nature, science and the arts.

What is Little Rose Nature Adventures?

Little Rose Nature Adventures is an educational program that teaches a love of nature, stewardship and organic farming skills. It includes 94 acres of conservation property (woodlands,creeks, meadows, a swamp) and organic farm under the 501c3 non-profit organization Buds of Little Rose. 

Who We Are


Maria Moody has taught K-3 Special Education for 7 years at Chase Street Elementary School in Athens, Ga. She is currently a 3rd grade SPED teacher at Chase St. School. She is an alumni of Teach For America, during which she taught 7th grade Special Education at Lewis and Clarke Middle school for two years in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a certified Georgia Educator in all content areas for General and Special Education Pre K-5th grade. Maria has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia.  She is a certified Project WILD instructor. In 2013 she created and led "Seeds of the Earth Summer Camp" at Earthsong in Athens, Ga. She is the curriculum creator and lead teacher for Exploring the Earth Summer Camp from 2017- present at Little Rose Nature Adventures in Watkinsville, Ga.

 Melissa Steele serves as Little Rose Nature Adventures' general coordinator,integrating nature based projects into the curricula, doing all marketing and promotion of the programs, and overseeing all hiring of staff. Melissa created Little Rose Nature Adventures and has been running all aspects of the school solo during it's inception in 2014. Her career of interior design over the previous 30 years taught her innovative project management skills, and her lifelong love of children and a natural way with them called her to create this unique and much loved organization. As an artist she has the ability to spark imagination in children and adults, and as a natural leader, all are drawn to her free-spirited approach to learning.