~There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots and the other is wings~
Meet the masterminds behind Wild Crescent
We believe that by fostering an outdoor environment for child led learning within our communities can and will positively change the world. With one stepping stone at a time, with one nature program at a time, our kiddos can make incredible change happen.
Our mission is to help kiddos THRIVE in any way we can.
We hope you take this journey with us.
Hey there! Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but I rarely like to “take the beaten path.” I am a bit of a trailblazer and I believe in embodying a life full of imagination, wonder, creativity, and so much more! I am a Wyoming original, but I have been living in Colorado for over seven years! After graduating from the University of Wyoming I moved to Fort Collins to pursue my interests in business, marketing and of course exploring the Colorado outdoors. I have successfully been a partner to over 60 small businesses over the years - assisting and training them with digital marketing and business planning. Even though my passions have been helping small “mah and pah” businesses thrive, I continue to revert back to my love and compassion for children. You will find me spending free time researching current education system practices, subjects on where future generations are heading, and diverse ways that communities can contribute to kids. Mostly involving their creativity, nutrition, and their innate explosive talents that we tend to not notice as adults. I also love TedTalks and YouTube videos that revolve around better ways of doing things, especially around education. Just one of my favorite quotes for kiddos? I am glad you asked! “Education doesn’t need to be reformed–it needs to be transformed. The key is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their individual true passions.” Sir Ken Robinson.
I truly believe that -without pointing fingers- traditional learning (think too much chalkboard/indoor time) is not working anymore. Traditional methods are not solely shutting down a few creative/brilliant young minds, but it is shutting down millions across the globe. If you strike up a conversation about children’s growth, I can potentially get emotional – and may or may not strive to talk for hours on these subjects- you have been warned! One morning mantra I have on the reg is “nature heals, transforms, forgives, opens our senses and passions we have forgotten about. Let’s get out there already!” I cannot wait to serve more kiddos in my own community and I hope to spread the ideas of nature-based programs globally. I am fully certified in CPR, Wilderness First Aid and I am a regular of mindfulness/yoga training for children. I consider myself a lifelong learner and I will always have continued goals as an outdoor educator! I am beyond grateful to open up this space to those who feel called to embark on the journey with CodiAnne and me!
Hello! I am from a small town in Wyoming. I moved to Colorado 5 years ago for many reasons, but the top reason was due to my love for the outdoors. Afterall, there are 54 14ers in this great state! I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Elementary Education and I have 9 years of experience in a diverse array of classrooms and camps.
My first full-time teaching experience was on the Wind River Native American reservation in Wyoming. This experience, where I learned from the indigenous cultures of the Arapaho and Shoshone people, broadened my view of our world. Through their intentional ties to Mother Earth, I realized my true passion is working with children and nature. This led me to find a dream job in Alaska where I spent two summers flying into native villages by bush plane, putting on outdoor wellness camps for children. While there, I studied to become a certified youth mental health advocate so that I could effectively address and harness social-emotional skills. While in Alaskan villages, I guided safe, conscientious and culturally responsive summer wellness programs. I designed programs that dynamically responded to youths’ holistic needs and goals in varying villages. For the past two years, I have been a 5th-grade teacher in Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado. As a passionate teacher, I have always felt it is my sacred duty to help nurture the mind, body, and spirit of each child I am blessed to work with.
For some time, it has been an intentional goal of mine to open up a nature-based program; a place where children can learn about what I consider to be “inner life” teachings. First and foremost, it is letting children take the wheel of their learning and allowing them the space to discover what they are interested in. It also includes mindfulness, yoga, healthy living habits (we will serve a variety of fresh vegetables each session!), risk assessment, ethnobotany, outdoor survival and safety skills, social-emotional skills, confidence building, and whatever “inner life” teachings a child needs in any given moment. Simply put, “inner life” teachings are the things that don’t get taught at a traditional school but that are so important for both intrapersonal and interpersonal growth. I am fully certified in CPR, Wilderness First Aid and I am a regular of mindfulness/yoga training for children. I consider myself a lifelong learner and I will always have continued goals as an outdoor educator! I am beyond grateful to open up this space to those who feel called to embark on the journey with Hailey and me!