Facilitators

Brian Crosby: Co-Founder/Director

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Brian Crosby here! I am an adventure seeker that is always on the lookout for ways to connect to Nature in a deeper way.  I have a beautiful wife that is a dual immersion elementary school teacher.  We have two beautiful boys aged 3 and 6 months!  I have a degree in Recreation Management from the University of Nebraska.  I have also had training in Nature-Connected Life Coaching from the Earth-Based Institute in Boulder, Colorado.  I have first aid training as a Wilderness First Responder from the Wilderness Medicine Institute.  I have 15 years of professional experience working with people of all ages and abilities in the great outdoors.  These experiences have gifted me the opportunity to travel all over the Western United States working in Wilderness Therapy, wilderness trip guiding, summer camps, before and after school programs, and therapeutic recreation programs.   I believe in fostering and creating space for children’s curiosity and imagination to run free.  This is key to living a connected life, and is at the core of my personal mission, as well as that of Fern & Feathers’.  The gratitude I have for the opportunity to help cultivate your children’s wondrous spirit is immeasurable.  I look forward to meeting you all out on the Land!

Emily

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Hi! My name is Emily (she/her). I am a lifelong Willamette Valley gal and have lived in Philomath most of my life. My wife and I absolutely love living here and we are looking forward to raising our family in the area. I like day trips to the coast/lake, playing games, seeing friends/family, and being with/adventuring around with my wife. Preschool age kids are so fun, inspiring, and challenging; it’s so rad to witness their ideas and growth.

Erika

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Hello, I’m Erika! I love the outdoors and spent my early childhood adventuring in Alaska before moving to Oregon where I’ve lived ever since. My husband and I enjoy hiking and camping anywhere from the coast to the mountains. I spend my free time studying the night sky with my two telescopes, or being with my family. I love to learn, to teach, and to explore!

Stephanie

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Stephanie grew up sandwiched between giant conifers, strawberry & brussels sprout fields (she actually LIKES the smell of manure!), and the rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean. She is a firm believer that we all grow best in nature. Steph has engaged young people outdoors for 15+ years, ranging from week-long backpacking trips, to a few hours on the farm. She is fascinated by early childhood development, systems theory, and the Fibonacci sequence. After much traveling — and more moves than she cares to count — she’s delighted to call the Corvallis-area home. Steph lives with her husband, two very energetic children, and a handful of animals. When she’s not at forest school, Steph can be found working in her permaculture-inspired garden, curled up reading countless books, or lounging on her deck with a healthy pour of pinot noir.

Kyla Basher: Co-Founder / Ambassador

Kyla has always held an affinity for inspiring curiosity and how natural spaces lend themselves to innate learning. After a decade of balanced experiences in Outdoor Education, Adventure Leadership and Early Childhood Education she founded “The Wild Forest School” as a launching pad towards co-creating Fern & Feather Forest School with Co-founder and Director Brian Crosby. Kyla is driven to illuminate others’ natural curiosities in themselves and the world around them. She currently serves as the Outdoor Store Leader at Peak Sports in downtown Corvallis. Although no longer teaching, Kyla remains involved in FFFS with an attending child and volunteer support. You can find her running in the surrounding woods with her dog Oona, or at the beach with her son Cash, partner David and retired dog Jack. Sending love and light to all.