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 2.5 and 1 month!  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!



Hi, my name is Kerstin Frueh, and I am passionate about raising kids in close connection with the Earth; fostering curiosity, self-discovery, passions and connections. I was raised in Switzerland where I earned my degree in education. I am a music teacher, primitive living skills instructor, a gardener and homesteader, and a mother of two beautiful home schooled teenage sons who grew up amid the classrooms of nature. I am excited and grateful to be part of the Fern & Feather family, learning right alongside our little people as the eternal learner I am.


Hey there, my name is Maria. I’m a naturalist, artist, and formally trained in both conservation biology and social science. I’ve spent most of my life in the Sonoran Desert where I became curious about the living world and how people interact with place. My greatest passion is connecting people to nature and to one another and forest school is an uplifting place to see that happen everyday. I’m continually inspired by the curiosity, imagination, and perceptiveness of the kids; I’m grateful to be able to work with them!

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.