Brian Crosby: Co-founder/Director
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, and in June 2018, we welcomed our first child to this big beautiful world! 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 also 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. In addition, I plan and facilitate deep nature connection and community building workshops. 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!
Kyla Basher: Co-Founder / Ambassador
Hello! My name is Kyla, a mother of one belly-laughing toddler, wife to a commercial fisherman and owner of two toddler loving dogs. I have lived in our community for four years and have repeatedly heard the need for more quality early childhood education. My background has taken me through nearly 15 years of outdoor, environmental and adventure education. I have worked with ages 6 months to 18 years through summer camps, educational programs, public schools, and non-profits. I absolutely love the rain and believe there isn’t too much bad weather out there, just inadequate clothing. Being able to service my community through Forest Kindergarten is truly a passion and a melding of so many skills gathered along my path. I look forward to meeting you and bringing the most quality experiential education to your children while fostering this forest community.
Linda is our resident Grandma on Wednesdays. A former educator, Linda not only shares energy and time with her grandchild but with all our children. Linda hails from the colder netherworlds of North Dakota and thus keeps us all chipper on cooler days! Always with a smile we are thrilled to share in this experience.
Hey there, my name is Jessica and I currently study philosophy and peace studies at Oregon State University. I love working with children; their inquisitive attitudes and loads of energy make them a joy to be around. At forest school, I focus on experiencing real-world environments and building a diverse philosophical understanding all while having delightful playtime, crafts, and adventures.
I’ve grown up in the Willamette Valley and lived here all my life. I’m 32 and have worked in childcare and in the education system for a decade now, and I absolutely love working with young kids, showing them the magic of nature and our complex ecosystems here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m also a student and about to graduate with a degree in Environmental Science.
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.