“A terrific outdoor program that will foster a life-long love of Nature”
My daughter loved her experience at Melissa and Patrick's after-school nature camp. The curriculum and activities were exciting, entertaining and educational while also age appropriate. Melissa and Patrick beautifully walked the line of being nurturing and friendly, but made sure that the kids stayed safe and respectful of the environment and each other -- not always an easy task in a space filled with sticks and mud puddles. Add to that the couples' tremendous knowledge of Northwest plants and critters, and you've got a terrific outdoor program that will foster a life-long love of nature.
— Lisa S., Seattle Mom to Lucinda
“I love the unique combination of high energy play with calm and patient demeanor”
I am thrilled to know that Melissa and Pat are running their own Nature school. My family has been lucky enough to have experienced their amazing talents in connecting with kids and inspiring nature curiosity for a few years now. I love the unique combination of high energy play with calm and patient demeanor that they bring to engage with the children. They are also mavens of nature with much knowledge and know-how to share. Simply love them!
— Dora D., Bellingham
"Patrick and Melissa are two of the most nurturing and competent educators I have ever observed and, by far, my son's most beloved teachers to date - a precious gift to any child in their circle of influence. They mentor and teach using a beautiful toolbox of songs, stories, and primitive skills. What an inspiring example of deep reverence and connection with nature!"
- Yasmin, Seattle parent
“Energetic, loving, and always happy to get down in the dirt”
"Melissa and Pat are energetic, loving, and always happy to get down in the dirt with their students. Even though they mentored our kids more than a year ago, our kids still talk about how much they loved working with them!"
— Nic W & Kristen T., Vashon Island
“Nurturing, patient and knowledgeable”
Melissa and Pat are nurturing, patient and knowledgeable. They guided the children but allowed them to self-explore and come to the correct conclusions on their own. They are a treasure."
— Stacey B., Seattle
“They both have a way of expressing their passion for nature and wildlife that is mesmerizing for kids”
Patrick and Melissa have consistently shown tremendous patience, enthusiasm, and love for both of my kids. They both have a way of expressing their passion for nature and wildlife that is mesmerizing for kids. After a day in the forest, my children come home able to identify plants as well as scat! They would rattle off information about animal sounds, habitats, and the environmental impact of humans. My children were encouraged to tackle obstacles, that they still talk about today with pride. They talk to the kids in a manner that is appropriate for their age and more importantly, respectful of who they are. They got my kids to be their best selves with each other by showing their own compassion and love for them. Patrick and Melissa will not only enrich your kids’ lives, but yours as well.
— Rebecca B., Seattle