Sprouting Knoweldge Outdoor Adventures for Preschoolers

Krystal Jeffery

Lead Facilitator | Founder | Director | Dreamer

“I genuinely love children. It is my role as a teacher to ensure I am lovingly meeting them exactly where they are at. Whether I am watching or listening to their play or helping them put back on that mitten that is just a little bit too tricky it is my job to be their guidepost toward a strong a capable sense of self.”

Krystal is an advocate for unsupervised freedom in play, we get there by supporting young children to engage in risky-play. She knows kids are capable and competent learners and values her role in supporting them in that place.
She loves sharing the little seeds of learning that happen in the moment. Rather than forcing a curriculum of set games and activities she prefers to keep a wheelhouse of ideas close at hand, ready to share when  the moment happens.

Krystal is a NCCP Community Sport Coach (#6147647), a Forest School Practitioner (Jan 2019), a ECEA 2014, will be an ECE – 2019 and a ECE/SE 2020), she also holds a current Wilderness First Aid Certificate which was re-certified March 2019.

Passions: stewardship, seeds and child development

Matthia Vailancourt

Outdoor Preschool Facilitator

“I am a parent, an educator and an advocate. I discovered my passion for Early Childhood Education when I shared my own children’s preschool experiences. I believe that the best opportunities for children to learn comes through unstructured play, preferably outside! I believe that beautiful, loving, well rounded early childhood experiences (with family, friends, and in childcare) are the most important factor in raising children to become healthy, whole-hearted, successful adults. My favourite part of being an ECE is helping children to discover their own agency and competency and supporting them to discover the beauty and fascination of the world around them.”

Matthia is a licensed Early Childhood Educator with a current Wilderness First Aid Certificate.

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Fabulous facilitators gone but not forgotten …

Michael Jeffery

Spring Break 2017 Camp Facilitator

Michael firmly believes humans thrive most when we are in nature. A hiking and kayak guide, Michael is pursuing a degree in wilderness therapy while living off the grid in his yurt.

Ashley Eklund

Outdoor Preschool Facilitator 2018
Ashley is an enthusiastic outdoor educator with a strong passion for youth and social change. Ashley believes our shared future and wellness relies heavily on how we grow our youth. We know that we’ll feel better leaving this world to an army of connected, passionate, budding naturalists who know and understand the natural world around them.

Anna Kirkpatrick

Forest Kindergarten Facilitator 2018/19
Anna is passionate about nature-based education. She is a BC certified teacher with many years of experience working in classrooms and community settings. As a newcomer to this ecosystem she is keen to learn more about the plants and animals that call this place home. Long distance running, camping, cycle touring and gardening are some of her favourite ways of connecting with nature.

What’s a Facilitator?

At Sprouting Knowledge we don’t see ourselves as instructors, leaders or teachers but rather facilitators of learning. We are here to support, guide, bridge gaps, scaffold higher learning and make connections. We provide the carefully crafted container and context in which children are masters of their own learning. Why? Because we believe all human beings are capable and competent learners.