At Ventures, we value the connection between people and the earth. Too many children are growing up without truly experiencing what it is like to live as part of the natural world, and there are so many consequences that can be seen in society because of that. We believe that exposure to outdoor skills should be a vital part of every child's development and because of that, we have created opportunities for them to call on their innate curiosity and creativity to explore what nature has to offer under the guidance of an experienced outdoor leader.
We hold a variety of programs for many ages and abilities, including everything from nature-inspired art to plant identification to outdoor skills and more. We also offer programs that can be customized to fit your child or group specifically, and will work with you to build one that will best benefit the needs/interest of your child or children. It is through all of these different programs that we hope to foster a connection with the outdoors and have children learn more about their surroundings, as well as each other and themselves. In addition to promoting their stages of development as growing children, these programs are simply a lot of fun.
To put it frankly, we run these programs because we have found that there are very few things more powerful than a child in the outdoors, because the young mind that is placed in the wild world is bound to find lessons much beyond any book.
About the Head Venturer:
Maddie Brown has a long history both in the outdoors and in working with children. Her story in the outdoors started before she can even remember, and has always been very familiar with the constant desire to be out exploring. She has hiked all over California and parts of Alaska, backpacked the Sierra Nevada's and California coast, and learned a wide variety of outdoor skills from many instrumental mentors.
She was educated as a child in both a homeschool setting and a Waldorf-inspired setting, as well as traditional public school, so she has a very broad background when it comes to the education of a child. You will find that the concept of "teaching the whole child" and the art/nature based philosophy of Waldorf will present itself throughout the different programs that we offer because of her experience in this form of education.
In addition to both of these backgrounds, she has over 12 years of training and competing in different martial arts styles- and around 7 of those years focused on teaching group and individual martial arts classes to children and adults. Within that time working with children, hundreds of hours were with individuals with special needs of different kinds.
The culmination of all of these endeavors has led to the creation of Ventures, and with the experience from her varied background she strives to extend quality outdoor education to as many children as possible.