Kathy quit her full time job in July 2011 to become a stay at home/homeschool mom to her two children. Besides being a busy mother she is also a devoted wife, blogger, fieldtrip expert, naturalist and social media guru. Kathy's is passionate about getting children outside and immersed in nature which she has been doing with her own children since they were just a few days old. It is this passion that has driven her to create ECO, so that other homeschool children can become immersed in nature and learn more about the natural world around them.
Kathy is an Outdoor Wildlife Leader, Conservation Leader, Master Naturalist (in GA and AZ), National Geographic Certified Educator, Audubon Volunteer, SMEEC Volunteer, Keep Nature Wild Ambassador and Treekeeper with Trees Atlanta. She is certified in Project Wet, Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Aquatic Wild, and CPR/first aid certified. And she is currently working on obtaining her Environmental Educator Certification. She has completed over 450 hrs of professional development training in the subjects of science and outdoor education. You can view her creditials here.
When she is not tending to children or managing several homeschool group's across the USA, she enjoys volunteering, blogging, scrapbooking, hiking, geocaching, arts/crafts, traveling and watching movies. Read more about the Balman family homeschool journey on their blog, Kathys Cluttered Mind.
Kylie was born and raised in Arizona but didn’t fall in love with her home state until a few years ago when her kids reached preschool age. She noticed that her children learned naturally from observing the world around them. She is a stay-at-home mom and currently pursuing environmental education to learn more about nature and how we can be aware and mindful while absorbing everything it has to teach us. She unschools/wildschools her two kids and is passionate about cultivating children’s love of nature, plants, and wildlife! You can often find them outdoors, hiking, camping, exploring, getting wet, etc. Kylie and her kids have been apart of Educating Children Outdoors for a year and she is also a Free Forest School Facilitator. She loves journaling, reading, cooking, doing yoga/meditating, and following the moon phases/seasons with her kids!
Candice is a life-long learner and is homeschooling her two boys in the Phoenix Metro area. She has an undying love of nature and believes that connection with the natural world is of paramount importance for both children and adults alike. In addition to her studies at home, Candice often participates in educator workshops to further her knowledge of our wonderful planet.