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I'm the Lead Learner over here at the Nature Skills Cooperative. I'm a mom of two girls, Eleanor (4) and Ruby (2). Ever since I can remember, I felt a deep connection to nature. I'd lose myself in the small patch of evergreens next to my childhood home; it felt like a huge forest!

Now my passion is creating space for kids and parents to experience nature together while learning practical skills that may have gotten lost through generations. Something as simple as being able to identify the common plants that are growing right in your backyard facilitates that relationship.

I am an ordained non-denominational minister with a background in psychology, counseling, and child development. I have over a decade of experience designing programs that help children learn and grow. I'm a firm believer that safety, belonging, and awe are essential ingredients in creating environments for children, and that's how I've designed these nature-based play groups.

So, I hope you'll join me! Child-led outdoor play IS learning, and it's a wonderful gift to give your child... and yourself.


Jocelyn is an incredible mom, and takes children in and treats them as if they were her own. She has a gift for teaching and sharing her love and knowledge for the outdoors. She just draws you in and makes you want to learn more how to utilize the world around us from gardening, foraging, working with sourdough, pickling, etc.

She takes her time to notice fun places for our children to visit outside. The kids not only have a blast, but Jocelyn makes learning easy and fun for any age.

Mallory T

My two extra high-energy boys (4 and 6 yrs) have had the privilege of learning from Jocelyn for almost a year now. They love getting their hands dirty, feeding animals, watering plants, hunting for berries, and discovering new edibles in the woods!

Jocelyn has such a great set-up for the kids to run free and play safely. My boys love the mud-kitchen, the swings, and all the different activities they find in Jocelyn’s yard (it’s always different). Jocelyn is kind and patient with the kids while leading them to develop necessary social skills that help create a pleasant environment for all involved.

I highly recommend Jocelyn if you’re looking for a fun outlet for your kids to learn and grow in nature and in character!

Rachael V

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