Facilitation Team

Flying Squirrel Adventures is brought to you by a collaborative initiative supported and enabled by the Town of Kentville Recreation Department.  We have an enthusiastic and talented team of nature facilitators who carefully plan and deliver each session.  Every one of our facilitators has experience working with people in nature and have the required police checks for working with young people.  At least one facilitator in each stream (Adults and Children) has first aid training and carries with them a first aid kit appropriate to this terrain and activities.

Meet the team!

Judy Lipp, Program Coordinator

Judy is  excited to be a part of Flying Squirrel Adventures as it marries her interest in community organizing with her passion for connecting with nature. Judy has always loved spending time in the great outdoors.  Quiet wanders or challenging hikes through the woods, beach combing and foraging wild edibles are some of her favorite activities.   Despite growing up running through the woods and climbing trees, she found her naturalist tendencies peaked in the middle of Canada’s largest urban centre where she first started tracking coyotes, foraging medicinal plants and starting fires with friction.  She discovered that nature can be as magical in an abandoned lot as in the middle of a wilderness area, the key is being ready to see it.  Helping people rekindle their love of and comfort in nature through fun, engaging activities is her mission.

Emily LeGrand, Children’s Stream Lead

Nature was a central part of Emily’s childhood with experiences like raising tadpoles into frogs, getting to know the deer herd in the forest by her home, and daily nature walks with her family. Flying Squirrel Adventures brings together many of Emily’s passions, including child-led, self-directed learning, natural history, nature connection, and having a good time goofing around in the stream!  Emily loves to watch kids grow in confidence, playfulness, focused attention and physical mobility as they are supported to play and learn in woods. She has been working to promote outdoor play in the Annapolis Valley for the last few years with municipalities and schools, and is very excited to continue on a similar path with Flying Squirrel Adventures!

Rena Thomas, Creative Design and Communications Lead

We’re excited to have Rena on Board for the summer to help with some new creative initiatives and support our communications effort.

Rena is an artist and filmmaker of settler ancestry living in Halifax, NS. She has also worked as a yoga instructor, doula, nanny, adventure and art camp facilitator, arts coordinator, administrator and safer spaces advocate.

Rena’s art practice uses analogue film, installation, and performance to explore the concepts of body, landscape and memory. Informed by her observations of the environment and her experiences as a cisgender women, Rena’s practice hopes to reconnect a conscious connection to nature.

Marina Myra, facilitator

Marina is a Nature Educator, Biologist and a Science Teacher who loves exploring nature and sharing that love with others. She has spent many years developing and leading outdoor programs for children of all ages.

 

Laura Bullock, facilitator

Laura has loved spending time outdoors and getting involved in nature programs since she began attending outdoor skills camps at a young age. Laura believes that spending time in nature is an amazing way to restore energy, peace, and perspective and to build meaningful communities! Laura has worked with environmental education programs for over three years, and is so grateful for the opportunities to explore the Valley and meet such amazing people through Flying Squirrel Adventures!

Christina Daffre, facilitator

Christina has always been drawn to the outdoors. She spent her youth exploring ponds and camping with her family in Ontario. Her connection with nature has taught her a lot about the world and herself and so she believes it is so crucial for children to have this experience. Flying Adventure Squirrels has offered her the opportunity to develop and strength her skills facilitating outdoor education and combine her love of nature and people.

Mariah Skater,  facilitator

Mariah loves being outdoors at every opportunity: hiking, playing, connecting with others and connecting with nature. Mariah is passionate about experiential, self-directed education and helping others to develop an appreciation for the outdoors! Through her Community Development degree at Acadia University she has been working to develop more of these opportunities in the Annapolis Valley.