KATRINA GATAVECKAS

Wild Path Forest School Founder, Director

Katrina is an outdoor educator who believes that every day should include adventure.

After completing her teaching degree, Katrina began her journey into outdoor education by founding Red Robin Nature Preschool in Toronto. When she moved to Grey County in 2017 she began teaching at Little Sprouts Nature Preschool, a cooperative preschool run at Cedar Down Farm.

She is a graduate of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program, where she furthered her knowledge of Ontario's plant and animal species. She then had the pleasure of learning  and connecting with other educators at the Forest and Nature School Practitioner course run by Forest School Canada.

When not at forest school Katrina can be found hiking on the Bruce Trail, gardening, and spending time with her husband and son.

B. Ed., Primary/Senior

M.Sc., Anthropology

Graduate of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program

Certified Forest and Nature School Practitioner 

Our Mentors

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ROSEMARY CRICK

Wild Path Forest Preschool Teacher

Rosemary began teaching preschool at Wild Path in March 2022. She enjoys co-creating a place of learning with the children and with nature. By carefully watching what emerges, Rosemary encourages sharing, communication, physical exercise, self confidence and artistic expression. 

Rosemary has a Certificate in Garden Design from UBC, and has continued her education at the Rudolf Steiner Centre taking their Foundation Studies, Biodynamic Farming, and New Adult Learning programs. Her other pursuits include running a market garden, practicing reiki and raising two children with her husband.  

 

Rosemary holds the children in a circle of love and safety (and lots of singing!) within which they are free to explore and thrive.
 
She is currently enrolled in Forest and Nature School Practitioner Course.

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EMILY SCHNURR

Wild Path Forest School Mentor

Emily is a recent graduate of the Education program at Lakehead University. Getting to live and learn in Thunder Bay provided Emily with lots of amazing outdoor opportunities. She has grown up in this area and loves exploring the Bruce Peninsula. 

When not at forest school Emily can be found cooking, camping, or golfing. 

B.Ed., Intermediate Senior

B.Kin., Minoring in Environmental Studies

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