About Us

The Creative Wild is a play and inquiry based program committed to nature immersion time. We firmly believe that being present in nature in a hands on, unstructured way, results in a deep personal connection with the Earth. This connection aids in the development of essential social skills such as respect, compassion, and empathy, while encouraging child development and stewardship in a therapeutic natural setting.
As children explore the environment, gravitation toward STEM becomes a natural part of our curriculum. Children learn to take initiative in their own education as they form a deep connection with the forest and ultimately ask of their environment, "I wonder what will happen if...". For older children, this rootedness in the scientific method is extended as we incorporate more investigational problem solving elements into the curriculum. Daily documentation of the learning ensures the creation and implementation of our emergent curriculum.
We climb, dig, build, hide, run and explore. In these activities we expand and respect the development process of our group. We pay special attention to the social and emotional aspects of development so that children can feel comfortable taking initiative that helps them feel empowered, compassionate and independent. Above all else, we foster an innate and authentic connection with nature as we cultivate awe and wonder and imagination.

Meet the Team

The Creative Wild was born out of a shared vision to foster the connection between children and nature.

After meeting while on the homeschooling journey, Stephanie and Marshauna found common ground when it came to using the forest as a tool in their educational goals.

A day at "the office" for us often includes one or more of the following adventures...natural boat building, dam construction, physical agility tests, and the occasional mud throwing research experiment!

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Marshauna Mikelionis

Founder 

Marshauna has been homeschooling since 2014. From 2013 - 2015, she taught at Lake Tahoe Montessori School. In May 2018, she completed The Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training Program in Vashon Island, WA.

Marshauna has two children and is alternately referred to as 'Fairy Marshauna'.

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Stephanie DeStefano

Founder

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Miami. In 2016, she received her Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and in 2017, completed her 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training. She has been homeschooling since 2014 and in May of 2018, she completed her forest kindergarten training from Cedarsong Nature School in Vashon Island, WA.

Stephanie has two children and can usually be found outside and barefoot.