Vision: A life attuned to the to the wonders of nature for every child, family, teacher, and school.  

Mission: Children who fall in love with the earth's many wonders grow into adults determined to protect them. Our mission is to help parents and teachers connect young children to nature through professional development, parent education and DIY workshops. Explore our current workshop catalog to learn more!

Philosophy: Children who fall in love with the natural world grow up to be adults who take good care of it, and mother nature needs all the allies she can get. But not only does nature need them, children need nature just as much. So how can you help your kids connect with nature? Through play. The more time children spend playing freely with objects from nature and in natural spaces, and looking at, thinking about, and discussion the many elements of nature, the better. And helping children connect with nature, means we teachers & parents get to reap all those same benefits. Everyone wins.

History: I (Josephine) created A Barefoot Education after many years teaching and caring for young children in Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, and Maine. Always enchanted by nature myself, my favorite part of teaching has always been sharing every-day nature adventures with kids, whether we're searching the shores for frogs at the pond, or shells at the beach, or curled up in the corner of the classroom with a story about a boy who weaves cloth from the clouds. Helping children uncover the magic of natural world has awakened in me an enthusiasm for natural history that I likely lost long ago in the journey to adulthood. Children experience nature with such joy because so often they are experiencing things for the very first time and once you learn to see it through their eyes as an adult, it's hard to go back to seeing the world in any other way than enchanted. 

Josephine is a teacher,  writer,  toy-maker, photographer, and naturalist. She is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for teachers, parents, and other caregivers to connect young children to nature and a sustainable lifestyle through everyday play.