Mountain Kids! began in 2009 out of a mother’s desire to connect her children and their peers with nature and a community of outdoor enthusiasts. With a borrowed “Adventure Van” meeting in their backyard, a handful of children and adults began to play in the mountains three days per week during the hot month of June. Nine years later, our community has grown to hundreds of families from Santa Fe and beyond!
Hands-on adventures in nature through exploration, imaginative play, games, stories, songs, art, hiking, natural history, backpacking, mountain biking and good-old fashioned fun! For children and teens ages 3-16. Learn more
With so much research to support the benefits of time spent in nature we are thrilled to offer Friday Afternoon Adventures for SFPS students!
Katie is the Founder and Director of Mountain Kids. She feels strongly about enabling kids to leave hectic schedules and technology behind in order to wonder, learn, and play in nature. Katie earned her degree in Education from the University of British Columbia and has studied the Art of Mentoring at the Wilderness Awareness School. Learn more
Carmen has worked in early childhood education throughout the last decade. Her work couples her concern to nourish the exuberant wonder of childhood with her love for the magic of the natural world. She has a great love for wildness (within and without), and an abiding passion for the rooted world of plants. Learn more
Max was born and raised in Santa Fe, and developed a strong love for the landscape of the Southwest at a young age. He has spent hundreds of days hiking, fishing, rafting, and backpacking in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah. Learn more
Jon Ross, who goes by JR, was born and raised in southern California where his thirst for adventure drove him to outdoor leadership at the Catalina Island Summer Camps. He sought more outdoor education experience while being an instructor at The Outdoor School in the hill country of Texas, and a then leader at the YMCA in Boston. Learn more
Rebecca has worked as a Park Interpreter in Colorado, leading pond studies, writing puppet shows, and crafting nature programs for the children and the public. She currently works at La Mariposa Montessori and is looking forward to her second summer at Mountain Kids! Learn more
Morgan has worked with children since she was a child herself. She is pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education and currently works at Desert Montessori running their after school program. Learn more
Alexandra is a seasoned Mountain Kids! counselor, native Santa Fean, and lover of the Sangre de Christo mountains. She is a performing artist who loves to play, collaborate, and make things (up). She is a gifted educator of young children, coming alive and connecting with little ones in a magical way that resonates with their little spirits. Learn more
Ulysses is a student at the Santa Fe Community College, where he especially enjoys film and biology classes. He has lived in the Española Valley for his whole life and enjoys working with kids at Montessori schools in Santa Fe. Learn more