As a mom, I learned early on how important nature was for my kids. I had 2 colicky babies who could only be soothed by walks outside. For a time, my husband and I fostered emergency placement babies who suffered from emotional and behavioral issues. Just like my colicky babies, our foster babies were able to sooth themselves when they were outside playing in nature.
As my kids got older, I looked for activities that would keep them entertained outside and help them learn something new. At first, this was easy because the majority of outdoor activities online are for 2-6 year olds. But as my son got older, I needed activities that were more appropriate for his age and that could build his skill set in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
I wanted a curriculum that could grow with my children, be adaptable to my family's schedule, and one that was written by an expert.
I bought nature study curricula and looked at courses online. But everything I purchased fell short of my expectations. Some people were teaching bad science and when I looked at their credentials, they had NO background that gave them the expertise to write a curriculum on nature study. I even watched a man on Youtube teach people incorrect ecological terms - terms that could easily be Googled and understood.
There was nothing available online that fit my needs or my expectations. NOTHING.
That's when I realized that I had the expertise as a scientist and the experience as an educator and mom to write the kind of curriculum I wanted for my kids.