Meet our Fabulous Outdoor Activity Consultants!
Taking your group outdoors requires special planning, and we have the perfect people to help you build your skills and confidence. Our four Outdoor Activity Consultants have a wealth of specialized experience from years of working outdoors with children and youth.
Our outdoor consultants can help you with program planning, finding resources, offering guidance and connecting the curriculum with outdoor learning experiences. While they’re not intended to do programming for you, they are delighted to work with you to discover the rewards of being outdoors.
Greetings! I am Nancy Thomson, an Outdoor Activity Consultant with Pathway to Stewardship and Kinship. However, to many students and teachers, I am known as ‘Nature Nancy.’ When the students see me coming, they know they are in for time exploring and learning outside! For the past 6 years, I have been running Think Outside which brings outdoor education programming to schools using local greenspace to connect people to the earth and to each other. With 25 years of Outdoor Education experience in many different settings, I look forward to sharing with teachers, parents and children to grow the important work of the Pathway team.
Hi! I’m Kelly King, a settler living in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. With a B.A. in Indigenous Studies from Trent University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, my work has focused on Indigenous histories of place, settler responsibilities to land, and community arts practices. I’m currently the Outreach and Education Coordinator with the TRACKS Youth Program, which connects youth to traditional ecological knowledge and positive ways of engaging with the land and with each other. I’m passionate about localizing environmental perspectives and supporting people in building their relationship to the territories they call home.
Hi, my name is Nancy Doherty. As an Early Childhood Educator and a grandma, children are my passion. I have always loved the outdoors and growing up with a dad who was a Conservation Officer, our house was always full of orphaned critters. Those early experiences helped me view the natural world with respect and awe. With our wonderful seasons in the Kawarthas, I make sure to get outside every day – it makes me happy! I look forward to collaborating with the Early Learning Community to develop program connections to the Pathway Landmarks.
Hi, my name is Brittany Finigan. I’m a K-12 certified teacher with a specialization in Outdoor Education. She has spent three years working with teachers-in-training in the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University and supports youth and public education with a number of environmental non-profit organizations. She believes in student-centered, inquiry-based learning through practical and meaningful experience.