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Because Learning is Better Outside

Let's be honest.  Do you like sitting at a desk for hours filling out paperwork or looking up reference material from a textbook?  NO?  Well kids don't either!  They need to be outside getting down and dirty and working those legs.

Luckily, learning and being active are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, they are mutually beneficial!  (Don't believe me?  Check out our Why Outdoors page).

We help you take the goodness of outdoor learning and meld it with STEAM subjects, activities, and lessons to teach real life skills.  These are no glorified craft projects!  What can kids learn from taking it outside?

Problem Solving Skills + Confidence + Independent Thinking + Creativity + Exploration

exploring water bugs

laser beam obstacle course

Practice designing a simple experiment to test the shape of bubbles.  Or build team work skills playing plant babies tic-tac-toe.  What you can learn outside is as big as your imagination.

 

 

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What is with the name? Tyee is a locally familiar word but you might not have heard it before.  Tyee is pronounced Tie-ē and means leader, boss, or chief.  It comes from Chinook jargon which was a mixed language between Native Americans and traders here in the Northwest.  We chose it as a mix of the local heritage and to help lead you to outdoor experiences that will improve your live and family.

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Meet the Team

Tyee Outdoor Experience is the culmination of a life love of the outdoors + science by husband and wife team Isaac and Stephanie Ashby.  Kids need STEAM education AND active outdoor exploration more than ever so it is just the perfect combination.  Like peanut butter and chocolate without the calories.

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Isaac and pet Snakey
Isaac and pet Snakey

Isaac Ashby – Education director, naturalist, and camera addict

My love of the outdoors started young when I would sneak off to go hiking, fishing, and trailing deer to see how close I could get. It about gave my mom a heart attack but being outside is all I have ever wanted to do.

After receiving my degree in Wildlife Science I had the life changing opportunity to fulfill a teaching term at the local nature center. Before the nature center I had never seriously considered combining my teaching experience with my passion for the outdoors.

Now as a substitute teacher, I see zombie kids every day in the classroom that need something different to spark a love of learning and I'm happy to show them that active outdoor experiences can provide that spark.

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Steph Big Fish
Steph and the big one

Stephanie Ashby Business director, chief money stacker, and super class sidekick

I also started young in the outdoors. Some of my earliest memories are fishing with my dad, trekking through the trees on a trip to the mountain, or looking through the Wyoming Wildlife magazine. You could say it is in the blood.

And I'll tell you a secret... I'm a bit of a science nerd.  I have a degree in Environmental Chemistry and I laugh at all those terrible science jokes. (Why can you never trust atoms?  They make up everything! )

Now as a mom, I'm worried about kids not getting enough of these two things I love.  They need freedom to explore and question, opportunities to get muddy and have a little adventure.  And of course they can learn something at the same time.

 

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