Workshops & Education

With an extensive background in experiential education, I strive to teach and inspire pre-teens through senior citizens to explore skills and places that make a more unique, fulfilling life. When I was 11 years old, I started taking advantage of many opportunities to teach, starting with my little sister’s Camp Fire group. Since then, I have enjoyed getting to know people from all over the world through workshops and trainings in a variety of settings (camps, conferences, workshops, libraries, classrooms, studios, state parks, challenge courses, zip parks, walking and driving tours, etc.). The best part of teaching anything is the fact that I learn just as much as my clients/students/trainees do! 

Since 2016, I have had the honor to teach and inspire our community through MCPL programming.

Inspiration & Skills

Some people say I have random interests, I say I seek out all things fun! Topics I currently offer include:

INSPIRATIONAL:​

  • Celestial KC 

  • Curiosity Passport: how to play!

  • Flowing Through History: KC - the City of Fountains (Parts 1 & 2)

  • Giants of KC

  • Haunted KC (Parts 1 & 2)

  • Hidden Historic Gems of KC

  • KC Curiosity Passport

  • KC Staycations & Holidays

  • KC Spring Break Prep

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path KC (Parts 1 & 2)

SKILLS:​

  • Beyond Selfies: Taking Quality Photographs with Your Cell Phone

  • Cell Phone Photography Basics

  • Friendship Bracelets for Beginners

  • Firebuilding

  • Hemp Friendship Bracelets

  • Internet Citizenship

  • Knot or Not a Knot: Knot Tying for Beginners

  • Letterboxing Basics

  • Papermaking - Pour Method

  • Stamp Carving Basics

  • Vlogs: What's Your Style?

  • Zines: What? Why? How? 

Walking Tours

The overall idea of all of my tours is storytelling. I love to tell stories of the history, the characters that created the foundation of what we see now, the evolution over time, and what is going on currently (& hopefully information of what is planned for the future). I strive to inspire attendees to have a deeper connection with this community, which usually translates into involvement on a broader or deeper level. I look for opportunities to highlight public art, architecture and local businesses. My stories look at the past with an open mind, trying to understand the motivations of the people of the time from even the most horrid histories (slavery, war, homicide, annihilation of ecosystems, etc), rather than just skipping over them. I try to link the past with the present, not only in stating dates, but also in linking dates with other historical knowledge. As I am also a photographer, I always look for at least one or two places attendees might want to snap a "souvenir" photo of their tour. Obviously, the extrovert in me just loves to help spread the word about the awesomeness that surrounds us to other people. I'd be happy to create a tour for your group. 

 

WALKING TOURS (current list of tours already designed): 

  • Walking Tour of Blue Springs, Missouri

  • Walking Tour of Parkville, Missouri

  • Walking Tour of Weston, Missouri

DRIVING TOURS (in partnership with the City of Fountains Foundation)

  • Midtown KC Fountains Tour

  • Midtown + Downtown KC Fountains Tour (2-3 hours with photo stop on the Plaza)

  • Metro-wide KC Fountains Tour (all day with several photo stops & lunch at a KC favorite)

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