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The Forest School Foundation is a 100% volunteer-led organization. Our Board of Directors includes talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds and locations, all working together to promote the mission of forest school advocacy and awareness.


Michael Torres

Michael Torres Forest School Foundation

Dr. Torres has worked as an educator and biochemist since 1970, devoting his career to teaching and research in higher education in the US and abroad. Now retired, Michael pursues his passion for travel, photography and the natural world.  In 2016 he helped to establish the Forest School Foundation in Asheville, NC.

Vice President

Cori Ash


Bio Coming Soon!

Administrative Director 

Harper Leich


Bio Coming Soon! 


Marie Graven


With a BA in Psychology and Outdoor Leadership, and an MS in Counseling, Marie developed her passion for nature working as an Outdoor Educator for 15 years, and now as a Therapist focused on the healing powers of being outdoors. As a parent to 2 young kiddos (who attend Growing Wild in the summer), she is focused on creating inclusive opportunities for all kiddos to attend Forest Schools. 

Board Member

Mark Westergaard


Bio Coming Soon!

Multi-Media Specialist

Daniel De Wit


Daniel is a multi-media artist and designer with a passion for all things 'green' - from gardening and architecture to  outdoor education and climate activism. His specialty  in video production will assist Growing Wild Forest School in communicating the spirit and stories of forest school to new audiences.

School Director

Kathryn Long


Kathryn is a co-founder of the Forest School Foundation and its premier Growing Wild Forest School. Her vast experience in early childhood education and forest school training through the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers has gifted her with the opportunity to support young learners in their  intrinsic belonging to their human communities and to their natural world.

Board Members Needed!

Your Name Here

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Send your resume and letter of interest, we would love to connect with you:

To learn more about the educational and administrative staff we work with, please visit the Growing Wild Forest School.

Interested in getting involved with our team? Check out our current volunteer opportunities.

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