it’s a wild story
Hi there! We are the Tidd family and we are passionate about outdoor learning! We live in a log cabin tucked into the woods near Ithaca, NY.
Rachel Tidd is the author of the Wild Math® and Wild Reading™ Curriculums and a leading proponent of integrating the outdoors and natural materials in with core academics. She became interested in teaching and learning outside after watching her two children thrive in an outdoor forest preschool. Wild Math® and Wild Reading have been used in schools and by homeschool parents throughout the U.S. and the world. Rachel has written and presented about Wild Math® and outdoor learning at conferences, on podcasts, and in magazines. Her book Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors will be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in April 2023.
Prior to founding Wild Learning, Rachel obtained extensive teaching experience as an elementary and special education teacher and as a homeschool parent. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She enjoys walks in nature, good books, handwork such as knitting and sewing, traveling, and strong coffee. Learn more about her upcoming book from Jossy-Bass/Wiley entitled Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors.
Leo is the business operations manager at Wild Learning. Leo enjoys land and water-based outdoor adventures with the family, tabletop roleplaying games, art, and cooking. He also is an environmental planning consultant and has worked on transportation projects across the country. He is currently the chair of the local planning board and is involved in local climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives. Rachel and Leo met at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and have been married for over 15 years. He also holds an M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.
Finn is 12 years old and is passionate about Ham Radio, science, reading, and hot sauce. He loves hiking, swimming in gorges, skiing, biking, and kayaking. He helped test the upper-grade Wild Math® levels and has been our go-to person for many of our computer and technology issues!
Taro is 9 years old and enjoys history, building with blocks, carving, and identifying plants. He also loves to swim, forage for wild foods, hike, ski, and build forts. He helped test the lower levels of Wild Math® and Wild Reading, and is an enthusiastic model for photos!
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