About Us

About Outdoor Education Adventures


Specializing in creating intimate relationships with nature for people of all ages, OEA encourages curiosity and creativity as well as getting dirty and having fun. We also sneak in learning about the wonders of nature (just don’t tell the kids they’re learning!). 

We believe strongly that we are teaching the leaders and community members of the future, and that exposing them to nature as much as possible will help them make more informed decisions and become conscientious citizens.

While OEA focusses primarily on educating children, we welcome people of all ages to join us in our adventures and explorations. Come out and play with us!

History and Future Adventures


Outdoor Education Adventures was formerly Watershed Education Adventures (WEA), which was started in 2012 by Theresa Crain to meet the environmental education needs in Yamhill County. In 2015, Neyssa Hays joined WEA and the team decided to become part of the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC). Early in 2017, Theresa and Neyssa set off on their own with Outdoor Education Adventures.

Outdoor Education Adventures is growing, adding camps, volunteers, and increasing the number of campers we can have at each adventure. We’re now hosting seventeen day camp adventures for ages 6-11, plus a two night/three day camp for ages 12-15! We’ll be continuing our all-ages events around the county, and as before OEA is also available for field trips and in-class nature programs that focus on hands-on learning.

About the Naturalists


Naturalists Theresa Crain and Neyssa Hays use the wonders and magic inherent in nature to excite and educate people about biology and ecology.

Theresa Crain, Instructor and Co-Founder. With a degree in Natural Resource Interpretation from Humboldt State University and professional background as a state parks interpreter, Theresa brings over twenty years’ experience in informal education. She has also worked extensively with formal classroom educators and has a full understanding of current curriculum requirements.

 

 

 

Neyssa

Neyssa Hays, Instructor and Co-Founder. Neyssa holds a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Oregon State University, a degree in Russian from Portland State University, and has worked in the natural resources field for over thirteen years as a park ranger, naturalist, and fisheries biologist assistant. 

 

 

 

 

Theresa and Neyssa have extensive experience teaching in both formal classroom settings and in nature. In 2015, the team was honored by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District with the Frieda L Miller Conservation Educator Award.