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 science and 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 focuses 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 over thirty day camp adventures for ages 5-12, plus Nature Play Adventures for preschoolers and their adult playmates.  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 and Neyssa have extensive experience teaching in both formal classroom settings and in nature.

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. Theresa helps coordinate and teaches for McMinnville SD’s Science Explorations.


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 fifteen years as a park ranger, naturalist, and fisheries biologist assistant. She currently works as an outreach educator for the Oregon Zoo.

Awards & Recognition

 In 2015, the team was honored by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District with the Frieda L Miller Conservation Educator Award.

In support of their educational programs, they have also been recipients of grants from the Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and the Oregon Wildlife Foundation.