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Much like a willow, we are resilient beings. We are flexible, although more resistant, to change. Like a Willow, we may look dainty but we are powerful and have remarkable strength to overcome challenges.

Willows are "a symbol of fertility and new life. A willow branch can be planted in the ground and from it, a new tree will grow in its place. Its ability to grow and survive is powerfully symbolic and show how we can thrive even in challenging conditions." Willow Tree Symbolism: Willow Tree Meaning: Tree2mydoor UK

A dale is an open valley, reminiscent of a place filled with opportunity. Opportunity to rebuild, repair, dream, hope, create and wonder.

Willowdale is an homage to the forest where I grew up and is inspired by nature and the wonder living deep within us all. After several profound losses, I've channeled my grief into gathering families, each special in their own way, to create a community that is passionate about child-led play, nature-based learning and bettering our community together.

We gather donations for food drives, toy drives, scholarships for our programs, support our parks and each other by being present in and outside of our classroom.

With a background in foodservice, quite frankly, I never thought I would be leading outdoor education classes for explorers. I've been able to combine my unique experiences from my career as a chef and Tinkergarten teacher training to create one-of-a-kind class offerings to offer our community.

Human, wife, mom, dog lover, die hard New Englander, nature enthusiast, coffee drinker, introvert, ice cream connoisseur, Pure Barre lover, knitter, reader + DIY Project Enthusiast.

Mental Health Advocate + Co-Leader of the 2023 Climb Out of the Darkness in Manchester for Postpartum Support International.

Scholarship Founder - Watson Masonry Memorial Foundation

Empowered by grief, grounded by nature, and inspired by my explorers and our community. Thank you for being here and wondering with me.

With Gratitude,

Steph (she/her/hers)

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