We’re all about fresh air, dirt, and happy faces.
We believe the best classroom has no walls or ceiling.
Our programs have grown from our love of nature, with courses designed to capture the imagination, energy, and joy of childhood.
Let’s be real: the idea of Backyard Basecamp started years ago…. when WE were kids.
Kara Leigh remembers climbing on every rock she could find, dramatizing imaginative stories with her sisters in the forest, and playing in every type of weather - from the rainstorms in Texas to thick snow powder of Montana.
For Tyler, it’s impossible to separate childhood from activities like fishing, camping, and cross country bike rides with his Dad. Likewise, it’s hard to separate his positivity and leadership skills from his years of experience and character development in various outdoor programs.
Our philosophy isn’t complex: Nature makes us happy, teaches us important lessons, and inspires us to create.
We believe in giving children every opportunity possible to spend time outside. When kids observe, listen to, touch, play in, and create with nature - they grow self-confidence and connection to the world around them.
We give kids space to get messy, rip their jeans, and make believe.
MEET THE TEAM
Director & Lead Teacher
Besides being a mountain guru (something we just made up), Tyler has over 10 years of hiking, camping, and scouting experience. He’s a proud Eagle Scout, educator, trained pilot, and community builder.
KARA LEIGH ALDEN
Curriculum Designer & Lead Teacher
Kara Leigh is an educator with a passion for child development. With over 10 years of childhood education experience, she believes there’s nothing more amazing than watching a child’s creativity and imagination ignite. She's a mountain climber, photographer, writer, and soon-to-be-mama.
When she's not pursuing her career in science, Tierra is pursing the next adventure. She’s passionate about the environment and eager to inspire others to love nature as well!
Loves reading and a good conversation. Autumn makes friends wherever she goes and has that magical ability to connect with children. With years of experience teaching kids and youth, not to mention a love for the outdoors, Autumn is a passionate mentor.
Arguably the most important member of the team, this little buddy reminds us to love life.