Matt Simpson is a director and founder of Free Spirit Forest and Nature School. He has dedicated his life to working with children and is passionate for the outdoors and its use in empowering students through meaningful experiences. He graduated from Lakehead University with degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Geography, as well as a BEd in Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education. He is a graduate of the NOLS Outdoor Educator program and a certified Forest and Nature School teacher with Forest School Canada.
Matt has spent years in mentor roles both in and out of the classroom, here and abroad (South Korea and Ghana). He has worked in various settings as a camp counselor, outdoor guide, and extensively as a project leader with Katimavik all across Canada. He is a new father of two girls and now more than ever understands the importance of nurturing connection with Self, Others and Nature. You can usually find him hiking local trails, paddling local rivers or simply just listening to the birds!