Trevanion Grenfell’s early childhood experiences in the woods of Waldo County formed the foundation of a lifelong love affair with the forest. After a rocky start in public education, he finished high school at Sudbury Valley School, a democratic private school. His experiences with empowerment and agency therein were highly influential to his pedagogy and politics. Originally starting to work in the spheres of non-profit political work, he soon moved back to hands-on work with youth in summer camp settings. This led him into the field of Primitive Skills, which became foundational to his life and worldview. He studied primitive skills for the next 8 years very intensively, weaving them into his studies at Unity College where he double-majored in Biology and Education. After working in public schools for a year and a private democratic school in Santa Fe for 3 years, he moved back to Maine to start Northwood, where he happily works today.
Trevanna Grenfell has spent the past 10 years studying and working in the field of nature connection, outdoor education, and non-profit strategic consulting. Her recent work experience that informs her current role at Northwood included spending 3 years as the Program Director at a similiar non-profit in Boulder, Colorado called Feet on the Earth Programs, and spending 2 years at the Sustainability Coordinator at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Western Maine. She looks forward to leveraging her experiences as a backcountry trip leader, staff mentor, and non-profit business organizer to set Northwood on the road to success.
Corallina Breuer found her excitement about the natural world early in life. Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, Coral rode horses, raised prize-winning chickens through 4-H, and fell in love with the world around her. She attended college in Ohio, with a major of Educational Studies. and has spent her years since working in various realms of education and community development as a teacher, mentor, and consultant. After college, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA where she developed curriculum for a restorative justice project that partnered teenagers serving hours in the Juvenile Probation Court with a community garden. It was AmeriCorps that also brought Coral to Maine where she served as a VISTA Leader with Maine Campus Compact, a coalition of 18 Maine colleges working to transform campuses to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education. She now works both at Northwood and at New Beat, a local horse-powered farm! Coral loves to dance, and is the President of Downeast Friends of Folk Arts (DEFFA) where she organizes dances and cultural events. Coral really loves birds and all things wild, and brings a lot of passion and wonder to all the programs she works on!
Emmaline Hathaway is a shining star on Northwood’s staff team. A curious and capable mentor and leader in the woods and on the waters, Emma has spent the last ten years Captaining tall ships on the high seas, where she led semester immersion trips with youth. Emma’s steady competence is inspiring, and her knot and leather work have already captured the imaginations of many of our participants. Emma still feels the call of the sea, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Northwood sailing and marine wilderness adventures!
Daniel Vargas fled the grotesquely hot and population-swollen city of San Antonio, TX at age 5, when his/their family drove a packed U-HAUL 800 miles North to the dirt roads and mixed-forest hills of southern Missouri. There, Daniel drank water from a well, dodged angry wasps in the summer, explored craggy bluffs, fished and swam in an old creek, and had experiences with the natural world that would shape the rest of their life. Daniel thrives on sharing with others the nuanced and intimate moments that can only be absorbed and internalized by direct and conscious engagement with Nature. Over the years, Daniel has learned and grown through everything from being a JROTC Battalion Commander in high school to studying Fine Arts at Kenyon College. Throughout it all, Daniel has continued to forge a deep personal connection with wilderness and has shared that connection with others; first as a NOLS student in Alaska, then as a college outdoor club leader, and later as a wilderness trip facilitator for teens in Wyoming. In 2014, Daniel worked for a season with Kroka Expeditions exploring farms and forests with youth in rural New Hampshire, then spent a year homesteading and living in a spiritual community in Northeastern Vermont. Thus, like a dandelion seed nestled in the breast of a migrating seagull, Daniel has landed in the verdant pastures of Unity, Maine. Daniel’s engagement with young people is an extension of a prolonged prayer to the Earth, and they feel grateful to witness and support the growth of future generations through working with Northwood and beyond.