Claude has more than 30 years of experience in informal education supported by a foundation in ecology. He led the Bernheim Children at Play Initiative, which pioneered healthy outdoor play strategies that connect people with nature.
Claude is licensed by the State of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Childcare as an early care trainer for play-based learning. He believes the support of play in nature is a root strategy for fostering a next generation of environmental stewards.
Play memory: I grew up in a neighborhood where all children played together. As long as we were within hearing distance of the bell that called us home we were fine. I think I might still have a map of that neighborhood somewhere that includes an X where the treasure was buried.
Training and Network Coordinator, Children at Play Network
Kim has been playing in the field of early childhood education for more than 25 years, with experiences in child care centers, state government, independent schools, outdoor summer camps and most currently as a teacher and parent educator and coach. Kim is holds a Early Care and Education Trainers Credential through the State of Kentucky, Division of Regulated Child Care. She is passionate about helping all children know their value and capabilities through true outdoor free play.
Play memory: When I was outside, my bike became my horse. I could ride around the neighborhood, with complete control over where we went, how fast we were going and how long we were gone!
Jessica Forst, CAPN Play Facilitator
Jessica Forst is living out her life's passion as an early childhood educator in the Jefferson County Public Schools. She grew up climbing trees and running through a forest on her family’s property in Indiana and considers herself a full-grown child with a continued love of mud and adventure.
Carolyn Waters, CAPN Play Facilitator
A native of Louisville, Carolyn Waters has a Master of Education with a focus on Environmental Education from Western Washington University. She worked in the North Cascades National Park as a naturalist, backcountry guide and park ranger and now teaches Environmental Studies at Bellarmine University and leads workshops, trainings and guided experiences for a variety of organizations around town. As a child Carolyn ran wild through her neighborhood, exploring the adjoining abandoned farm property, swinging on vines over a creek and collecting forest detritus to make a “witches’ brew.”
Zach Bramel, CAPN Play Facilitator
Zach Bramel lives and plays in Louisville and in his spare time writes and performs puppet shows. As a kid, creeks were one of his favorite things to explore, and they still are.
Rachel Brunner, CAPN Play Facilitator
Rachel Brunner became involved with the Children at Play Network in 2013 while working at the Shippingport Memorial Garden. She has a degree in agricultural economics and works at Common Earth Gardens, Louisville's refugee agriculture program. As a child she spent hours in the pine trees of Colorado behind her house inventing a new adventure each day. She loves seeing people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds interact with nature and discover new things to create or grow.