Retreat Guru Teachers

Tara Carpenter

Tara Carpenter has had a love of nature and the outdoors from an early age, thanks to growing up on a Norfolk County farm and regularly engaging in wilderness camping trips with her family as a child.  Travelling many parts of the world for 17 years expanded Tara’s knowledge of the natural world and her love for this earth, we call home.  The most memorable experience of her travels was being a deckhand on a sailing ship exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia for 6 years. Now being a mother to a very active, creative, and outdoor loving 7 year old, has inspired Tara to encourage other parents and their families to get outdoors.

She is a recent graduate of the Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership Diploma program at Fanshawe College, Simcoe Campus (video). During this time she received honors and multiple awards showcasing her leadership achievements and passion for environmental stewardship.

She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation. Tara holds certificates in: Wilderness First Responder, Team Building, Cross Country Skiing, Working on Ice, Introduction to Ice Rescue, Health and Safety, and Whitewater Rescue Technician. Being currently employed with Grand River Rafting as a supervisor, where hiking and river-guiding keeps her in the great outdoors.

“My dream with GROWE is to instill in others the love, passion and respect I possess for nature. I believe that the benefits of engaging our youth in the great outdoors are immeasurable. I hope to inspire both children and their families to engage regularly in the natural world.”

Events with Tara Carpenter

GROWE Camps, Programs & Outdoor Schools
December 31, 2016

Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education (GROWE) offers interpretive hikes and nature themed programs to schools, groups, families, corporate groups, and individuals , all at Five Oaks. They can cater to any desired program duration from 2.5 hours to multiple day excursions. Participants will learn plant, tree, and bird identification while hiking the Carolinian Forest surrounding the heritage Grand River. The variety of programs range from Winter Survival, Night Safari, Wild Teas, and Nature’s Connection. GROWE also facilitates outdoor school, school break and summer camps for youth at Five Oaks. Click here to see all GROWE camp and school listings at…

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Tubing the Grand Adventure
August 3, 2020

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Summer Camp is for your family. The GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of this week will be tubing down the World Heritage Grand River with Grand River Rafting’s highly trained staff. NLS Lifeguards and swift water rescue…

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Girl Empowerment
August 9, 2020

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The GROWE GIRLS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows & bannock, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of this week will be children’s yoga, nature crafts, sit spots, music and girl power friendship games. Cooling off with…

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Survival Camp
August 16, 2020

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows & bannock, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of the week will be learning the many techniques to survival in the wild such as fire building, cordage, knots,…

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Forest School Camp Ages 4-6
August 23, 2020

This week’s camp is specifically for campers aged 4 -6 years old. Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The young GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows & bannock, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of the week will be nature connection…