Our Mission

Raising the next generation of world-changers means raising kids who think creatively, understand the power of their individual voice, and develop a deep connection with nature, the arts & their community.

Using activities that stimulate creativity, encourage appreciation of our beautiful world, and cultivate empathy, we hope to inspire meaningful learning and collective creation as a family.

Meet Amanda


With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community.

The daughter of an elementary school principal/teacher and a Clinical Psychologist, Amanda was raised to passionately value service to children and families. Her background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation has given her a unique perspective on learning and teaching, as well as the invaluable tools and perspective used to design her own activities and printables here for barley & birch.

When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working on freelance design, art, and illustration projects of all kinds.

Amanda’s creative projects for kids have been featured by today.comParade Magazine,  Romper,  The Spruce Crafts, NorthSouth BooksCool Mom Picks, Guidepost Montessori, and more.

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