Guy Mott - Founder, Director and Lead Instructor
Deanna English - Educational Consultant and Program Manager
About Adventure Tree
The idea for Adventure Tree
goes back many years leading up to 2006 when Guy
Mott, Founder and Director, was tossing around ideas for how to give back to
the world; wanting to work at a career that is worthwhile and rewarding by helping
improve the lives of others. Being a lifelong adventurer and a natural
educator, Guy decided to pursue experiential education - teaching by doing,
immersing students in discovery, learning valuable life lessons and real world
Actually, you might say that Adventure Tree started when Guy was a kid. He and
his brothers climbed all over a white oak tree in the back yard (named
the "Tarzan Tree") and they built forts and put up swings in trees all through the
woods. His father is a career forester. Trees have always been a big part of
Guy's life so it was natural that, at a conference for the Association for
Experiential Education, Guy's imagination was captured by the many
possibilities for fun, education and personal growth when he attended a workshop on recreational tree climbing.
All along, the flagship program for Adventure Tree has been technical tree
climbing combined with adventure learning. Our core mission is education and personal
growth, and trees have proven to be phenomenal places for helping participants
connect with the natural world, challenge themselves, and gain an understanding and appreciation for
living systems and scientific inquiry.
But the "Tree" in Adventure Tree is more than just climbing - it's a metaphor
for learning and the branching pathways of knowledge, for finding your roots and
standing tall & strong and reaching high for your dreams, for growing and developing and making the
best of one's life. At its foundation, Adventure Tree is about experiential
learning and growth - and trees are one of the best ways we know to help
further that mission.
Founder, Director and Lead Instructor
Guy is a native of New England, where he grew up ranging the woodlands and
farmlands of the Northeast, immersing himself in the natural world. In his
teen years and early adulthood he grabbed any opportunity to hike and backpack
the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
On the Long Trail in Vermont
When it was time to move on to college, Guy attended the University of Colorado
where he used his passion for math and science to earn a degree in engineering.
After a decades long career working as a Software Engineer, the pull of the
natural world and the wish to help others acquire meaningful life skills was
too much. He quit corporate America and enrolled in a graduate program at
Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH and earned his Masters of Education
in Adventure Learning.
Guy has been adventuring all his life (long distance hiking such as the 500 mile
Colorado Trail, many years and 1300 jumps as a sky-diving instructor, earned an advanced
belt in the study of martial arts, etc.) so he felt called to a career in
Guy's technical aptitude and natural teaching ability combined with his love of
the outdoors led him to adopt recreational tree climbing as a core
learning modality. Today he is well recognized as a tree climbing facilitator
and trainer for school groups and camps around the country. He's a co-founder
of the Experiential Education
Exchange of St Louis, which brings together local formal and informal
educators who support experiential education across the St. Louis region. Guy
also co-founded Science In A
Tree, which works to integrate science lessons with tree climbing. When
he's not busy supporting experiential education in St. Louis, he is on
the road helping to expand tree-climbing opportunities by training staff at
camps, schools, youth
groups and other organizations to start their own tree
Helping Smokey Bear go for a climb
Guy's certifications include:
- Masters of Education in Adventure Learning
- Tree Climbing Instructor
- Certified Arborist
- Level 2 Challenge Course Facilitator
- Level 1 Rope Rescue Technician
- Wilderness First Responder
What's in a name?
Tree Guy's name is pronounced differently than you might think. The name "Guy"
actually rhymes with "Tree". His family is from Canada where they pronounce his
name in the French way. So, just remember that he's the tree guy (as in tree man)
whose name is Tree Guy (rhymes).
Educational Consultant and Program Manager
Deanna grew up in the St Louis area, but spent much of her summers on the
family farms in eastern North Carolina where she first made a real connection
to the natural world. She now loves growing her own food, hiking, camping and
canoeing the Ozark streams of Missouri.
She has a B.A. in Middle School Education from Maryville University in St.
Louis and a MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.
Deanna's careers have taken her in many directions and led to opportunities to
work with students, both young and old, and to work outside in various
capacities. She is happiest outside and helping to create opportunities for
other people to connect to the natural world. Working to help support and
promote Adventure Tree is a great pleasure.