Emily Tompkins (She/Her)

Staff Mentor 

BA Resource Ecology, UVM
WFA, Life Guard, Permaculture Design Certificate, Birth Doula Training

Emily grew up spending summers in the Adirondacks on Lake Champlain, as well as in her grandfather’s gardens in upstate New York. Those experiences were the seeds of nature-connection that took root during her time at the University of Vermont, where she received a BS in Natural Resources: Resource Ecology in 2009. While at UVM, she lived in an environmental and local food focused co-op called Slade, a transformative experience that set the foundation for her earth-focused lifestyle and professional path.

Emily has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Before joining Crow’s Path in 2018, she worked as a Nature Mentor, Chef, and Development Coordinator at ReTribe, based in Underhill. Through that work she honed a variety of skills including leading songs, fire tending, mindfulness, fantasy world play, wild edibles, and shelter-building. During summer 2020, Emily completed a naturalist teacher training course, Vermont’s Natural History, taught by Teage.

Emily is passionate about teaching compassion for all beings, connecting people to the earth through their relationship with food, and using the unique curiosity of each child as a means to foster understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

When not adventuring in the woods with kids, she spends her time playing music, sailing, gardening, snowboarding, volunteering around Burlington, and riding her bike year-round.