It is absolutely essential that before we think, before we so much as begin to set our thinking in motion, we experience the condition of wonder.
— Rudolf Steiner

Our Team

Mighty Seeds began as an inkling for both Nina and Stephanie that quickly grew into a shared vision between the two: the idea that early childhood is a unique and fleeting time to develop a rich relationship to the natural world. Nina’s background in environmental and early childhood education paired with Stephanie’s experience in building teams is the foundation of Mighty Seeds; bringing the wonder of the Forest School experience to the Madison community.

NINA BRICKO, co-founder, program director

Nina is a mom of 2, Wisconsin-born and raised, and has spent her professional life advocating for the environment by creating programs for kids of all ages throughout the country. Nina is passionate about the unique therapeutic benefits that Forest School provides to children on the Autism spectrum, particularly her small and mighty 4 year old, Elwood. In addition to leading our program and gaining Forest School teacher certification, Nina is committed to creating opportunities for those with ASD or other special needs to participate in an outdoor education.

  • B.S. in Environmental Education

  • 12+ years teaching experience

  • CDA: Early Childhood Credential

  • Certified Kids Yoga Instructor

  • CPR/First Aid Certified

STEPHANIE FITCH, co-founder, executive director

Stephanie is a mom of 3 under 5, Illinois-born and spent several years in Denver, CO, before moving to Madison, Wisconsin. Stephanie has spent the past 7 years at a local architecture firm as a designer and project manager. During this time, Stephanie developed an affinity for leading teams in creative vision, overseeing project implementation and collaborating with stakeholders. As a founder of Mighty Seeds, she is passionate about creating an early childhood education program that builds on a family’s unique priorities and values.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design

  • LEED Green Associate with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

  • 10+ years experience in the field of design and construction

  • CPR/First Aid Certified

We’re looking to grow a community of families passionate about Forest School. If you have questions about our program, or would like to volunteer, please get in touch.

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