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About Us




Long Story Short

The High Five Tribe was created by two sibs who spent their childhood camping, exploring the woods, running barefoot, jumping in lakes and traveling wherever their wonderful parents would take them. Turns out as adults they like to do all the same things. The fun part about it now – is they get to teach other people how to love, appreciate and explore the great outdoors just as much as they do... So come along!

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Our Mission



At The High Five Tribe, we believe that the great outdoors should be enjoyed and honored by all people. We strive to create experiences that inspire reconnection with nature and one’s true self.

Our Team

Scott

Hello! I’m Scott, I’m the brother and co-founder. My family says I’ve had “itchy feet” over the past twelve years. No, not the foot fungus. The desire to explore, adventure and see all this beautiful world has to offer. I’ve studied, worked, lived and backpacked my way through six continents and over 75 countries, including the 80 days I spent completing the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Patagonia Adventure. I’m known to many as Travelstache, the perfect description of my two passions –travel and silliness (or seriousness...which do you consider a mustache to be these days?). I moved home a few years back and decided to stay put for a bit and grow something that I am truly excited to be a part of – The High Five Tribe, a place where we teach you to love, appreciate and explore the unbelievable nature around you. So come hang out in the woods with me!
– Kisses.



LAURA

I’m the sister and co-founder. Here are a few of my favorite things: nature, health, maps, learning, people and pizza. I’m blown away by the fact that all of these things are vital parts of The High Five Tribe experience. Pretty great planning on my part – am I right?! I am trained by NOLS in Wilderness First Aid. I love learning, so come teach me what you know and what you have learned in your life. I love the feeling of waking up outside and the chats that come while you’re in the woods. I am continuously inspired and encouraged when I see what a little time on the trail can do for a person. It truly has done wonders for me. So come, join us and see what trail magic you’ll find!



Bailey

Born and raised in Michigan, Bailey has been playing and exploring the forests, creeks, and beaches of the Midwest since she was a little kid! She got her start in the outdoor adventure world as a teenager, when she had the opportunity to explore the wilderness of Washington, Oregon, and California on summer teen adventure trips. Those trips changed her life, and when she was eighteen, she packed up and moved out west to Washington, where she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Environmental Humanities from Whitman College, and her Master's in Education from the University of Washington. Bailey is a jane-of-all-trades in the outdoor industry and has worked as a wilderness camp director, nature center manager, birding guide, naturalist, outdoor educator, and more. Bailey has over a decade of experience in wilderness medicine, and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification through NOLS. When she's not on the trail, she spends her days as the director of Firefly Forest School, an all-outdoors forest preschool and enrichment program based in metro Detroit.

erin

HI!! I'm Erin and my mission in life is adventure, outdoor adventure! Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, I'll turn it into an adventure. I am a passionate educator and an outdoor enthusiast. Over the years I have dedicated my life to finding a way to integrate these two things into both my personal and professional philosophy for life. Always explore, always learn. And that's why i'm here!! I realized that the best way to teach is to show! So the best way to teach about things i love is to show them and explore them with others. Sharing my passion brings me even more passion. I have a degree in education and over 10 years of experience teaching both inside a classroom and most recently in more alternative styles, OUTSIDE! Education is everywhere! I have a Wilderness First Responder certification and have spent many nights under starry skies. I am so excited to be part of the HFT and can't wait to adventure with you!

Miki

Michal (aka Miki) grew up in Southeast Michigan exploring the lively forests and interconnected wetlands that sustain the Great Lakes region. After studying philosophy and environmental science at the University of Michigan, Michal went on to do graduate work at the University of Montana engaging mountain communities in natural resource management in Chile and India. Michal continues to find opportunities of growth and meaningful connection in nature through tracking, foraging, kayaking, and mountaineering. Michal has trained in outdoor education with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Bay Area Wilderness Training, and the Nepal Yoga Academy. Michal delights in connecting with wild spaces and loves to share that passion with others.