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Amanda MacDonald

Creative Director and Forest Play Teacher

Amanda is a dedicated advocate for forest-nature schools, having initiated her own forest play group, Hudson Forest School, in 2017 within the picturesque parks of Hudson. Enthusiastically joining Hudson Forest Play, she is excited about the positive impact on her own children and the enhanced well-being for herself in returning to nature. Amanda is well-versed in recognizing potential hazards while ensuring endless hours of joyful play in what she fondly calls "nature's laboratory."

With active involvement in local groups such as the Hudson Cultural Committee and the Hudson Food Collective, Amanda is deeply committed to sustainability and reconciliation. These principles are not only integral to her personal values but also serve as a foundation for shared community practices, contributing to the collective effort to make the world a better place.

Amanda, having lived her childhood in Hudson, holds a deep affection for this land and feels a profound sense of gratitude for sharing it with her children. While acknowledging a historical shadow in the area, she actively explores the rich history of indigenous land stewardship by nations like the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe.


As a local actor, writer, and a dedicated homeschooling mom of four, Amanda eagerly embraces the opportunity to contribute to what she deems the ultimate learning experience for all ages: safe and immersive play in the woods, come rain or shine.

Amanda MacDonald: TeamMember
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