In 1996 Misha Golfman and Lynne Boudreau founded Kroka Expeditions as a year-round adventure school. They were both public school teachers as well as instructors for Outward Bound and guides for Mahoosuc Guide Service in Maine. While in graduate school at Antioch New England, Misha conceived of the idea of Kroka, and the project became the theme of his thesis. He brought to the curriculum his experience teaching in the United States, as well as his background of being raised in the “Russian outdoor tradition,” traveling, learning, and teaching in the wilderness.
Misha and Lynne saw that they had something different than the traditional outdoor education model to offer. They wanted to make experiences more engaging, inviting, dynamic and meaningful for children, so that students carried a longer lasting connection to nature and community. They did this through centering the community building elements of outdoor education around communal work, the expedition lifestyle, and practical earth living skills to create the pedagogy that remains the foundation of Kroka Expeditions today.
In June of 2022, Lynne and Misha passed the torch of Kroka’s leadership to a new leadership team and embarked on a new chapter of their lives. In a letter they wrote for Kroka’s annual newsletter they said, “We believe that the organization is a living and growing being. Our relationship to it, as founders, is very much like that to our own children. Grown children typically leave home and move away from the adults who supported them in their growing. They go off to have new experiences and influences to become their next being. The organization is deeply rooted in place and hence we, the so called parents, need to move on and let the organization flourish without us! Much like with our adult children, we see our role on the periphery while Kroka moves into its next stage of development.”
Upon Lynne and Misha’s departure from Kroka, they immediately embarked on a new expedition and traveled to Poland to volunteer in support of Ukrainian refugees sheltered in the Polish city of Rzeszow. There, they met with locals and put their skill set to use by establishing an adventure program for Ukrainian refugee children which they ran for three weeks before continuing on in their travels. Kroka programming will always be a reflection of Misha and Lynne’s vision and we are eternally grateful for their passion, hard work, and dedication.