About FTC

Follow The Child, LLC was founded by Jay Levin in the summer of 2011 and has since taken explorers from around the Bay Area to investigate, explore, and most importantly have fun along the San Mateo coastline. Follow The Child, LLC is leading the country in advanced outdoor education curriculum design.

Our mission is to improve childrens' Environmental IQ as they learn skills such as identifying a variety of plants and animals, and seeing for themselves how different natural systems work together. We understand that through a combination of science and art we can help students connect to their world in ways that most schools never can.

Activities include tide-pool scavenger hunts and building driftwood forts, hiking through primeval redwood forests searching for banana slugs and salamanders,   drawing and painting, creative writing, and so much more.

We take pictures of our outings and look forward to your child narrating their own personal adventures and discoveries.  The world is a book, and each day of camp is a new chapter that each child is encouraged to write for themselves.

We believe that children are the authors of their own knowledge, and we simply match them to the natural places where they acquire that evidence firsthand.


Jay Levin has been teaching for the past 21 years. He holds two Masters of Fine Arts degrees, one in fiction writing, the other in playwriting. He has Montessori training and currently teaches middle school at Spark Charter School. 

Jay was inspired by his father, a science teacher in the Los Angeles area. Jay often spent hours at a time watching his father captivate middle school students with fantastic out-of-the-box instruction and slide-shows that featured the amazing natural examples they discovered as a family.

As a youngster, Jay's family traveled to nearly every Western National Park to delve into the scientific discoveries that the majestic world around them offers. It is these early experiences that have helped form FTC, LLC's character.