About Us

About Us

Welcome to Wild Within! We offer unique experiential learning programs for children in Ely, Minnesota. Since 2006, we have been specializing in creating positive experiences for children to learn and grow. Through the use of creative program design children are presented with opportunities to explore nature, be physically active and creative through music and art programs. Our high quality programs give children the opportunity to develop life skills such as; leadership, goal setting, communication, problem solving, responsibility and accountability. By participating in these programs children gain confidence, learn about respect, and are inspired to become positive and productive citizens in the world. We invite you to contact us to discuss your specific needs or answer any questions you may have. We look forward to speaking with you soon!


Our Crew

Jessica Vallero

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Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in outdoor education from Northland College. She enjoys providing opportunities for others to explore nature. As the owner of Wild Within and a licensed child care provider, she has the privilege of providing positive opportunities for children to explore wild places and discover wonderful things about themselves.

 

Dominic Puglielli

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Dominic is co-owner of Wild Within and a licensed child care provider. He has experience as a wilderness guide and is passionate about the environment. He enjoys providing opportunities for young people to experience the North Woods and teaching them the skills they need to be comfortable in nature.

 

Nick Holtz

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Nick is our program manager and an instructor. He earned an A.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Vermilion Community College. He is passionate about providing a safe environment for children to explore their curiosity and learn more about the natural world around them. Nick enjoys telling stories, climbing and understanding anthropogenic effects on water quality.

Nick Allen

Nick joined our team after his return from a 1,200-mile canoe expedition to Hudson Bay in 2013. He enjoys introducing children to new experiences and has a passion for music. He leads our music program and helps out with the after school program. In his spare time he enjoys playing music in a local bluegrass band. 

 

Maxx Shoop

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Maxx joined our team as an after school program instructor. He has interned at the Voyageur Outward Bound School and is interested in educating young people about the environment. He is currently working towards an associate degree in outdoor leadership. In his free time Maxx enjoys paddling, hiking and rock climbing.

 

Catherine Pranskatis

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Catherine is our records administrator and has been with us since June 2013. She loves keeping us organized and on track. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, collecting rocks, traveling and creating art.

Clara DeRemee

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Clara grew up in Ely, enjoying every
season outdoors. You may find her
running on the roads, cross-country
skiing at Hidden Valley, swimming in
the lakes, and camping and fishing in
the BWCA. Clara recently graduated
from Luther College with a degree in
Elementary Education. She loves
providing opportunities for children to
learn about the world around them.