Jeff Kagan has been entertaining and educating children and parents with his original, environmental music for over a decade. Kagan now makes his home and his music in Boulder, CO. “The Rocky Mountains are the source of my music,” says Kagan. Indeed, Kagan writes the majority of his music on solo hiking excursions through the foothills of the Rockies.
Kagan’s music has been described as “a cross between: (1) John Denver – Almost Heaven, Rocky Mountain High, nature loving, feel-good, joyful music, (2) Dan Zanes – totally hip, fun, down-home, family music, hangin’ out and singin’ with the peeps, and (3) The Wiggles – silly, creative, super engaging for kids, wildly popular, and, well, wiggly!” – Cate - Boulder, CO mother of two.
In addition to performances and works as a Naturalist for the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks teaches environmental education with the Thorne Ecological Institute in Boulder, CO. Kagan received his bachelor’s in zoology from Michigan State University in 2001 and a master’s in environmental education from Lesley University in 2007.
The common thread through his teaching is the use of music to inspire appreciation for and educate about the natural world. “I intend to live and create nature-based music in the Front Range for a very long time,” says Kagan.
Paige Doughty is an award winning environmental educator, sustainability champion, writer, dancer, and lover of the natural world. She has been termed an “inspiration-ator” by her high school students.
Paige wears many hats in her life’s work: performing interactive environmental education concerts for young kids, acting as a mentor and teacher for New Vista High School’s (Boulder, CO) environmental club, the Earth Task Force, and writing and speaking passionately about eating disorders and body image issues through the telling of her own story of recovery.
The threads that weave Paige’s work together are bringing joy, laughter, and light to educational experiences and to the lives of her students. Paige believes that performance art, music, games and experiential learning can make a difference in every learner’s life.
You might see her dressed as a honeybee, bobcat, or even poison ivy!
Paige has a Master of Science in Environmental Education, from Lesley University, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education from Macquarie University in Australia, and BA’s in English Literature and French Language from the University of Colorado.