Our Story

Education Outdoors Inc. was created by Tim Paczesny in 2005.

Before Education Outdoors, Tim had founded a non-profit organization called “The League of Extraordinary Outdoorsmen”.

The League organized a family fishing day once a year that was held during the free fishing weekend in Michigan. During this event, Tim realized the need to educate children and their families about the outdoors.

The motivating factor to this initial realization occurred while Tim was gathering Morel mushrooms with his wife and two daughters in Northern Michigan. Tim’s daughter noticed an animal track on the ground and asked her dad what it could be. He told her that it was a raccoon track.

  “Dad, how did you learn all the things you know about nature?”

With that question, Education Outdoors Inc. was created and its first educational board game was about to be developed. During the winter of 2005 and into 2006, Tim was dedicated to making his dream become a reality. He finished 400 questions and 100 fun facts about animals and the great outdoors.

This completed the first game called “Camp— The Game That Grows With You

Since then, Education Outdoors has expanded its catalog to include many more educational, sustainable, and customizable items. These include Smokey Bear plushes and puzzles as well as custom stainless steel drinkware.

Giving Back

Education Outdoors is not only committed to creating educational nature-themed games, toys, and collectibles, but we’re committed to giving back to the communities and environments that inspire us all to get outside and play. We donate a percentage of profits to organizations geared toward educating children and families about the great outdoors. These include the National Park Trust. 

Our Contributions

Our Preserve

Education Outdoors’ Preserve raises funds and promotes initiatives to plant more trees and to preserve land for public recreational enjoyment. We believe in taking urgent action to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing today’s society. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a difference in the lives of others through nature. In 2022, The Education Outdoors Preserve planted 200 trees!

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