We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff and Paige and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeff and Paige, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Wow, we can do this? And people will pay us? Really.. that was the thought process. Things have evolved greatly since then and we are still excited that we are able to create a life based around community building, nature, science, kids and music!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Jeff and Paige’s performances, products, music, and membership offer parents and children connection to nature AND to one another. Through catchy lyrics, audience participation, and scientific information Jeff and Paige teach kids through music and play. Watching a Jeff and Paige music video, listening to an album, or attending one of their live stream science and nature shows you might learn about a keystone species, the food web, or the more intricate aspects of living with black widows. Maybe you’ll learn how to keep going on a hike when you’re feeling tired or that nature is always there for you no matter what you’re feeling.
What you might not realize, is that after more than a decade of performing and offering community events, Jeff and Paige have created connections and community for thousands of people that go far beyond their concerts. From helpful lyrical tidbits that help a college student (and former Jeff and Paige member) remember info for an exam to long lasting parent and child friendships that got their spark at a concert, the work of offering fun educational experiences grounded in science and nature is so much more than meets the eye.
Now as parents, home-owners, and people dedicated to continuing a creative business based in community connections, music, live events, and nature education Jeff and Paige have had to dig deeper than ever before to keep their doors open.
The Jeff and Paige Membership was born from the pandemic, but it’s here to stay. Members (from parents to teachers) get nature and science activities every week to do at home with their kids. These activities and experiments are guided videos, printables, and live-streamed science and nature shows that offer hands on opportunities for grown ups and kids to connect with nature. (A Fan recently described it as a “zero waste Kiwi Crate”).
Every week members set aside some time to do an exploration, experiment or activity that will deepen their understanding of science and nature and most importantly offer a connecting moment for grown up and child.
As parents themselves Jeff and Paige understand how challenging it can be to come up with fun, simple creative activities to do at home that BOTH grown ups and kids will enjoy. The Jeff and Paige Membership is part of the solution. The tagline: “Let Jeff and Paige be your guides so that YOU can be the hero at playtime.”
The Membership is additionally an incredibly important part of the sustainable and scalable business plan that Jeff and Paige have launched over the last two years. It’s a way to bring more resources into families lives for connection, slowing down, and learning about the nature and science right outside our doors. As the world faces the challenges of climate change it will also become a way to offer skills, workshops, and resources to bring communities together and grow stronger in the face of this adversity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To the mountains to the mountains!! On e-bikes (because we live out east and I wouldn’t want to tire my guests) we’d ride to town for a favorite hike… maybe Anne U White… and then coffee at Beleza, lunch at The Dish, and if we needed groceries we’d head over to the first zero waste grocery store I’ve ever been to or heard of Nude Foods! We’d definitely dine at Chautauqua and hike the McClintock trail. If it was cold and there was snow and we had our kids with us we’d also sled down the hill at Scott Carpenter and then we’d top it all off with a lazy walk and some stone throwing into the Twin Lakes. Of course with kids in tow we wouldn’t want to miss the Junk Yard Social club for coffee and playtime and if we could get a sitter we’d head to Supermoon for a dance party on Saturday night. Plus McGuckins, we’d definitely need to get a few things at McGuckins. Wow, can I actually have this week happen!??
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Open Space and Mountain Parks in Boulder, Colorado (and specifically Steve Mertz) has been the organization that has most supported understood and given us funding and platforms to continue our work.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ySSpnZC2MnmGAs1xTN2K9 Our membership page: https://members.jeffandpaige.org/
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