Meet the Leaders
Christine Henwood Costa
Chris comes to the Brandywine Trek as an eager resident of the watershed and with a great deal of personal and professional experience in the outdoors. Chris has been working with Outward Bound USA for the past eight years, primarily instructing and facilitating expeditions with public school students in Philadelphia and Baltimore. During her time at Outward Bound she has served as a program manager, lead instructor, staff trainer, rocks and ropes specialist, and community liaison. Chris is a climber, backpacker, paddler, farmer, and lover of all things NATURE.
Before beginning her work with Outward Bound, Chris was a competitive rower, which sparked her connection to the rhythms of the water. While living out west in both New Mexico and Colorado, Chris learned to climb and spent many days adventuring with her dogs, Zephyr and Topo. She has been fortunate enough to explore many amazing places in the world but is most committed to place-based education, which this trek is an excellent example of — start where you are, in your own backyard.
In addition to being an outdoor educator, Chris is also an organic farmer. Chris and her husband run Turning Roots Farm, an organic and biodynamic family farm located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. On the farm they grow a wide variety of organic vegetables, raise a flock of laying hens, and tend to thousands of honeybees. Chris delivers education programs on the farm for both youth and adults as well as for other organizations such as Triskeles, Inc.
Chris has a master's degree in contemplative education from Naropa University in Colorado, where her thesis work, Finding Connection in Nature, focused on ways to facilitate a deep and lasting connection with nature.
Chris specializes in teambuilding and group dynamics, facilitation skills, mindfulness awareness skills, and the cultivation of a deep and lasting connection with nature.
Chris first became interested in watershed ecology while working as a commercial fisherman on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He pursued his passion academically at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, earning his bachelor’s degree in earth and environmental science.
Chris has combined an enthusiasm for the outdoors and team-based, experiential education through his work with Outward Bound USA. He is presently a staff trainer, course director, and lead instructor for backpack, canoe, and dog-sled expeditions. While primarily based in Baltimore and Philadelphia, Chris has served more than 1,000 days “in the field” with youth and adult students around the country.
Chris specializes in rock sculptures, Thai green curry, pep talks, and storytelling.
Jarvis works for the Brandywine Health Foundation as the community mobilizer of the Coatesville Youth Initiative, where he works directly with youth in the provision of leadership, social, and professional development skills. Jarvis has more than 20 years of working with and providing direct service to youth in areas such as juvenile justice, life skills, mentoring, and advocacy.
Jarvis is an avid backpacker and has been backpacking for 18 years including seven years of extreme backpacking in remote backcountry. He has co-led extreme backpacking trips across the country including Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, and New Mexico.
He is a firm supporter of environmental protection and preservation and volunteers as an advocate for such. Jarvis has a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College and a Juris Doctor of law degree.