Our Mission

Kids Passport to Adventure provides children and families opportunities to explore nature as a means of developing life-tools for wellness and empathetic awareness to others.

KPTA shows families their impact on and contribution to the environment and their interdependent relationship with the natural world.  

KPTA supports growth and encourages the development of explorers and discoverers of all ages.

Meet Our Adventurers


Crystal Williams has been involved in education for many years in both private and public schools. She has worked in a number of specialized schools for at risk children and kids with special needs. Frustrated with the lack of support, Crystal helped found a progressive public school, utilizing her educational and practical experience within the field. The school boasts an inclusive learning environment, a bilingual curriculum for all students, and an incredible program of activities. Outside of school, Crystal hosts a robust selection of extracurricular activities such as Girl Scouts (boys are welcome), horseback riding at the Winslow Therapeutic Center, cooking classes, and many day trips outside of the city.  

Crystal's most recent project, Kids Passport to Adventure, combines all of her distinct experiences in education and progressive methodology to form a practical, hands-on format that supplements traditional classroom learning.  

Aja Gilles, Creative Director

Since 2006, Aja Gilles has divided her time between various youth and biology organizations including the SCA, Christodora, Manice, and Central Park Conservancy. When she saw New York City students immerse themselves in these programs, she became inspired. Students that were previously restricted to a rigid classroom environment truly blossomed in a nontraditional educational setting.  Aja realized a hands-on approach made students more curious and genuinely interested in the curriculum; it was essential for as many children to have this opportunity as possible. She welcomed Kids Passport to Adventure as an option afforded to all kids.

Currently, Aja also works in costumes for the TV / Film industry. Her reel features shows such as Marvel’s Luke Cage, Blue Bloods, Power, Blindspot, and commercials for Volkswagen, Hello Fresh, Progresso, and more.