Baillie Hults and Rachel Halleran founded DIRT in 2023 with the intention of building a alternative, outdoor based, education program for children in Moore county and the surrounding areas. DIRT's Outdoor School program is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9AM-1PM beginning March 5th 2024. This program has daily themed STEAM lessons, focuses on child lead/interest based learning, and encourages comfort and free imaginative play in nature

DIRT is a registered North Carolina non-profit and is federal 501c(3) pending EIN 93-3573059 


Baillie Hults

Baillie is originally from rural Wisconsin, the U.S. Army brought her to North Carolina, where she has been living for the past 10 years. Here, Baillie met her husband and together they have a 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter. She loves sports, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with family. She is currently studying Health and Fitness Science at Sandhills Community College, and is a substitute teacher at a preschool in Moore county. Additionally, Baillie and Rachel co-created and managed a local homeschooling group, creating lesson plans and teaching small groups. All these things in Baillie's life have given her a strong passion for promoting active lifestyles, especially among children, and integrating the beauty of nature into their learning experiences. This is reflected in how she homeschools her son, and she hopes to share her enthusiasm with the community!

Baillie is CPR/First Aid Certified

Rachel Halleran

Rachel and her husband are second generation homeschool parents to three children. Before moving to North Carolina Rachel studied Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design and simultaneously ran an online custom art business. Growing up on a farm in the northeast, she developed a love for time spent outside and has come to realize just how irreplaceable a childhood steeped in nature is. Her own homeschooling experience as a child ignited her love for personalized education and hands on learning. It's this love that led her and Baillie to co-found and run a local homeschooling group in Moore county. There, they designed, lesson planned, and taught a group of 3-7 year olds. At DIRT Outdoor School, Rachel designs and illustrates most of the unit studies that are implemented throughout the school year. Her goal is to create a learning environment where children can explore, discover, and fall in love with the natural world, just like she did.


DIRT bylaws 11-30 - Google Docs.pdf