I stumbled into Jon Young, founder of Wilderness Awareness School, in my hometown in NJ when I was in high school, and my life was never the same. I was opened up to a whole world of people who were willing to look at both the little things around us, as well as the really big things, that we can't even explain. I helped in the creation of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program by illustrating, and helped pioneer the first youth camps and the Art of Mentoring workshops with Wilderness Awareness School in the mid nineties after they moved out to WA. I was at Umass Amherst, and then when I graduated inthe late nineties I was the outreach coordinator for the school for a while, and then moved back to Mass to teach Nature Awareness at a Waldorf school and an independent school.
Although I'm currently not teaching children anymore on a day to day basis, I'm whole-heartedly dedicated to creating a society in which the connections to Nature are as strong and as easy as our connections to friends and family. I'm passionate about using maps and geography to help all people learn to connect to place, tracking and primitive skills to reconnect to our ancient sensory capabilities, and cultural mentoring to help heal the wounds that separate us from our humans and non-human nature.
Hi Walker! Welcome to C&NN. Your bio, your passion and your message about strengthening the connection to nature are all wonderful and right-on. Your NING network spoke to me, as I'm sure it will to others here -- In fact, I just joined it. I know you're going to find a lot of like-minded teachers, leaders and others, as you begin to meet the group and share resources.