ABOUT OUR TEAM
ABOUT OUR TEAM
We facilitate all kinds of programs including:
We provide hands on enrichment programming for public schools, private schools, homeschool groups, groups of friends, groups of families, scout groups, and more.
Please contact us if you would like to set up a customized program for your group or organization!
MEET OUR TEAM:
i was born in Bogota, Colombia and grew up spending my summers at my grand parents farm in the mountains of Colombia where my love of nature started because my grandparents were artists and knew many crafts from natural materials and had knowledge of the land and how they could gather and make their rafts. after moving to the united states i didnt get too much exposure to the outdoors other than some light hiking and camping until i came to the tracker school and got back in touch with my love of the outdoors and have been practicing all sorts of outdoor skills from primitive to modern.i also volunteer regularly at the tracker school.
Joe Blevis is a mentor, naturalist, survivalist, and tracker. For the last 5 years Joe has been working with children, adults, and families helping them reconnect with the natural world. Joe discovered his passion for earth living skills while living in Montana and eventually pursued that passion by becoming a student of Tom Brown Jr. and the Tracker School in 2010. After finishing a full-time internship at the Tracker School he began to work with other primitive skills programs across the country. In the last 3 years Joe has lead classes with homeschoolers, private and public schools, and summer camps. He has created programs such as the The Primitive Living Skills series at the Nature Place Day Camp in NY and Forest Fridays in NJ to encourage children and adults to develop life long skills and a relationship to the earth. Joe's style of teaching encourages people to step out of their comfort zone and explore new things, while maintaining a healthy awareness in their everyday lives. As a teacher, his goal is to pass down these ancient skills, accompanied by a sense of wonder, curiosity, reverence, and connection to the Earth.
Zach Fisher grew up in the woods and on the beaches of Nortern California. The pursuit of art and music brought him to the East Coast and eventually to the Tom Brown Tracker School which he considers to be the beginning of the education he was always looking for. He began teaching in 2011 and has since worked for several NY based earth skills programs. He also leads guided tours for children and adults with Discover Outdoors into the state parks of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. His goal as a teacher and a student is to foster a deeper connection between people and the natural world in the spirit of discovery and the maximizing of our human potential.
Nancye spent her childhood roaming the forests and beaches of beautiful Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest. Raising two children in New York City, Nancye realized how difficult is is for city kids to have that nature immersion experience she enjoyed as a child. In 2008 Nancye attended Coyote Tracks summer camp with her family. The wilderness living skills taught there helped her feel deeply re-connected and re-awakened to nature. Since then she has taken many other wilderness skills programs (including at Tracker School and Art of Mentoring) and has redirected her life towards sharing the skills, especially with kids in New York City. Previously, Nancye worked for Japanese television for many years and appreciates how that work experience has come in handy when organizing Earth Skills program logistics and communicating with people. Nancye greatly appreciates the enthusiasm and passion of all of the children and families she has shared the skills with, and treasures what she has learned from them. Nancye is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Joseph Harvey grew up on the outskirts of the Pine Barrens in New Jersey. As a child, he could either be found romping through the woods, or reading about romping through the woods in books like Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain.However, with no avenue to pursue the amazing skills he learned were possible, the flame of those childhood fascinations waned for several years… until he discovered The Children of the Earth Foundation in 2007, during his freshmen year of high school. Through COTEF, Joey’s suppressed passions were rekindled as he took his first “foxwalking” baby steps and made his first cordage and fire. He also learned to see the world through different eyes for the first time- literally as “owl eyes” and figuratively through “native eyes,” as indigenous traditions and beliefs on connecting with nature, each other and the world began to rub off on him. He has since been to the Tracker School and will continue learning there, as well as through personal experience. It is his hope to share the comfort and security of a mother that the Earth provides, and to enrich the lives of all who come to learn of her ways.
DYLAN T MACKINNON
Dylan T Mackinnon was born and raised in the Lower Connecticut River Valley, and from his earliest years spent the majority of his time playing in the woods of his hometown. That is where his passion began, and in 2002, when he was 18 years old, his passion led him to Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracking and Wilderness Survival School. He studied at the Tracker School for several years, until 2006 when he took part in a one-year residency program at the Tracker School. Living in a primitive Wigwam without electricity or running water, he spent that year deepening his understanding of the natural world and working on a stewardship program restoring and caring for a damaged Cedar swamp.Since then Dylan has maintained his enthusiasm for primitive skills by teaching children and adults through the Children of the Earth Foundation. These have been some of the most rewarding experiences in Dylan's life, and now that he is a father, he looks forward to passing these important skills and values onto his own son.
Ian Mackinnon first learned about wilderness survival in New Jersey, at Tom Browns Tracker School in 2003, and after taking several courses, went onto intern at the school in 2008. Since then he has worked as an instructor for a non-profit organization called Children of the Earth Foundation, also based in NJ, which specializes in teaching wilderness skills to children. Ian grew up in rural Connecticut, and has had a strong affinity with the woods, fields, and streams there since he was a child. He sees wilderness survival as a great way for children and adults to interact with, and eventually become more in tune with the natural world.
Live to Feel!
Live to Feel!