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Mike was born and raised in a small town in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. He grew up surrounded by endless forests and majestic cedar swamps. His deep love of all things wild and natural reaches further back than he can remember. Mike began his career as an instructor of nature and survival skills at Boy Scout camp in New Jersey in 1983.
Since that time his passion for nature, awareness, tracking, primitive skills and philosophy has taken him around the globe in search of teachers and the opportunity to learn. He has been a student of Paul Rezendes, Tom Brown Jr., Jon Young, and many others. Mike’s passion for learning and teaching “primitive” techniques has earned him a unique reputation in the scouting community and among professional educators. In 1993 he was the recipient of the Marion Rich Waterman Mayer Award from the University of Maine College of Education. Mike credits his patient wife Karen and his children, Ryan, Dakota, and Emily, with their love and support in helping him to make time to live his dream – teaching earth skills.