About Elliot

14715689_1339943919351758_4174768772749881936_o I was born in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in the early 90’s, to parents that believed in the educational power of playing in the mud, family camping trips, National Parks, and wild places.

Tutored by kind teachers and wise mentors in the Waldorf Education System, I knew from a young age that I wanted to do something that connected people to nature. I grew up attending a weeklong summer camp put on by a local nature conservancy, and began volunteering as a counselor when I became old enough. In eighth grade, when my aunt shared with me Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods,” I decided to do something. As a final project I organized and led a day-long excursion to a local riverside park for a group of lower school students, and the seeds of my career in outdoor began to germinate.

In high school I found my way to Headwaters Outdoor School in Mt. Shasta, CA where my interest in traditional survival and earth living skills turned from a hobby to a way of life and a career path. Inspired by the mentorship of the superb staff, I continued to practice my skills and began assisting with teaching and running the school. After returning several years and dedicating my summers to the lessons that Headwaters had to offer, I was offered a position as a staff member.

Realizing that I had found something I was truly passionate about, I began looking into undergraduate degrees in Outdoor Education. My search lead me to Northland College in Ashland, WI, a small environmental liberal arts school nestled on the shores of Lake Superior. There I honed my teaching and facilitation skills, broadened my horizons with research and study, and was encouraged to explore my interests and focus through experience and mentorship.

After living and working on the shores of Lake Superior for two years as a kayak guide, summer camp assistant director, and student orientation leader, I am preparing to return to the West Coast and bring my knowledge and skills back to my first home. In my work as an outdoor educator, I seek to explore the nexus of Nature, Culture, and Science, and educate people from a sense of place, that deep connection and love of a region bordering on a relationship with another being.

When I’m not teaching or writing, I can often be found paddling the waterways, hiking the trails, slinging dry flies to trout, or practicing martial arts.

 

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