Veteran Faculty and Seasonal Staff

Bill Baroch, M.S.
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Storyteller
Hometown(s): Deming, WA
Approximate Age: 50
Introduced to the Wolf College: 1999
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2000

Bill teaches using story as a technique for subtly sharing insight and information. He emphasizes stories which celebrate the natural world and human-nature interactions. From 1991-98, Bill was Co-Director & Instructor at Free Spirit Nature Camp in Warwick, NY, conducting six-week summertime camps for 4-12 year olds, presenting pre-camp staff orientation, acting as camp medical director, and planning/implementing activities focusing on nature study and exploration, survival skills and conflict resolution. Bill was also Program Director at Pathfinder Outdoor School in Mountain Center, CA from 1991-92 & 1993-94, administrating the residential outdoor education program, communicating with schools to set schedules, giving school site presentations to students and parents, developing/implementing new classes and programs, and teaching classes in natural science and other outdoor pursuits. Bill was also Teaching Fellow at Montclair State University’s N.J. School of Conservation in Branchville, NJ, from 1992-93, where he taught environmental education classes and developed teacher training workshops. From 1990-91, bill was a Naturalist Instructor at Greenkill Environmental Education Center in Huguenot, NY, where he designed and taught classes natural history to grades 410 during 3-5 day visits, using Project Adventure, High Ropes and the Climbing Wall to establish cooperative learning. Bill was also an Environmental Education Intern at Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation in Springville, CA from 1989-90, at Ryerson Conservation Area in Deerfield, IL , and at Northcoast Environmental Center in Arcata, CA in 1988. Bill was also a Docent at the Nature Conservancy’s Lanphere-Christensen Dunes Preserve in Arcata, CA from 1985-88, leading interpretive walks for school groups and the general public which focused on the geology and ecology of the dunes. He was a trail crew member for the U.S. Forest Service in Tongass National Forest,, Misty Fjords National Monument in Alaska in 1985, a Wildlife Technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks, AK in 1994, working on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and again a Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Forest Service, Institute of Northern Forestry in Fairbanks in 1993, assisting a biologist on a moose foraging ecology study in Denali National Park.

Megan Damofle
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Herbalist
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 27
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2006
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2008

Megan completed the bulk of her Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2006, and went on to finish studying herbalism, permaculture and other crafts before returning to complete her training and lead instruct Herbal Medicine and the Seaside Spa in the summer of 2008. Megan hails from Seattle, and her story of self-motivated work and study is inspiring to all, as she has already gained the respect we normally reserve for herbalists twice her age. She recently returned from a 6 month study trip to Peru, and we are looking forward to hearing all her stories at camp this summer!

Chris “Huck” Anderson

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Founder of Lost & Found Adventures; Now Working As Lead Guide for Arizona Outback Adventures and chosen as one of 5 Most Exceptional Worldwide REI Guides for 2014
Hometown(s): Phoenix, AZ
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2005
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2006

Huck served as our camp nurse and graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2005, when he also co-taught our Rock Climbing course and assisted with several day and overnight camps as well. In 2006 he ran the GeoTRIP, and he taught a variety of camps for us in 2007. He comes to us with a plethora of previous experience, including as an ambulance driver EMT. He is a gifted musician, having played with many of the great jazz artists of our time who visited Arizona State University during his years there. As you can read in his Arizona Outback Adventures bio where he heads up their risk management and instructor training divisions, plus his ost Exceptional Worldwide REI Guides write-up, the list of his attributes and accolades goes on and on. We are proud to be part of his history and future.

Lorien MacAuley

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor
Hometown(s): Mannassas, VA
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2004
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2004

Lorien MacAuley, B.S. in Biology, graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2004, and due to her expertise in wildlife tracking & birding, already was a lead day camp instructor in August of that year. She also lived at Wolf Camp as part of our Wolf Journey Ethno-Ecology Apprenticeship, helping to develop our organic gardens and farm animals while also studying earth skills to a great depth. Lorien lead several of our camps in 2005-06. She is Wilderness First Responder certified, and trained in Site/Risk Management. Lorien did environmental research in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest during the summer of 2007. She is currently working at Southern Appalachian Labor School in West Virginia.

 

Scott Fanello

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor
Hometown(s): Boulder, CO
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2004
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2004

Scott Fanello, B.S. in Biology, graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2004, and due to unprecedented experience, soon became a lead day camp instructor in August. He lived at Wolf Camp as part of our Wolf Journey Ethno-Ecology Apprenticeship, helping to develop our organic gardens and farm animals while also studying earth skills to a great depth. Scott lead several of our camps in 2005-06, including the development of the Old School Pioneers camp. He is Wilderness First Responder certified, and trained in Site/Risk Management. Scott just finished his masters in stormwater engineering and relocated to the mountain west where he works in the field.

Kate Hedges

Roles/Work: Advisor, Founder of Blue Skies
Hometown(s): Helensburgh and Edinburgh, Scotland
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2001
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2002

Kate Hedges was the first graduate of the our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship. She came specifically to learn earth skills and to learn how a functioning earth skills school ran in order to go back home to found the first official earth skills training institute in Scotland, all in the same year she graduated from the University of Edinburgh. Due to her skill, talents and fun, she made her Blue Skies earth skills training institute a popular success in its very first year! If you live in Europe or are travel in to the British Isles, contact her through us or visit her website directly at http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/blueskiesearthskills/index.html or telephone (international prefix varies) 0131 228 9608/ 07984 893436 to find out about attending one of her great courses or to arrange a custom-designed programme. Most exciting is that Kate recently acquired a new permanent home for Blue Skies, a beautiful piece of land called Roeburn Wood, and it is situated about 30 minutes walk from Helensburgh, west of Glasgow. It is best accessed by train to Helenburgh Central railway station, a short journey from Glasgow. It’s harder and harder for Kate to get free to fly over and teach with us anymore due to her packed schedule at Blue Skies.

Jason Patterson
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Artisan & Survival Specialist
Hometown(s): Woodinville, WA
Approximate Age: 40
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2004
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2005

Jason came to us with many years experience guiding wilderness therapy courses, and many years of dirt time with survival skills. He is co-teaching a variety of camps with us this summer, and has been a great help to our program since starting to work with us years ago. He is a great craftsman in the field of primitive skills, and has an amazing, calm, happy, humble and welcoming energy with young people. Among many other accolades, Jason most recently earned a Level I Cybertracker Track & Sign Certification in 2013.

Krista Rome

Roles/Work: Advisor, Environmental Consultant
Hometown(s): Bellingham, WA
Approximate Age: 40
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2000
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2004

Krista Rome holds a bachelors degree in environmental studies from WWU Huxley College and works at a prestigious wetlands consulting firm in Washington State. She has extensive experience working with native plants, and guiding school groups in habitat restoration. She is also a talented basket and drum maker, and her passion is to live as sustainably as possible on the land, and to teach those around her the values and joys of simple living. Krista was also certified as a Wilderness First Responder. She graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2003 after returning from the Peace Corps in Uganda, taught camps all summer in 2004, and continues to be a close advisor throughout the year. Krista has also gone on to become proprietor of the Grains & Beans Project which you can find at http://www.backyardbeansandgrains.com/

Patrick Wiley
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Facilities Coordinator
Hometown(s): Eugene, OR
Approximate Age: 23
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2004
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2008

Patrick first came to camp in 2004, and has since completed a majority of our summer courses, including the Ultimate Tracker. He completed our week-long Naturalist Mentoring CIT course in 2006, then our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2007, and served as an assistant camp instructor in 2008, and became our youngest-ever lead instructor for a couple camps in 2009. Chris calls him his “mini-me, only twice as tall” as he is an outdoor generalist, but naturally gifted teacher (aka knows how to lovingly keep a group disciplined). He hails from Eugene, Oregon, and is attending the University of Oregon. Finally, Patrick is also co-developer of the Wilderness Wannabes Comedy Tour.

Nikki van Schyndel
Roles/Work: Herbalist, Survivalist, Artist
Hometown(s): Alert Bay, B.C.
Approximate Age: 40
Introduced to the Wolf College: 1999
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2000

Nikki is a 1999 graduate of the Dominion Herbal College, illustrated Wolf Journey – Trail of the Naturalist, and recently authored an account of her 2 year primitive living experience in the western wilderness called Becoming Wild with our apprenticeship graduate Micah Fay, where they succeeded in reaching the “stone age living” level all of us in the field wish we could pull off. She was mentored in wildlife photography by William Gibbons, a great Rocky Mountain wildlife photographer. She has been a loved volunteer for Wolf Camp since 2000, and our most advanced student having progressed through the Wolf Journey course. Nikki is a natural teacher and excellent tracker, herbalist, artist and survivalist. It is an understatement to say that Nikki is now one of the most highly trained earth skills educators in the field. We don’t know of more than a couple other people who claim to have accomplished what she has, and we are more than proud to have her advising us. Nikki is currently running her own wilderness guide programs and selling her prime crafts off the northeast Vancouver Island coast near Port McNeill, B.C. Please see bcraincoast.com for all the details.

Charlie Borrowman

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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor
Hometown(s): Bay Area, CA
Current Residence: Seattle WA

Approximate Age: 22
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2006
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2009

Charlie first came to camp in 2006 after having attending Hawk Circle in Cherry Valley, NY, and has since completed most of our summer courses, including the Ultimate Tracker. He completed our week-long Naturalist Mentoring CIT course in 2007 and our summer-long Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2009. Charlie is the most amazing lead guitarist and he invented the name of our new Advanced Hobo Arts camp theme running in 2009, re-invented our Epic Fishing Camp in 2010 for which he is not our perennial lead instructor, and has co-taught most of our other camps including Wilderness Survival and the Stone Age Artisan. Charlie graduated from the French Culinary School in San Jose, CA in 2011 and his skills as a chef have transformed our meals at Wolf Camp into gourmet fair. Charlie also developed our Backcountry Gourmet Cooking Class which launched in the spring of 2013. He is also co-developer of the Wilderness Wannabies Comedy Tou, and most recently, he earned a Level I Track & Sign Certification from Cybertracker, Int’l in 2013.

Carol Goulet
Roles/Work: Staff Advisor, Co-Founder of B.C. Primitive Adventures
Hometown(s): Vancouver
Approximate Age: 45
Introduced to the Wolf College: 1998
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 1998

Carol has extensive experience teaching in a variety of settings, and was co-founder of B.C. Primitive Adventures in 1996. She has worked as a counselor at Leyline for several years, and all the students who have attended Wolf Camp can attest to her fun, nurturing, and challenging leadership. She is a graduate of many Tracker School courses, including Advanced Scout, and has become a highly skilled herbalist, survivalist, and teacher.

Andrew Twele
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Artisan, Survival Specialist
Hometown(s): Baltimore, MD and currently Medford, OR
Approximate Age: 33
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2007
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2008

Andrew completed our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2007 and is then focused on a Year of Outdoor Living at Wolf Camp. He already came to us with great experience teaching hide tanning and other earth skills, and wet on to complete an apprenticeship with Outward Bound in his home town of Baltimore in the spring of 2008 before returning to Wolf Camp and teaching here all that summer. In 2009 and thereafter he lead wilderness therapy excursions for youth at Anasazi out of Phoenix, among other accolades, and he currently resides in a tee-pee with a wilderness community near Medford, OR.

 

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Rachel Edwards

Roles/Work: Instructor, Herbalist
Hometown(s): Rutherfordton, NC
Approximate Age: 28
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2010
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2010

Rachel completed the Wolf College Summer Teaching Apprenticeship in 2010 after coming to us with great experience teaching environmental education and an herbal degree from Bastier University. She was subsequently hired to teach in Santa Barbara, CA and recently moved back to Asheville NC to pursue her masters degree.

Griz Chambers
Roles/Work: Earth Skills Consultant, Traditional Craftsman
Hometown(s): Crows Nest Pass, AB and currently Calgary, AB
Approximate Age: 25
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2004

Griz graduated from the Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2004. He first came to Wolf Camp as a young camper in 2001, then returned in 2003 as the first graduate of our Youth Mentoring CIT Program. Bill specializes in Primitive Artisanry, with expertise in hunting, fishing, and tracking. He lead our Primitive Fishing and Stone Age Technologies camps, plus co-taught a variety of day camps in 2005. He is an Emergency Medical Responder, a Wilderness First Responder, and is trained in Site/Risk Management. He hails from his hometown of Crow’s Nest Pass, Alberta, and is currently developing his own Earth Skills programs near Calgary.

Nicco Minutoli
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Roles/Work: Assistant Instructor & Logistics Coordinator
Hometown(s): Pullman, WA
Approximate Age: 20
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2004
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2011

Nicco first attended camp at age 9, and has attended every camp since including Ultimate Scout. He teaches artisanry and survival, and is our prime gear/facilities organizer. He is currently attending Washington State University in Pullman WA where he is studying computational physics and is a Army Cadet.

 

Torrey Burke-Weeks
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor
Hometown(s): Bellingham, WA
Approximate Age: 20
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2010

Torrey first came to a Bellingham day camp when he was a wee little 7 year old, and has been coming back ever since. Growing up without TV or video games, his entertainment and education has always come from nature and the outdoors. His interests include teaching, tracking, backcountry camping, woodworking, traditional survival skills, foraged food, blues/swing dance, and sustainability. After 10 years of Waldorf education and 4 years at Bellingham High School, he is now attending Quest University Canada.

 

 

Aldin Huff
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Roles/Work: Instructor
Hometown(s): Bellingham, WA
Approximate Age: 21
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2000
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2009

Aldin is our first former day-camper-turned-instructor! He has always been known as the most naturally-gifted tracker we’ve had at any camp, and he has always said, even back at age 7, that he was going to become a Wolf Camp instructor and maybe “take over after Chris gets old and feeble.” Well, he completed his Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2011, after having attended virtually all our camps over the years. Aldin has since attended the Oregon College of Arts & Craft in Portland, shows his artwork regionally, and we get him back as an instructor when he’s not fishing in Alaska for a month each summer.

 

Andy & Chelsea Jacobs

Andy Jacobs

Roles/Work: Assistant Instructors, Promotions Coordinator
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Ages: 30
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2011
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2013

 

 

Elise Santa Maria

Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 24
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2002
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2005

Elise first came to camp in 2002 as part of our Natural Arts & Music series, and she completed our week-long Naturalist Mentoring CIT course at age 15 in 2005 and served as a youth mentor for the Herbal Spa camp. She completed a summer internship through Teens in Public Service at the Nature Consortium in 2007 helping with nature based art classes for children in low-income houseing. She’s also been doing community service for a few years with the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic in Seattle, was co-president of the Earth Serviice Corps at her high school, and is now attending the University of Washington.

 

 

Alexandra “Squirrel” Bunker
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Roles/Work: Apprentice, Environmentalist
Hometown(s): Altamonte Springs, FL
Approximate Age: 24
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2004

Alex first came to camp in 2001 as part of our wilderness survival and seaside kayaking courses. She returned at age 15 to help with our rock climbing and other courses as part of our Youth Mentoring CIT Program in 2004, graduating from our Wilderness First Responder course and other trainings that year. After returning from studying in Italy during high school, she become Florida’s youngest public official as supervisor of the Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District, and went on to work as a rock climbing guide throughout college. Alex recently graduated from Central Florida University with a degree in Environmental Studies and is embarking on a project to film green businesses around the world.

Alexandra is currently working for the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce as the Deputy Executive Director in their Southeast Regional Office.  She served  the citizens of her county as an elected Supervisor for the Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District for over four years. She had been active in fundraising, event planning and educating land users on the best land and water use management practices.
While finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Central Florida University, Alexandra received a scholarship for the Global Citizenship Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and was a youth ambassador for Rotary International while studying abroad in Rome.  In the business world, she has both trained and managed other employees for the Sanford Book Shoppe and the Aiguille Rock Climbing Gym in Central Florida.

Alexandra’s commitment to the environment has been vividly demonstrated over the past 10 years through her diligent work with several conservation organizations and committees, including the Florida League of Women Voter’s Climate Change Committee and the League of Conservation Voters.  In acknowledgment of her strong advocacy on behalf of the federal Wild & Scenic Wekiva River, Alexandra was invited by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to speak at the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act signing in 2004. One year later, she received the prestigious “Conservation Award” from Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc.

At last update in February 2013, she was speaking at the “Imagine Florida Without Water” event along with Former Governor Bob Graham, Former Senator and current Commisssioner Lee Constantine, and National Outdoor Book Award Winner Bill Belleville. Alexandra is now developing Follow Your Green which is an adventure to film, document, and inspire people who follow their passion as entrepreneurs in Green Business.

Ben Kleiber

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Hometown(s): Ferndale, WA
Approximate Age: 17
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2007
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2011

Ben Kleiber is a Senior at Ferndale High School. When he’s not at Wolf Camp, he is drumming for the high school marching band or working as a Ski Instructor at Mt. Baker. He also plays soccer and wrestles for Ferndale. Ben immensely enjoys outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, snowboarding, and back-country ski trips. He began his career as a Wolf Camper when he was 9 years old, and hopes to continue coming back to teach for as long as possible. His specialty is survival and scouting, but he enjoys everything about the outdoors.

 

 

Braden Ploger

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Hometown(s):
Bainbridge Island, WA
Approximate Age:
17
Introduced to Wolf Camp:
2005
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp:
2012

 

 

 

Hannah Hynes-Petty

Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Eugene, OR
Approximate Age: 22
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2013
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2014