Growing up in Ohio, Gene spent much of his childhood outdoors. A lifelong love of the natural world led him in 2000 to Wilderness Awareness School and the Monday Night program series in Bellevue. He quickly became enthralled with tracking, bird language and learning survival skills. Gene has participated in the Elder Fire since its inception and appreciates the opportunity to connect with the students and the greater community. He is grateful to be able to witness how deep nature connection touches people’s lives.