Naturalist Studies,   Tracking,   Survival Skills,   Native Awareness,   Mentor Training










Wilderness Mind was founded in 1999 by Michael Ridolfo. In 1993, having been on the path of the naturalist his entire life, he began to study and train with Tom Brown Jr. at his world renowned Tracker School. During that time Michael began teaching nature education programs for both children and adults at private institutions and organizations. These include but are not limited to: Mohonk Preserve, The Sunwise School, Action Karate, Camp Herlich all in New York State, the Mohican Center in New Jersey, Appalachian State College in North Carolina, The Rocky Mountain School in Boulder, Colorado, Alex Aiken School in Duncan, British Columbia, Vermont Wilderness School in Brattleboro, Vermont and Tropical Reforestation and Environmental Education in Kailua, Hawaii, among others. From 2005-2007 he ran a year-long program within the science curriculum at Highland High School, Highland NY for 9th-12th graders focusing on field ecology and native skills. Also in 2007 he ran a native skills program at the Mcquade School for youth-at-risk focusing on survival skill and group unity. In 2007 Michael accepted the position of full time naturalist at the historic Mohonk Mountian House in New Paltz, NY. He currently lives in Accord, NY with his wife Sophia and son Adom.



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New Paltz Wilderness Mind  2006