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Wolf Tree Programs LLC fosters healthy relationships to self and community through nature immersion and wilderness living skills. We offer a variety of programs for children and adults.

Our Staff

 

Neill Bovaird, Founder, Director and Field Staff

Neill Bovaird has been practicing and teaching wilderness skills since 1998. He has a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation from UMass Amherst and holds a Track and Sign Level III certification through the CyberTracker Conservation. Neill has been a facilitator at Art of Mentoring since 2001 and has studied under Jon Young, Mark Elbroch, Errett Callahan, and Steve Watts.   

In addition to being the founder and director of Wolf Tree Programs LLC, Neill has taught wilderness skills at countless private and public schools, nature centers, museums, conferences, elder hostels and camps.  Neill’s passions include flintknapping, bow making, hide tanning, tracking, megalithic construction and wandering in the wilderness.

 

Moses Draper, Field Staff & Office Manager

Moses has been working with Wolf Tree Programs LLC for 8 years and in youth programs for 10. He has been on staff at 3 Art of Mentoring’s and participated in the Community Nature Awareness Program with Mark Morey. Moses combines his interest in the natural world with fostering healthy, nurturing relationships with children.

His interests include natural parenting, homesteading and spending time outside. Moses holds a B.Comm from McGill University.

 

Margaret Ranen, Field Staff

Maggie is passionate about wilderness skills and nature connection. She is deeply driven by her commitment to being an active community member and strives to live in harmony with the land and the beings that dwell in it. Maggie works at Wolftree programs and Leapfrog
programs. Apart from nature education, Maggie co-runs Full Circle landscaping and Compost Collective.

 


Ryan Richards, Field Staff

Ryan began actively pursuing a connection with Nature while he was in college studying philosophy and religion. He left school in 2008 to intern on an organic farm in New Jersey, as a way to get out of his head and into his body, and has been working on farms since then.

While abroad in India he studied and experienced the nuances of group dynamics and communication, cultivating leadership skills and environmental awareness.

In 2011 he began volunteering at Wolf Tree and has since grown to become more fully immersed and invested in the work and vision of Wolf Tree. He continues to explore those questions that school couldn't answer by spending time outside, working hard, and exploring the ways we are connected and the ways we get in touch with that connection.

He likes to play music, cook and ferment food and drink, live in community, and walk to far away lands.

 

Jacquelyn Ward, Field Staff

Jacquelyn grew up running around the woods, eating herbs straight from the garden, and sleeping outside whenever possible. In 2007 she took part in Amherst High School’s Survival Living class and became interested in learning how to thrive without the trappings of the consumer world. Since then she has worked for Hawk Circle, Vermont Wilderness School, Wolf Tree, Earth Works, and Art of Mentoring programs. In 2011 she began volunteering for Wolf Tree and has since been excited to take part in many programs as both staff and student.

 

She has a BA in Historiography and Alternative Historical Narrative from Marlboro College in Vermont and an MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies from the University of Iceland. She has been living in Iceland and Denmark for two years, and recently spent six months working on farms in Devon, England and exploring the landscape and stories of Dartmoor. She is passionate about mythology, history, and food cultures, and the ways in which they connect people to place.

 

 

Kevin Aderer, Field Staff

Kevin began seeking a deeper relationship with nature in 2010 when he left his job as a climbing instructor in Boston and pitched a tent on a homestead-in-progress in northern Vermont. In 2013, he began two years of apprenticeships at Earthwalk Vermont and Maine Primitive Skills School. He is dedicated to supporting all people in exploring the world with vigorous curiosity, feeding our shared innate needs for challenge and growth. He is passionate about ancestral living skills, communal celebration and play, and the critical pedagogy of storytelling and story deconstruction.

Kevin is also deeply invested in building sustainable living systems to serve community needs. He cultivates projects and skillsets around collaborative entrepreneurship and carbon-sequestering agriculture.

He lives in Montague, where he raises dairy goats and imagines forest gardens and intentional communities with his partner Erica. They host a community potluck-and-song-circle every other Sunday, at which you are most welcome!

 

Eva Meier, Field Staff

Eva has studied and practiced wilderness living skills since she was a young girl. She has years of experience both as a naturalist and a crafts person and as a teacher. She has worked within the nature connection community at programs such as the Art of Mentoring, Bushy Hill Nature Center and Two Coyotes Wilderness School. 

Eva recently spent three months living in Washington state where she worked on preparing her own clothes, food and gear and then lived entirely primitively for three weeks in the mountains there. 

Besides being an avid naturalist, Eva is passionate about music and cooking (among other things). She recently graduated from Umass, where she designed a major called Cultural Design through Indigenous practices, which focused on the relationship between people and the land and using nature-connection to build sustainable, regenerative communities. 

 

 

Eric Lundquist, Field Staff

After several years working for Earthwatch Institute Eric left the office. He continues to assist Earthwatch researchers in the field and has facilitated fifteen teen expeditions. He began staffing Wolf Tree programs in 2015. His two children participate in Wolf Tree’s camps and the Tupelo weekends.

Eric earned a BA in English from Washington and Lee University and a MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and holds a Level III Track and Sign rating. A favorite honor was once overhearing his daughter designate his profession as Adventurer.

He often wanders off trail - especially when deer, moose or a local carnivore’s tracks reveal another path.  He believes in a mentoring style that similarly goes “off trail” and he strives to inspire other adventurers young and old.

 

 


Erica Martenson, Field Staff

Erica has had a deep love of nature for as long as she can remember.  Growing up homeschooled, she was fortunate enough to attend a variety of nature connection programs (quite similar to Wolftree programs), which nurtured her passion for wilderness skills, cultural technologies such as song and storytelling, and creating regenerative, nature connected culture. She began attending the Art of Mentoring at age 11, and has been on staff there since she was 17. She has staffed and organized many nature programs for kids and teens all over the world, from Scotland to Santa Cruz CA.


She now lives in Montague with her partner Kevin. Together they raise a herd of dairy goats, and joyfully manage a small homestead.