Inspired by his childhood mentoring with tracker and author Tom Brown, Jr., Jon has pioneered blending Native mentoring techniques from around the world with the tools of modern field ecology. Under Jon Young’s guidance, Wilderness Awareness School, which was originally founded as a high school nature club, has grown to reach students all around the world with its programs that help people reconnect with their native environments.
Wilderness Awareness School’s approach to nature education Jon Young officially founded the school in 1983, and “re-founded” it upon meeting Ingwe in 1984. They are considered our co-founders. Several other individuals have made profound contributions to our philosophy and perspectives on naturalist mentoring. We honor these people as “Significant Contributors” of the school.
Jon Young currently lives in California and teaches a variety of programs in California and around the U.S. and Europe.