Carl Keller, Executive Director
A native Arkansan, Carl has actively pursued and enjoyed the wonders of the natural state nearly all of his life. After becoming involved in Search and Rescue in 1993, he was introduced to man tracking, which drew him into an involved study of wilderness survival and nature observation skills that occupies him to this day. Currently he is pursuing a MA in Cultural Anthropology and seeks to further explore the relationship between the human experience and the mystery that is the natural world.
Sarah Hammond, Program Director
Sarah has been enthralled with the natural world since she was a young child. Her current passion is to help children and adults reconnect with nature. She believes that earth-based mentoring is the keystone to fulfilling that goal and has mentored in schools, camps, and educator workshops across the country. Sarah received her PhD in Biology Education focusing on ecoliteracy. She is a graduate of Wilderness Awareness Residential Program and is a student of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program. Sarah and her husband Shea live on a US Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Colcord, OK.
Johnny and Karen run Barefoot Farm near Rose, OK and bring produce from their farm to the workshops. They both are knowledgeable naturalists in this area, and especially with local ethnobotany. Karen provides delicious, healthy and local meals for workshops.
Joshua Walters, Facilitator
Joshua grew tall in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands hunting, fishing, wildcrafting and exploring with his uncles, cousins, father and grandfather, Pap. He has deepened his earth connection through many travels across the continent and spending most of his last fifteen years in Yellowstone country and the Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho. He is a life long
learner and student of Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School, Wilderness Awareness School, Regenerative Design Institute, and the Kamana Naturalist Study Course.
An instructor with Twin Eagles Wilderness School since 2005, he finished three years of their instructor/mentor training intensive program. Joshua is an unforgettable mentor with children. He lives from the heart sharing his unique gifts of curiosity, humor, music, deep love for people, passion for community and plenty of fun! Joshua recently moved to the area excited to explore the natural world, community and self!
John Arnold, Facilitator
John Arnold’s love of the land goes back to childhood days of wandering on his grandparent’s farm in southern Missouri. His wilderness teaching experience has encompassed a wide spectrum ranging from nature observation and tracking skills at church camps to a bird language course for senior citizens. John is an ordained pastor of a church in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he lives with his family. He especially enjoys exploring the spiritual growth people experience as they learn about the wilderness.