Jedidiah Forsyth is a core instructor at Alderleaf and coordinates the Advanced Wilderness Skills Program. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest he has been a passionate naturalist since his youth, fostering his interest in the natural world in the fields and forests of Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. Jedidiah studied primitive living skills at Tom Brown, Jr’s Tracker school and holds a Tracker III certification. As a wildlife tracking and natural history educator, Jedidiah works with community members to promote positive relationships with wildlife and the natural world, and in his capacity as a survival and primitive skills instructor strives to develop the skills necessary for professional and citizen scientists to spend safe and productive time afield. Jedidiah taught at Wild Whatcom; he helped found the Cascadia Naturalist Association, an organization dedicated to developing ecoliteracy and place based connection; and he co-hosts the radio show and podcast 'Wild Cascadia'. He finds great joy in sharing skills that he deeply cares for, and hopes to help foster a culture of self-reliance and environmental participation. Jedidiah takes great comfort in wilderness and when not working with the community can be found in the deep places of the Northwest on the trail of black bear, gray wolf, and cougar.