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Welcome to the Alderleaf Wilderness College Forums site.

This is the space to introduce yourselves to everyone else in the community. If you want to start a conversation or join a conversation, go to the groups section and select the group that best matches your topic.

You might start here with your name, location and what some of your favorite outdoor related activities are. What is it about the natural world that really fires you up?

If you are interested in posting on specific topics other than introductions, please click on the groups tab at the top of the page and visit the group you feel fits your needs best.

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Hello Filip,

Thanks for organizing this community site for Alderleaf! It looks great.

Let's see, I live in Monroe, WA. Nature, wildlife tracking, and wilderness survival have been life-long passions of mine. Permaculture has been a more recent passion that has grown quite strong over the last few years.

Looking forward to seeing more folks on here!

Jason Knight
Hey yall,

I am Steve Nicolini. I am a student at Alderleaf. Originally from Northern CA, I have been a WA resident for almost a year, studying wilderness skills, ethnobotany, permaculture, and tracking the whole time. Looking forward to learning from everyone on the site.
Well, I should probably respond to this as well. : )

My name is Filip Tkaczyk and I am an instructor at Alderleaf. I have lived in Washington state since 1999, and have been studying the flora and fauna since I have arrived. I have a thirst to always know more about the natural world we are a part of and specifically to know more about the relationships in it. I really love naturalist studies, bird language and tracking.

Lately, studying bird language has been the thing that fires me most. Always sharpening my nature awareness is my goal. Always improving and expanding awareness. I have been seeing a lot more elusive animals lately thanks to this form of study and that fires me up even more.

Anyway, looking forward to hearing from everyone both here and in the groups section!
Hello everyone!
Thanks for creating this site. My name is Nancy Kim and I recently took the Wilderness Survival class at Alderleaf where I met Jason, Filip and Steve, learned a lot and had tons of fun. My passion has always been the mountains. I'm an avid climber, hiker and fly angler with a strong interest in naturalist studies and wilderness survival. The wilderness survival course piqued my interest in wildlife tracking and I'm looking forward to the Carnivore Tracking Workshop with Susan Morse.

I live in Seattle, very close to Seward Park and Genesee Park, great places to study nature and observe animal sign.
Welcome Nancy!

I am excited for you to get your hands into some tracking with Susan Morse. Make sure you take lots of photos, so that you can share some of what you saw with us here.

And, a belated welcome to Steve N. ! Glad to see you on here, too.
Hi there! My name is Alexander Holdaway, I currently live in Newberg, Oregon, and cannot wait to attend Alderleaf next year. I'm very very excited, I love the outdoors and nature and am very ready to learn a lot from Alderleaf.

I joined the forum because I am currently looking for someone to room with for next year.

Can't wait for school to start!
Welcome, Alexander!

I am looking forward to meeting you. When do you think you will be moving to the Monroe area?

Alderleaf is definitely a good place to be if you love the natural world. As we move into the summer time, our campus is bursting with greenness and the sheer amount of plant life is rather breath-taking. It is so amazing how this region of the western Cascades and Cascade foothills is so lush. It is actually more dense in plants than the parts of the Amazon rain forest I have visited!
Filip T. said:
Welcome, Alexander!

I am looking forward to meeting you. When do you think you will be moving to the Monroe area?

Alderleaf is definitely a good place to be if you love the natural world. As we move into the summer time, our campus is bursting with greenness and the sheer amount of plant life is rather breath-taking. It is so amazing how this region of the western Cascades and Cascade foothills is so lush. It is actually more dense in plants than the parts of the Amazon rain forest I have visited!

Wow that's awesome. I will be moving to Monroe probably just before next school year starts. I'm excited to meet everyone there as well! I was actually planning on coming up and visiting the campus in a short while. I still need to schedual it but I really want to see Alderleaf soon. Think about it every day.
Alexander,

If you wish to see the school in action come before graduation, which is June 6. You could join us for a day of class, if you can find the time.
Wow. That would be great! I'll definitally look into that.


Filip T. said:
Alexander,

If you wish to see the school in action come before graduation, which is June 6. You could join us for a day of class, if you can find the time.
hey hey! just came back to the states from Africa...was all over hitch hiking...it will be nice to be back in a deciduous forest no more jungle for me for a while...i have always felt more at home in an open expanse of natural terrain than anywhere else...i can't wait to see what kind of techniques you use up there in the north west especially for medicinal plants. i hope to learn alot from you all. i should be there a bit before the course starts; maybe in august...anyway i am really looking forward to it and i hope all is well in Washington.
Hi guys my name is Christian and I am 17. I live in Chicago and want to go to Alderleaf next September. I have always loved nature, but got into it big time when i read Hachtet by Gary Paulsen, and the rest of the series. I am not sure what i want to do in life and do not know what i want to do after high school but I decided on going to Alderleaf and then seeing what I want to do in life. I find just being in the wilderness such an awesome experience, and I know it is always going to be a big part of my life.

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