Josh Wood is the Assistant Director of Programs and an instructor at Flying Deer Nature Center. After high school, Josh traveled the country and studied with the Tracker School and the Wilderness Awareness School. He immersed himself in apprenticeships learning survival skills such as fire starting, shelter building, edible plant identification, and animal tracking. Josh holds a Level III Tracker certificate through Cybertracker Conservation. He described the skills he has learned as “liberating knowledge.”
Josh learned to love the outdoors as a kid, inheriting his father’s respect and reverence for the natural world. As a kid, he spent a lot of time outdoors, getting into the “good kind of trouble.” He thinks it is important to remember how the human species’ development was tied to its environment, and believes maintaining that connection and understanding enriches the human experience. Josh thinks it is crucial to give children access to unstructured time in nature, and has seen his own sons thrive in the Flying Deer programs. His animal tracking tours give people the chance to “look at the landscape through curious eyes.”
When he’s not at Flying Deer, Josh enjoys playing guitar and tenor banjo, chopping wood, and hiking with his family. He has settled into New Lebanon and enjoys the networks of people here, especially those he has found through homeschooling his sons.