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Jeff Hatch, Founder/Head Instructor

Ever since a young child, Jeff has had a close relationship with nature. His first introduction to wilderness skills was with the Boy Scouts. As he got older he studied primitive skills, wilderness survival and how First Nations lived their lives, he recreated everything he learned. The Sami people of Lapland Scandinavia live very close to the earth, from them he has learned the most. Of all First Nation people, his connection with Sami is the deepest. Jeff’s travels have taken him on many wilderness adventures around the world including Vancouver Island BC, Canadian Rockies and Alaska. Jeff founded Raven Wilderness School in 2015 and now focuses what he has learned into teaching other people how to not only survive but to thrive in the wild. He is also an avid backpacker, hiker, & canoeist.

Jim Rejniak, Instructor

Growing up in New England, Jim has spent a lot of his time outdoors, and over the years has grown into a strong connection with the natural world. Learning much from his family about traditional ways of living with the wilderness, antiques and tool restoration, he has found himself involved in the world of primitive skills. Throughout the past several years, he has developed a strong passion for traditional hiking, camping, and woodcraft, influenced heavily by Scandinavian craft. Always in search of knowledge and adventure, Jim enjoys sharing what he has learned in a hope to promote an appreciation for the wilderness in others.

Jessica Colligan, Instructor In-Training

Jessica grew up in Connecticut, taking Sunday hikes with her family and summer camping trips since she was a child. She enjoys exploring different natural environments, from coast to coast. Jessica lived in Portland, Oregon for several years after college and was able to hike and explore the beautiful Northwest. It is there where she fell in love with the outdoors and nature's grandeur. 

     Jessica graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Education from Keene State College. In her undergraduate work, Jessica took many anthropology courses and participated in an archaeological dig on Wing Island in Brewster, Massachusetts.  

     Jessica's main profession is as a secondary science teacher, where her enthusiasm for anything science often helps spark curiosity in her students as well. Jessica's passions not only include science, and the outdoors, but art and photography as well. She hopes to become a skilled wilderness school instructor as well as a certified nature and forest therapy guide. 

"In the wilderness you are always a student never a master"