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Jeff Hatch, Director/Chief Instructor

Jeff grew up in Cape Cod Massachusetts where he spent his younger years fishing, hunting, camping, building forts and shelters. His first introduction​ to the outdoors was with the Boy Scouts, were he gained a strong foundation in basic wilderness skills. As he got older he studied primitive skills, wilderness survival and how First Nations lived their lives, he practiced and recreated everything he learned. He holds certificates in Outdoor Leadership / Land Survival and is also a Wilderness First Responder. 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 on teaching other people how to not only survive but to be completely se​lf-reliant in the wilderness. He is also an avid backpacker, hiker, & canoeist.

Tony Melendy, Asst. Instructor

Tony has spent most of his life growing up in Northern New Hampshire fishing, hunting, hiking and exploring the woods of New Hampshire and Maine. He was a Boy Scout and Boy Scout outdoors wilderness trainer. Tony has traveled through Scandinavian and Europe learning about different cultures. His real passion is helping people discover the outdoors not only for its beauty but for the happiness and self-reliance we all have within us when we are one with nature. Tony started off as a student of Raven Wilderness School, and now has become an assistant instructor. 

Jessica Hatch, Instructor In-Training

Jessica grew up in Connecticut and on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, 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, along with seeing the beauty of our natural lands on her cross country trip. 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 on full academic scholarship from CCSU, and obtained a Masters in Education from Keene State College in order to teach science. 

     In her undergraduate work, Jessica took many anthropology courses and had the honor of participating in an archaeological dig on Wing Island in Brewster, Massachusetts where she and her team uncovered evidence of Native American work sites. She used this work as a guide for her thesis paper and acquired minors in Anthropology and General Science.  

     Jessica's main profession is as a secondary school science teacher, where her enthusiasm for anything and everything science often sparks curiosity in her students. Jessica's passions not only include science and the outdoors, but art, photography, and yoga as well. She hopes to become a skilled wilderness school instructor as well as a certified nature and forest therapy guide along, along with peak climbing where she will be able to use her off trail outdoor skills. 

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

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