GOne Feral's Mission & Founder
"Once domesticated you can never be wild again - only feral."
-- Steve Watts
Gone Feral was founded by teacher, technologist, and naturalist Doug Hill to share his passions for traditional skills & technology and the natural world via his other great passion: teaching.
Our mission is to change the world. Period. But of course it's more complicated than that. We strive for change in the world by working with individuals, museums, businesses, schools, and other environmental education organizations toward a brighter future: locally, globally, naturally.
Doug Hill, Founder & Head Instructor
First and foremost, Doug is a teacher. His eyes alight in those teachable moments as he recognizes the opportunity to share. But he is also a craftsman, writer, filmmaker, naturalist, and practitioner of primitive and traditional living skills.
Doug teaches annually at the primitive skills gathering Rabbitstick and volunteers as a Naturalist and Trail Guide with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. He is an Adjunct with Red Rocks Community College, where he teaches Wilderness Survival Skills in the Outdoor Education department as well as Bow-Carving in the Fine-Woodworking program. He has taught for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and for outdoor programs throughout Colorado and across the US. He is a strong proponent of experiential education and brings a hands-on approach to all that he teaches.
Doug lived outdoors for three months interning with Robin Blankenship at her Stone Age skills school Earth Knack where he co-led school and public programs. He also completed the six-month Hunter-Gatherer Intensive with Eddie Starnater at Practical Primitive, studied prehistory and technology with Steve Watts at the Center for Aboriginal Studies of The Schiele Museum of Natural History, developed his knowledge of the natural world through Jon Young's Kamana Naturalist Training Progam, and took the Standard with Tom Brown, Jr at his Tracker School. Always the student, Doug continually attends conferences, gatherings, and other educational networking events to improve his skills level and keep current on educational thinking and practice.
Doug holds a B.S. in Technological Studies/Technology Education from The College of New Jersey, a Standard Certificate of Teaching in the field of Industrial Arts/Technology Education, and holds membership in theSociety of Primitive Technology, the Colorado Archaeological Society, and the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. He has a background in teaching public high school before turning to informal environmental ed. Doug is certified as a Wilderness First Responder by NOLS' Wilderness Medicine Institute and in K9 First Aid & CPR by paramedic Eric Roth.