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 Douglas A. Hill to share his passions for primitive 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.
Douglas A. Hill, Founder & Head Instructor
First and foremost, Doug Hill 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 primitive skills practitioner.
Doug has led Advanced Trainings for the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (for which he also volunteers as a Naturalist and Trail Guide), leads nature hikes for Boulder Walking Tours, and teaches for outdoor programs throughout Colorado. He has taught at Rocky Mountain National Park and the primitive skills gathering Rabbitstick. Beginning in Summer 2013, Doug will be teaching primitive and survival skills at Front Range Community College, through its Continuing Education program.
Doug lived in a tent 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 makes frequent solo overnight trips into the wild to practice his skills.
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 is a member of the Society of Primitive Technology as well as 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.