Jack Batteiger was born and raised in Washington state, and has lived in Issaquah for most of his life. At the age of 5, he started attending summer camps at Wilderness Awarness School, which inspired him to continue his wilderness education after high school. Jack graduated from the advanced skills program from Alderleaf Wilderness College in June 2017, focusing on tracking and stone tool technologies. He attained his Trailing III certificate from CyberTracker and Wilderness First Responder certificate, as well as a Permaculture design certificate. He is now using his tracking experience as the Tracking Coordinator for Bear Smart Wa., a Black Bear conservation project. He coordinates tracking surveys for large predators in Western Washington. Jack has an immense passion for making tools from the natural world, learning how the native cultures survived and thrived in the PNW, and spreading that knowledge to others.