Matt grew up in Gold Bar, WA, running around deep in the backcountry of the Cascades for most of his life. He has always been passionate about naturalist skills, especially botany and mycology. In 2015 he completed Alderleaf Wilderness College’s Wilderness Certification Program. He then started an organic vegetable farm and wild foraging business, selling to local chefs and at farmer’s markets for the next several years. Through his business, he cultivated gourmet edible and medicinal mushrooms in addition to foraging for wild fungi, plants, and berries. Now, he leads classes on wilderness survival, mycology, natural history, and scout skills. Drawing on his past experiences working in the activities departments of nursing homes and with teens with developmental disabilities, he loves connecting people from all walks of life with the great outdoors.