Sam grew up in Minnesota and moved to the Pacific Northwest to learn wilderness living and naturalist skills. He began his education with a summer long Wilderness Living Immersion through Trackers N.W. He attended Alderleaf Wilderness College where he obtained a Wilderness Skills Education and Ecology Certification, a CyberTracker Level III Certification as well as a Permaculture Design Certificate. He then continued with Alderleaf for their Instructor Apprenticeship program, and now teaches classes in Flint Knapping, Brain Tanning, Bow Making and Wilderness Survival. At home, Sam spends his energy knapping, making bows and arrows, training the cat, and eating good food.