Coyote Trails Leaders

Joe Kreuzman


Above: Weasel Tracking & Fisher Research 2012

Joe Kreuzman is the founder and Director of Nature Awareness and Wilderness Sports Programs and Coyote Trails School of Nature. He has dedicated his career to the teaching, training and mentoring of thousands of students in the arts of tracking, awareness and backcountry wilderness ethics. Having taught students of all ages internationally, Joe has honed his ability to connect individually with his students no matter their age, experience or background. Born in Ohio and schooled through extensive wilderness immersion Joe draws upon his vast and diverse experiential knowledge and training. 

Always an outdoor enthusiast, Joe began imprinting on nature at an early age and fondly recalls his first backcountry trip at age 7. He is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and attended Miami University where he studied Business Administration, Space Physics, Bio- Physics and Cellular Biology. Joe worked for the Rogue River National Forest - City of Ashland Watershed and later for the National Parks and Conservation Association in Washington, D.C. He brings 15 years of business experience as both manager and buyer for Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio and Adventure Outfitters in Ft. Collins, Colorado. While managing the ski department at REI in Seattle Washington, he helped form the mountaineering and crevasse rescue team and later in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado he volunteered for Larimer County Search and Rescue where he  honed his passion for tracking.

Joe blends his business expertise with his leadership experience guiding clients in such diverse ecosystems as the Trinity Alps Wilderness- California, The Gila Wilderness Area- New Mexico, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area- Colorado, Indian Heaven Wilderness and Glacier Peak Wilderness Areas- Washington, Sisters Wilderness and Diamond Peaks Wilderness- Oregon, Timbavati Preserve- South Africa and Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve- Belize, Central America.

He presently holds a a Tracker Level III Certification in South Africa, a Level III Trailing Certification and a Level II Track and Sign Interpretation Certificate from CyberTracker International in North America. Joe is a nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician, an OIE Tracking Instructor, Wildlife Biology Faculty member teaching tracking at the University of Vermont in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Environmental Sciences & Forestry Departments. He has trained at Tom Browns' Tracking and Wilderness Survival School and is a founding member of Team Benchmark Adventure Racing completing three 60 mile wilderness adventure races to date and has been a Certified Open Water Scuba Diver since 1981. 

Forever living the Tracker-Point-of-View, Joe is presently studying the interconnection between Physics, the Science of Consciousness and Nonlinear Dynamics. He has been instructing backcountry wilderness ethics since 1997.


Eirik Moergen

Senior Instructor


Eirik is a Senior Instructor at Coyote Trails and has been teaching with the school since the first summer over 11 years ago. As such, he has been blessed to share his experiences and passion for nature while teaching the arts of tracking, survival and nature awareness through classes, workshops and seminars to thousands of students across the country. Born in California and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Eirik has always held a deep connection to the natural world. Early in life he began studying Eastern Philosophy and training in the martial and yogic arts, and these experiences have deeply influenced him from a young age.

He has been tracking, practicing earth living skills and teaching for over 14 years. Eirik studied Integrative Healing, Philosophy of Physics and Nature Awareness at The Evergreen State College and after graduating spent nearly a year almost exclusively in the woods. This time-rich experience provided long days and weeks under the stars, wandering and re-calibrating to the deeper rhythms of nature – eating wild foods, tracking the bird language and strongly honing the skills of stalking and movement. He eventually came to know the quiet mind, and among the wild animals he touched was a Stellar’s Jay, the Douglas Squirrel, an inquisitive Red Fox and the powerfully gentle Black-tailed Deer to name a few...

Seeking the tools and skills of nature mentoring and teaching, he completed several classes at Tom Brown's Tracker School, a long-term intensive at Wilderness Awareness School, a 6-month internship at Earthwalk Northwest focusing on primitive living skills and wild edible/medicinal plants with Frank and Karen Sherwood, and he has taken every opportunity he can to study with his primary mentor Jon Young through participating in and facilitating several Art of Mentoring classes, coyote teaching weekends, bird language workshops and tracking events – including time in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southern Arizona with the Shadow Wolves Border Patrol Tracking Team. Eirik holds Level III Track and Sign Interpretation certification and a Level II Trailing certification from CyberTracker International.  

Always learning and growing, Eirik had the chance to live with Paul Pitchford for a time in Northern California, studying Asian dietary therapy and Whole Foods cooking. He has also spent time in Vermont studying Sacred Plant Medicine with Stephen Harrod Buhner and Trishuwa. In 2013 Eirik finished his graduate degree studying Daoist medicine, acupuncture and philosophy at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. During his time at the school he formed a close bond with his teacher, the late Dr Sean Marshall, and was asked to serve as senior editor in compiling and re-formatting Dr Marshall’s lectures into the first-year energetic anatomy and physiology textbook for the school to be published early 2016 titled: “Li- The Inner Principles of Chinese Medicine.” Eirik was also hired by Jung Tao School as adjunct faculty in teaching the first-year Physics lectures. A long-time practitioner of daoyin, qigong, taiji and yoga, he has been studying the bio-energetic anatomy, physiology and perceptual apparatus of the human body for many years and is working on a 'field guide' to the Energetics of the Body, biogenesis, deep ecology and the Art of Tracking. 

Molly Kreuzman

Co-Director, CTNC Facilities Manager


  • How long have you been with CT? In what capacity? -- "As the Co-Director with my husband Joe, I have been involved in Coyote Trails School of Nature since its inception. In the past 11 years my roles have varied widely from Chief Cheerleader and Bottle Washer to running our Nature Center and currently taking over the Directorship while Joe takes a much needed sabbatical. I am also taking the lead on creating our documentary film 5 Women: 4 Seasons. But in any capacity I am smart enough to always surround myself with folks I both respect and who know more than me."
  • Credentials: Mount Holyoke College double major in Middle Eastern Politics and Religion and a minor in Women’s Studies (Cum Laude, 1992), "which makes me perfectly suited to both Documentary Filmmaking and running a Nature Center." Molly has studied at the Tracker School, David Lynch Foundation for Transcendental Meditation, Raising Change, Earth-Heart Institute, Total Human Retreats, the Non-Profit Institute and more.
  • Favorite Primitive Skills: Awareness and problem solving along with adaptability.
  • Outside Interests: "My areas of interest range from traveling, meeting and connecting people, volunteering for such organizations as ZanaAfrica, Women’s Foundation of Oregon, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum and Park Estates Homeowners Association to making jewelry (or really any art project) and fixing up and decorating spaces for people."
  • What has CT done for you? -- "It has created, nurtured and informed my life purpose. It has allowed me a new family of children and adults to love and learn from. It is the foundation Joe and I stand on and allows us to lay down at night knowing we are making a real and lasting difference in the world."
  • Hometown: "Columbus, Ohio is the place I was born and raised but truly my hometown is now Ashland, Oregon."
  • Favorite Animal: "Otter, which I plan to come back as on the next go-around!"

Kathy LeMay of Raising Change says of Molly "She sees people's deepest commonalities and connects them in this place. She doesn't see their differences, only where they link up."