Coyote Trails Leaders

Joe Kreuzman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
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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.

 

Molly Kreuzman

Co-Director, CTNC Facilities Manager

Molly

  • 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."