About:Thomas J. Elpel had the rare opportunity as a child to spend hundreds of hours with his grandmother, Josie Jewett. Together they explored the hills and meadows near Virginia City, Montana, collecting herbs, looking for arrowheads, and watching wildlife. Grandma Josie mentored Tom in learning about native plants and native skills, igniting a passion for nature that has inspired him ever since. As an adult, Tom has shared his passion for the natural world by writing books, founding Green University® LLC, running an outdoor primitive living school, and establishing the Jefferson River Canoe Trail. He has written or produced several books and videos, including Participating in Nature, the Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series, and Shanleya’s Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99.