Jon Young is the author of What the Robin Knows–How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, The Kamana Naturalist Training Program, Animal Tracking Basics and Coyote’s Guide To Connecting with Nature. As founder of the 8 Shields Institute, Nature Connection Mentoring Foundation, Bird Language Leaders and Wilderness Awareness School, he has pioneered nature connection models for over 30 years.
Jon’s story begins while hunting snapping turtles in the suburbs of New Jersey as a boy. Following his curiosity where few would dare, he discovered a map to our ancient biology that unlocks deep nature connection. He has, in short, blazed a trail into the heart of what it means to be human. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, calls Jon’s work “good medicine for nature-deficit disorder”. Through master storytelling, song and experiential learning, Jon awakens nature’s healing connection within individuals and entire communities.
In this year’s speaking tour, Jon tunes our ears, eyes and minds into the nearly lost art of bird communication. Ever wonder what our feathered friends are squawking about? Jon reveals how to easily decode their messages and why this is an essential survival skill. Many report that training themselves in this ancient discipline gives them an edge in their modern lives, including their perception of complex human interactions, heightened creativity and understanding of entire ecological systems.
These talks are part of Bird Language Leaders events in collaboration with the National Audubon Society and the Nature Connection Mentoring Foundation. This is a must-go event for educators, community leaders, conservationists and anyone who wants to go outside, have fun and connect with nature in your own backyard.
Jon Young is not booking speaking engagements at this time. Thank you for your interest.