Shannon Francis has a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education. She learned wilderness survival skills with legendary Park Ranger Art Sedlack in Glacial National Park in Montana. She worked for two summers in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area as an outfitter and two summers as a naturalist for Governor Nelson State Park where she did plant identification seminars. After graduation she entered the Peace Corps where she developed the environmental education curriculum for grades 5-12 for the nation of Jamaica. After two years of service, she became the environmental sector trainer for Peace Corps Jamaica.
Shannon loves to test her outdoor skills in a variety of rugged environments and weather. Most recently she traveled to Mongolia where she learned to live off the land in the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle, identifying wild edible plants and how to prepare them.
Shannon has been an instructor for the Primitive Skills Gathering, an annual event located in Ashland, Wisconsin and BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman), an international organization dedicated to teaching women about the outdoors. She also teaches for the Recreation Departments of Franklin, Greenfield, Greendale and Milwaukee. She has a passion to teach both kids and adults how to thrive with little or no modern conveniences in an urban or outdoor setting.