Experts & Contributors


Dave Scott


Dave is the Program Director and Lead Instructor at Earth Native Wilderness School. Dave found a lifelong love for the nature as a young child exploring Texas’ wild places with his brother, Michel. As a teenager, a passion for wilderness survival skills and self-reliance was kindled while he was involved with his county’s local search and rescue team.

After spending 5 years in the US Army, Dave began pursuing his true passions full time, studying wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, youth and adult mentoring, naturalist studies, and sustainable living skills at wilderness schools across the country. Dave has been involved in Environmental Education since 2003 and, in addition to Earth Native Wilderness School, has instructed at several wilderness schools across the country including the Wilderness Awareness School and Alderleaf Wilderness College. Dave is currently one of only 20 individuals in North America qualified as a Track and Sign Specialist through the Cybertracker Conservation evaluation system, an international standard for gauging and enhancing in-field knowledge of wildlife behavior and track and sign identification.

Dave is the co-author of Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species and gives classes on feather ID and Bird Track & Sign throughout the state. As an educator, Dave’s passion is to help his students reconnect with the natural world through wildlife tracking, increased sensory awareness, wilderness survival skills, and the development of a strong sense of place.

Craig Caudill


Craig Caudill has spent a lifetime practicing and teaching survival, preparedness and self-reliance skills. He is the director of Nature Reliance School which and teaches these skills in the midwestern and southeastern U.S. He is an incredibly active blogger and writer for several different blogs and self-reliance magazines. He has appeared on educational television teaching self-reliance skills multiple times. He has a worldwide student base who study with him through his online self-reliance school. Craig considers himself a student in all things and is regularly studying with other instructors, thinking and practicing outside the box of conventional wisdom, and honing both his abilities and teaching methods. His students have included military operators, law enforcement special response units, and many average ordinary law-abiding citizens.

Clay Browne

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Clayton Browne has been writing professionally since 1994. He has written and edited copy ranging from science fiction to semiconductor patents to dissertations in political science, and has worked for Holt, Rinehart Clayton Browne has been writing professionally since 1994. He has written and edited copy ranging from science fiction to semiconductor patents to dissertations in political science, and has worked for Holt, Rinehart & Winston, McElroy Translation, Dell, PC World, Business Insider and Yahoo. Browne has a BA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in linguistic anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the Austin-area Salvation Army Advisory Board.


Jane Meggitt

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Jane Meggitt graduated from New York University. A former staff writer for a major New Jersey newspaper chain, her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including LegalZoom, USA Today, The Motley Fool and the Houston Chronicle. She’s also a nationally known equine journalist.


Kat Tretina

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Kat Tretina is a professional writer in Orlando, FL. Her passion for personal finance and security is reflected in her work in the home protection industry. Kat has a Master’s degree in Communications and studied self-defense for over 15 years. She also is active in the dog training community, working with potential protection animals and therapy dogs.



Katy Gassaway

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Katy began practicing yoga in 2009 and became a registered yoga teacher in 2014. She initially did yoga teacher training to deepen her own personal practice, but realized through the process how much she loved sharing her passion for yoga with other people and helping them cultivate their best self. Katy has received teaching certifications for Baptiste-based power yoga as well as Yoga Sculpt (yoga with weights) and has attended retreats and workshops with highly respected industry leaders all over the world. Katy enjoys all things health and wellness, including trying new exercises, cooking, gardening, and quality time outside with her two dogs.