Ken Clarkson


Ken grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia in eastern U.S. connecting to nature through hunting and fishing with his dad. He ran off to seek grizzly, caribou, and really big fish in the arctic to become a backcountry ranger at Gates of the Arctic National Park, followed by graduate school studying bears and ravens at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. To thaw out he retreated to Hawaii to become an endangered species wildlife biologist. He now spends his time restoring another critically endangered species, humans with a deep connection to the natural world. He specializes in playing with kids (and adults) in nature and lately is enjoying supercharging this play by coleading groups of ninjas in nature. You can learn more about his work at