Local Organizations

Two Tracking Adventures

Two Tracking was developed to reconnect people to the natural world and to themselves. By using nature, the Wisdom of the Elders and their teachings, you’ll develop a more spiritual awareness of nature and of yourself. Two Tracking Adventures was founded by Paul Raphael who comes from the Raven Clan of the First Nation People of Three Fires and is an Odawa of the ANishinabek of Turtle Island.





We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization established to foster local solutions to global issues. We bring a holistic perspective, making connections between ecology and social justice




Great Lakes Bioneers

Meeting at the crossroads of ecology and social justice, the bioneers are engaged citizens from all walks of life who focus on solving our most urgent problems within a framework of interdependence: It is all connected. Taking care of nature means taking care of people – and taking care of people means taking care of nature. Bioneers take a "solve -the-whole-problem" approach that is holistic, systemic and multidisciplinary.



Natural Foods Market and community cooperative since 1973. Located at 260 East 10th St., Traverse City, MI. Business Hours: Mondays-Saturdays 7:30am-8:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-6:00 pm. Call: 231-947-0191



National Organizations

Wilderness Awareness School

Our vision is to reach out with our teachings until there’s a related nature awareness school in every region, a mentor in every neighborhood, a naturalist in every family and compassion for each other and the earth in every heart.






Eight Shields Institute

At the 8 Shields Institute we utilize a finely tuned, tried and true mentoring model that has proven to create healthy and vibrant natural leaders and nature-based communities around the world. 8 Shields Founder Jon Young, along with others, has utilized the 8 Shields Mentoring Model to inspire and train the leaders of over a hundred of these communities worldwide. For over 30 years the 8 Shields Mentoring Model has been applied, cultivated and honed. It represents the wisdom and teachings of beloved elders and cultures from around the world, who demonstrate ancient patterns for connecting deeply with nature and people.