Kristi Freese


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  • With CT since 2005, Instructor since 2008
  • Credentials:  The Art of Tracking, Track & Sign III certification through CyberTracker (2015), BS in Wildlife Biology (Northern Arizona University, 2011). Graduate of CTSN Residential Apprenticeship Program 2008.
  • Outside Interests: Eastern and Western martial arts, travel, adventures of all kinds
  • Favorite Skills: Tracking! … Fire by friction, wandering, stealth and movement…
  • "What has CT done for you?" -- "Coyote Trails has helped me to see the world through new eyes, and has shown me that everyone, and everything, can be my teacher- including myself. It is both empowering and humbling to stare at seemingly bare ground and have a track suddenly appear before your eyes, or to have a child teach you an aspect of friction fire you never before realized. Nature itself is a powerful teacher; we simply must learn to how to listen. Coyote Trails has also provided a fantastic community that has helped me to overcome many struggles in my life, turning them into opportunities for learning and growth."
  • Hometown: Long Beach, Washington
  • Favorite Animals: Gray fox and platypus.

Kristi grew up in a small town on the coast of Washington state. She was drawn to nature at an early age, and could frequently be found staring at animal tracks on the beach, wondering over an unknown plant, or reading field guides for fun. She would often teach her sisters, parents, or anyone who would listen about her new-found discoveries!

In 2004 she attended her first primitive living skills class, where she met Joe Kreuzman. This led her the following year to Coyote Trails, where she began her training in primitive skills and wildlife tracking in earnest. In 2008 she participated in the Coyote Trails Residential Apprenticeship program, and began working for Coyote Trails as an instructor.

Kristi attended Northern Arizona University, and graduated in 2011 with a degree in wildlife biology. Her primary academic focus is field research, studying animals in their natural habitat. Her studies include work with foxes, bats, skunks, sea lions, rattlesnakes, and migratory birds. One of her long-term goals is to integrate traditional tracking methods into modern field research, and to promote wildlife tracking as a vital knowledge base for all field biologists.

Kristi’s other interests include martial arts and travel. She has trained in various Eastern martial art styles since the age of six, and has more recently taken up the study of Western swordsmanship. She has a serious case of wanderlust, and loves to visit new lands.

Kristi hopes to share with each person she encounters the inspiration, passion for life, and support given to her by her own instructors. “Each person must find the courage to walk their own path, learn from those they meet along the way, and pass on the wisdom they gain from it.”