Jon Poppele

Lead Instructor Tracking Apprenticeship

Jonathan Poppele is a naturalist, author and educator who works to help people connect more deeply to themselves, to others, and to the natural world. He earned a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota studying citizen science and ways to cultivate a personal relationship with the nature. He taught biology, ecology and technical writing at the U of M for many years before leaving to focus on his own projects. Jon is the author of a dozen nature guidebooks, including a series of guides to animal tracks and the National Outdoor Book Awards Honorable Mention “Night Sky: A Field Guide to the Constellations.” Jon serves as the Minnesota coordinator for Bird Language Leaders, is the founder and director of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project, and holds CyberTracker certifications in both Track & Sign and Trailing. Jon is also Head Instructor of the Center for Mind-Body Oneness in Saint Paul, MN, where he teaches meditation, mindfulness, and the peaceful martial art of Ki-Aikido.