World class trainers have joined forces with AR to provide the highest quality credentials and skills to our students.
Alice Henshaw, Wilderness Medicine Trainer, WMA
Alice is currently a Wilderness Emergency Medicine Trainer (WEMT) with more than a decade of patient care and rescue experience in a variety of settings from urban EMS in the United States to the informal settings found in rural South Africa. Alice combines her passions for medicine and the outdoors. Since life wasn't exciting enough, she decided to return to school and focus on disease ecology as well as translating scientific and medical concepts from English to Zulu.
Alice helped re-start a "ropes & rocks" program with the Ithaca Youth Bureau during her undergraduate studies targeted at "at risk" and adjudicated youth. Many students were given the choice of participating in the outings program or going to a detention/recovery facility. She has also worked with various youth groups on farms and challenge courses. These groups varied from economically underprivileged to those with substance abuse histories who are now working toward recovery.
Michael Ridolfo, Ancient Arts of Awareness Trainer
Michael has been on the path of the naturalist his entire life. In 1998 he began to study and train with Tom Brown Jr. at his world renowned Tracker School. During that time, Michael began teaching nature education programs for both children and adults at private institutions and organizations. These include, but are not limited to: Mohonk Preserve, The Sunwise School, Action Karate, Camp Herlich – all in New York State, the Mohican Center in New Jersey, Appalachian State College in North Carolina, The Rocky Mountain School in Boulder, Colorado, Alex Aiken School in Duncan, British Columbia, Vermont Wilderness School in Brattleboro, Vermont and Tropical Reforestation and Environmental Education in Kailua, Hawaii, among others. From 2005-2007 he ran a year-long program within the science curriculum at Highland High School, Highland NY for 9th-12th graders focusing on field ecology and native skills. Also in 2007 he ran a native skills program at the Mcquade School for youth-at-risk focusing on survival skill and group unity. In 2007 Michael accepted the position of full time naturalist at the historic Mohonk Mountian House in New Paltz, NY. He currently lives in Accord, NY with his wife Sophia and son Adom.