Born and raised in Kingston, Washington, Eli has had a love for the outdoors and adventure his whole life. He grew up reading Eragon, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Dune, and many other high narratives that transformed the way he viewed the world around him. Eli grew up in the North Kitsap Options program, which as a child enabled him to express his creativity and love for community. He attended Kingston High School for two short years before finding his place at Olympic College where Eli earned his Associates of Arts degree. When Eli was sixteen, he found his chief meaning in the cultivation of ideas and the imagination; of course, nowhere is this more fertile than in the minds of children. Today he pursues a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education, while working with WildWise.