Wilderness Living Skills
Naturalist and Ecological Knowledge
Youth and Adult Nature Connection
Hiking & Backpacking Excursions
Guided Nature Walks
Team & Leadership Facilitation
Ondatra Adventures is based out of Troy, NY and operates throughout the natural areas of the Capital Region of NY, the Hudson Valley, Adirondack Mountains, Catskill Mountains, and beyond.
We, regardless of age and ability, need and deserve the opportunity to experience the natural world in all of its profound beauty. That every moment taken to explore, learn, play, and interact with nature and each other, a critical relationship is developed, nurtured, and deepened. A relationship that has guided me and many others, with confidence, through life.
Ondatra's workshops, classes, and guided trips and hikes are skillfully designed to deepen one's relationship to the natural world in a far greater way than just 'taking a walk in the woods'.
As licensed NYS Wilderness Guide and Wilderness Skills Instructor with over 20 years of backpacking experience including long-distance backpacking, I work as a Wilderness Skills Instructor with youth and adults in the world of 'primitive' skills and 'nature connection' with organizations such as Hawk Circle Earth Mentoring Institute, Primitive Pursuits, Earth Arts, and Lime Hollow Nature Center.
I received a Bachelor’s of Science at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, studied freshwater turtle populations in the upper Hudson River of New York, worked as a Desert Tortoise Biologist in the Mojave Desert, and studied the symbiotic relationships between fungi and plants (Mycorrhizal Ecology) in the Northeastern US.
My passion for the natural world has been my driving force; a passion I'm dedicated and honored to share. My connection to the natural world, to the earth, and its inhabitants has been and continues to be the greatest of gifts.
I hope that you take the time to get outside and explore with us!!
David M. Muska