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Get to Know Us

Kevin offers extraordinary outdoor adventures, connecting people from all walks of life with the joy of foraging and immersive experiences. Led by experienced forager and researcher, Dr. Kev, our mission is to foster a deep appreciation for the natural world while preserving ancestral technologies and sustainable harvest practices. Join us for unforgettable journeys, where you can learn firsthand, immerse yourself in nature, and create lasting memories. Book your trip now and embark on an adventure that will ignite your passion for the wild.

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Your Guide

Meet Kevin, a passionate lifelong forager and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the fascinating world of coastal exploration. His expertise extends beyond foraging, as he recently earned a PhD in archaeology, specializing in the maritime adaptations of California's earliest Indigenous inhabitants. With a particular focus on human evolution and traditional hunter-gatherer interactions with coastal, riverine, and lacustrine environments, Kevin's research delves deep into the complexities of our ancestral connections.

From a young age, Kevin's curiosity and love for foraging were evident. His earliest memory, at only a year and a half old, involves joining his family in the pursuit of clams. Although his skills were still in their infancy at that time, he recalls the joy of those early experiences, even if they occasionally resulted in a soaking-wet adventure within minutes.

Drawing upon his vast knowledge and personal experiences, Kevin is excited to share his expertise with you. Through his guidance, you'll gain a profound understanding of the coastal ecosystem, uncover the secrets of sustainable foraging practices, and develop a deeper connection to the land and sea.

To further deepen this connection, we encourage you to join our forums. Here, you can engage with a community that shares your passion, discuss Kevin's insights, and explore a myriad of topics related to coastal foraging and sustainability. It's a perfect place to continue your learning journey, share your own experiences, and find foraging and diving buddies.

Join Kevin, the passionate forager and researcher, as he leads you on a remarkable journey of discovery, connecting ancient traditions with modern exploration and igniting a sense of wonder within you.

Our core Values

Classically trained in the archaeology of Indigenous peoples of the California coast, our deep appreciation for the long-term relationship between humans, the sea, the land, and the Old Ways guides our approach to educating the next generation of foragers and outdoors enthusiasts.

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Safety

A fun and fruitful foray is very important to us, but your safety remains our first and foremost concern. Each outdoor adventure begins with a detailed safety briefing geared towards that day’s specific activity.

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Sustanibility

Hunter-gatherers have been foraging and fishing the California coast for at least 13,000 years (and likely more than 15,000 years). We guarantee that you will learn proper harvesting practices that will maintain the health and productivity of these resources for thousands of years to come! The wilds provide food that requires no fertilizer, exclusionary fencing, no pesticides, and no irrigation! In other words, the lowest carbon footprint and sustainable food sources on the planet!

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Seasonality

What is better than asking your local vendor at the farmer’s market to tell you what is in season? Experiencing the wild harvest for yourself! Each season offers a new and unique bounty and experience exclusive to that time of year! Examples include Autumn wild nuts and crabbing, Winter shellfish and mushrooms, Spring greens, daytime low tides, and edible blossoms, and the bountiful berries and calm waters for spearfishing and kayak fishing in the Summer!

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Equal opportunity and access

Your guide, Dr. Kev, has a PhD in anthropology (the study of culture and cultural diversity). He believes that all people deserve the right to be treated with equal respect and should have the same joyful experience reconnecting with the natural world and the bountiful resources it provides. Whether you spent your first forty years of your like in the “concrete jungle” or you were born and raised out “in the sticks,” our outdoor adventures will be geared towards your comfort level and goals.

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Keeping the Old Ways Alive

The motto of our YouTube channel, Catch N Cook California is to “Keep the Old Ways alive!” The “Old Ways” is a term used by many of our local Native American peoples in reference to their ancestral technologies and foraging practices. While some of the equipment we use (for freedive-spearfishing for instance) may differ somewhat from that of the ancient past, the mentality of a local and sustainable harvest remains the same. We are dedicated to keeping the Old Ways alive!

“Extraordinary Experiences”
Want to learn to forage for sea urchins, mussels, and clams? Or maybe you would like to learn to accurately identify the wild edible mushrooms and plants that abound in our local forests and meadows? We’ve got you covered!

Possibilitys

Whether you choose

to take it easy with a close group of friends on a private group foray, come along solo with your guide, or join a group of likeminded local aspiring foragers at one of our meet-and-greet forays, we’ve got you covered! Identification of wild edible mushrooms and plants, fishing, foraging, friction fire, stone tools, spearfishing, sea urchin, survival skills, Clamming, crabs and more.

Traditional technologies

We also offer specialized courses such as bow and arrow making from locally harvested hardwoods and river cane. With an expertise in experimental archaeology, we are confident that you and your group will walk away with a unique skillset!

Have you ever worried about what you might do if you got lost?

Foragers go off-trail by our very nature. But what happens if we get turned around? our survival skills workshops are geared to help you lean natural navigation methods, set up and use a Personal Survival Kit (PSK) and use it to successfully erect a shelter, make a controlled fire, purify water, use a survival fishing kit, carve snares and traps, and cook a meal (including some tasty wild table fare).

My Story

Training for Greatness

I am Kevin, your experienced guide and outdoor adventure enthusiast, dedicated to providing unique and memorable experiences for individuals from all walks of life. With a passion for sharing the joy of outdoor exploration, I offer informative and enjoyable adventures that cater to your experience level and interests.

Whether you are a seasoned fishing pro or have never tied a fishing knot before, I have the expertise to tailor the experience to your needs. My goal is to create exceptional local outdoor experiences that leave you with lasting memories and a deeper connection to nature.

In addition to the thrill of the adventure, I also offer the opportunity for a catch-and-cook experience right on the spot. If the sea and land provide, we can transform your freshly caught seafood into a delectable meal, adding an extra dimension of satisfaction to your outdoor journey.

With my background as a professional Fishing Instructor, I have earned a reputation for excellence in the greater San Francisco area. I have developed my own unique training methods that focus on syncing the body and mind, preparing you to compete against the best. I firmly believe that a rigorous training system not only builds physical strength but also cultivates the mental stamina required to excel at the highest levels.

At Live Wild/Catch N Cook California, I remain at the forefront of the industry by constantly staying up-to-date with the latest training techniques and methodologies. I am committed to pushing my clients to their limits, helping them unlock their full potential, and achieving remarkable results.

Join me on an adventure that combines my passion for outdoor exploration, culinary expertise, and commitment to training excellence. Together, we will create unforgettable experiences, fostering a deep connection with nature and pushing the boundaries of what you thought possible.

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