I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. -Henry David Thoreau
A modern-day Henry Thoreau, Brett Butler is the creative mind and driving force behind Field Trips Delivered. At an early age, Brett craved the truth found in nature, and desperately wanted to leave the modern world behind. After reading My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George and the Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen, Brett had the burning desire to move out of the stifling, man-made world of "squares" and into the natural world of "circles". He thrived on wilderness exploration as a young man, venturing deep into the New Mexican mountains, climbing the tallest peaks on the east coast, and finding the remotest nooks in state and national parks that he could find. At age 21, Brett took the leap from the technology-infused, centrally heated, over-glamourized modern world into the natural world, living in a tipi and heating, lighting and cooking with open fire. He has never looked back.
He grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in May of 2003. Brett also earned his Eagle Scout award in January of 2003. Brett attended UNC-Asheville for 3 years, completing coursework in Ecology and Environmental Biology. He transferred to Appalachian State University where he completed his Bachelor's of Science in Appropriate Technology. Brett now lives in the mountains of Ashe County, NC.