Mike Kinziger resides in Deary, Idaho where he lives in a remote home in the foothills of The Rocky Mountains. He is retired from the University of Idaho where he taught and coordinated Outdoor Leadership for 17 years as an associate professor in recreation. Mike also taught recreation at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse for 17 years as well as four years in a middle school. In total, Mike taught for 38 years accumulating seventeen teaching and outstanding performance awards. He has taught more than 25 different courses about recreational activities and creative play. Since 1982, Mike has conducted more than 150 workshops and had speaking engagements across the United States directed toward team building and play in our lives. He also organized and directed a group called Just For Fun that provided recreational activity for special groups, corporations and school groups. Mike instructed at the International Clown Camp for five years where he taught clowns games that they could use when performing. He continues to conduct workshops and to speak at conferences.
Mike’s outdoor experience includes everything from mountain biking to whitewater canoeing and he has led more than one hundred wilderness classes. He has been a scout, Vietnam veteran, athletic director and coached junior college basketball, tennis and golf. He is the holder of six long distance canoe records and is a role model for active, healthy lifestyle. Since retiring, he has spent numerous weeks’ solo paddling his canoe in the Canadian wilderness. He recently finished a second book entitled: Alone in a Canoe. It has been published by LitFire.