Rewild, v; to return to a more natural or wild state; the process of undoing domestication. Synonyms: undomesticate, uncivilize.
Peter Michael Bauer (formerly writing under the moniker “Urban Scout”) is a multi-disciplinary artist and environmental educator. A fourth generation Portlander, his first merit badge in the Boy Scouts was basketry. From there he went on to receive his Eagle Scout rank. It was during his years camping with the scouts that he began to yearn for a deeper connection to place. At age sixteen, inspired by Daniel Quinn’s book “Ishmael,” he dropped out of high school to travel across the United States and attend Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School. After that he went to Wilderness Awareness School in Washington state, where he attended several Art of Mentoring workshops led by Jon Young. He began blogging about rewilding under the moniker “Urban Scout” in 2004. During his time as Urban Scout (2004 – 2008) he received local press in the The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, national press in ReadyMade Magazine and international press in Positive Living Magazine (UK) and Chain Reaction (AU) for his efforts to create and promote the culture of rewilding.
In 2007 he started www.rewild.info (now www.rewild.com), an international online forum dedicated to discussions about rewilding. In 2009, after dedicating time to managing the site, he decided to found Rewild Portland, a local non-profit, in order to continue to build a local community of rewilding.
He loves basketry, playing the banjo, and is a fluent speaker of Chinuk Wawa (Chinook Jargon), the Native trade language of the Pacific Northwest. During the summer of 2012 he attended Lynx Vilden’s Stone Age immersion program. Bauer has been an environmental educator for over a decade, working with local organizations like Cascadia Wild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon Society, Portland Waldorf, Shining Star Waldorf, Cleveland High School, and is the executive director at Rewild Portland, a non-profit that he founded. Aside from running Rewild Portland, he currently works at Shining Star Waldorf School in Portland as an instructor for their Nature Immersion Program.