Ben was born in Virginia and grew up catching crayfish and exploring the peaks and hollers of the Appalachian mountains. He went to Virginia Tech and obtained a degree in Biology and a PhD in Microbiology. During his studies, he picked up the hobby of Tracking animals, which led him to develop a deeper awareness of his natural surroundings. Ben decided to channel his energy into teaching others about the gifts of nature, so that they may understand the importance of the natural world for themselves and others. Cal-Wood is a great place for him to accomplish this mission.