“I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. I like the way he delivered the content and the content was packed with advice and wisdom.”

Robert Nelms

Sport Administration


“He emphasized how we don’t laugh enough and have been so wrapped up in our phones and electronics and don’t take the time to just ‘listen’ and be ‘silent."

Robyn Schirmer



Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Wilderness Travel and Classroom Teaching

Mike Kinziger, Ph.D.


Retired, Associate Professor

University of Idaho

About Mike:

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.


KING FROG was self published in 2011. Over 800 copies were sold to mostly former students and participants at numerous workshops. KING FROG has recently been revised, edited and is now written for e-Book and standard book copy through Xlibris Publishing Company. Mike has also contracted with World Patent Marketing and his new invention, the KINZI, is in production format and will be on the market by the end of 2015.


In addition, Mike has an extensive outdoor background (whitewater canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, hunting, hiking, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and backpacking, etc). Mike lists as special accomplishments in his life: scouting as a youth, Viet Nam veteran, athletic director and coach at a junior college (basketball, tennis and golf), International Clown Camp instructor, single father who raised three daughters, motivational speaker, outdoor trip leader with over 100 wilderness trips, holder of six long distance canoe records, a role model for active, healthy lifestyle and since retiring has spent numerous weeks solo paddling in the Canadian wilderness with no human contact. He is currently working on a book titled, “The Canoeing Solo Trifecta”.


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