Wilderness Activity Books was founded in 2016 by Jared Manninen. Through engaging activities, tales of lessons learned, and education about backcountry skills and etiquette, Jared’s series of Wilderness Activity Books will inspire creativity and help you cultivate adventure in your daily life. Color the Tahoe Rim Trail is the first book in the Wilderness Activity Books series and, over time, Jared will publish more coloring, maze, and connect-the-dots books, as well as other activity books with an emphasis on living, playing, and being outdoors. In addition to information about each book, you can also find supplemental and bonus material for each of the Wilderness Activity Book on this site.

Jared Manninen cross-country skiing at Grass Lake near Luther Pass on March 8, 2016.

Jared began his art career in 1997. He never had any talent for art in high school, but he started to collect comic books in college and decided to pick up a pencil and pad of paper just to see what would happen. That lead to taking a figure drawing class (in the hopes of being able to draw more accurate superheroes), which lead to him changing his minor to fine arts. Over the years, however, he has segued his “fine art” skills into fun art projects. Now he is an author and illustrator who focuses on creating illustrated books that serve to inspire people to see the world more meaningfully and to find adventure wherever possible. One such book is titled MEGA ’99: Adventures of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker, and is an illustrated memoir of his 1999 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Copyright © 2017 Jared Manninen
View of the Euer Valley from Sundance trail at Tahoe Donner Cross Country ski area on January 5, 2017.

Jared has served in the US Marine Corps and Army National Guard. He’s earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and an associate’s degree in business. He has also been a professional massage therapist and a coach counselor for at-risk youth. In addition to his many accomplishments, he’s put a lot of time in the outdoors and has hiked thousands of miles. Jared moved to South Lake Tahoe, CA in 2005 and has called it home ever since. He is grateful for the fact that the Sierra Nevada Mountains and their associated pristine wilderness is right outside his front door.

Copyright © 2016 Jared Manninen
Jared trail running through Washoe Meadows State Park on December 20, 2016.