Born and raised in America's high-five, Melissa spent most of her life in the outskirts of her hometown Fenton, Michigan. A country girl, she roamed the woods barefoot catching frogs, snakes and turtles in the creeks along her neighborhood. She learned how to fish when she was 4 years old, entering local fishing competitions and spending countless hours on the edge of her family's dock. With her passion for wildlife, Melissa entered college as a biology major and ended with an education degree. During college, she also studied multiple natural sciences, tree and plant identification, and Native American studies, developing an admiration for the ways of survival in the indigenous tribes. She became passionate about foraging wildflowers, plants, and fungi for edible and medicinal uses.
1. 'Naked And Afraid'
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Live Now. Explore the All-New. In desperate need of protein, Fernando attempts to catch a fish with his bare hands. Naked and Afraid. Cass and Shannon meet for the first time - naked in Belize - as they begin their day survival challenge. Cass and Shannon run across an ancient cave system during their day survival challenge in Belize.
2. Really Naked? Really Afraid?
Alyssa grew up in the backwoods of New Hampshire. Because her home was secluded in the woods, her brother and sister were her best friends and comrades in their discoveries of the wonders of the forest. They would build treehouses, catch frogs, make go carts from the recycling center a few miles down the road, or create hot tubs in the sand pits for their Polly Pockets. In kindergarten, she and her family moved to Brazil for a year with only a suitcase and one toy to her name. Her mom homeschooled her that year and a part of her education involved experiencing the cultural differences of a developing country; living a life of simplicity and learning humility. With very few resources and lots of unscheduled time, she learned how to be very creative and resourceful. Then again in middle school, her family swept her away, this time to live in Puerto Rico, where after school activites included; climbing trees, adopting stray dogs, snorkeling, surfing in the ocean which also happened to be her backyard , watching baby sea turtles hatch and swimming out to sea with them as they made their journey into the world. She loved New Hampshire so much that she went on to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, completing her degree in Outdoor Education. Alyssa was able to study one semester abroad in Senegal, Africa, focusing on micro loans for women's business; and one semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School in the Brazilian jungle, where she traveled down the Amazon River canoeing, backpacking, and living with river dwellers for three months. In , she started her five year career as a crew leader for the Student Conservation Association.
If you are looking for another guilty pleasure to indulge in, try Naked And Afraid. The Discovery Channel sends a group of naked coupled strangers into the wild for three weeks. They are naked, afraid and have to work together in order to survive the 21 days.