Born in Oakland, California in 1955, Sean McGuire first came to Alaska when he was about ten years old to live with the Meader family on remote Wild Lake in the central Brooks Range. From 1967-1971, Sean lived off and on with Fred and Elaine Meader as a companion to their son, Dion. This remote living experience and subsistence-based lifestyle taught Sean a great love of wild places and showed him the importance of protecting them. Sean went on to become a strong environmental activist fighting to protect wilderness and natural places in Alaska. In 1978, he walked from Alaska to Florida in support of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).