From the urban jungle to the Alaskan wilderness, Charlotte Kilcher has lived a life of contrasts and challenges. She was raised in Berkeley, California, where she embraced a vegetarian lifestyle and a love for nature. She studied wildlife biology and moved to Alaska in 1978 to explore its rich and diverse habitats. She met her husband, Otto Kilcher, a cattle rancher and homesteader, in 1989, when they both joined the effort to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill. They fell in love and decided to build a life together on the Kilcher family land.
Charlotte Kilcher had to learn how to survive and thrive in a harsh and remote environment, where hunting, farming and fishing were essential for food and survival. She also had to juggle her roles as a mother of four boys, a stepmother of two more, and a wife of a hard-working man. She is a star of the reality TV show “Alaska: The Last Frontier”, where she shares her amazing and adventurous life with millions of fans. She is also a private and independent person, who cares deeply about the environment and the animals. She is Charlotte Kilcher, and this is her story.
Early Life & Family
Charlotte Kilcher, born on December 26, 1955, in Berkeley, California, had a childhood shaped by the 1960s. She inherited her love for nature and wildlife from her parents, Arthur Frank Adamson and Frances Adamson, who were avid backpackers and environmentalists. Her mother, a nurse and activist, died at 87 on May 6, 2016.
As a child, she joined her parents on backpacking trips in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Charlotte became a vegetarian at 13 and dreamed of living in the country with goats. She shared this dream with her lifelong friend, Corky Parker, whom she met as a child. Their friendship endured, even as their lives took different directions.
Charlotte Kilcher had a passion for wildlife biology since her childhood. She majored in biology at Sonoma State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. She then continued her education at California State University, Humboldt, where she earned a master’s degree in Wildlife Management.
Career & Progression:
Charlotte moved to Alaska in 1978 and spent her early years as a wildlife biologist. She studied various animals, such as moose, caribou, bears, and wolves, and admired the beauty and wilderness of the state. However, in 1989, Charlotte witnessed one of the worst environmental disasters in history: the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, releasing millions of gallons of crude oil into the water. The oil slick covered thousands of square miles, killing countless marine animals and birds, and harming the ecosystem. Charlotte joined the efforts to clean up the oil-soaked shores, where she met Otto Kilcher, a rugged and handsome man who became her second husband.
Charlotte joined the cast of Alaska the Last Frontier in 2012. The show follows the lives of Kilcher Family on the homestead near Homer, Alaska, where they live off the land and face the challenges of living in Alaska. Charlotte is one of the main cast members of the show, and she displays her skills, courage, humor, and spirit on the screen. She also loves nature and animals, and she shares her personal stories and struggles with the audience. The show has aired 11 seasons as of 2023, and Charlotte has appeared in over 100 episodes.
Metting & Marriage to Otto Kilcher:
Charlotte married her first husband after she came to Alaska who was a fisherman. They had their only child Torrey Short in February 1985. However, the marriage did not work and the pair went on to divorce. She met her second husband Otto Kilcher Otto while volunteering for the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup in southern Alaska and they fell in love. They got married in the 90s and she joined him at the Kilcher homestead, where she faced many challenges and learned new skills.
She became a stepmother to Otto’s two sons, Levi and Eivin, from his previous marriage and later gave birth to another son, August Kilcher. Charlotte embraced the homestead lifestyle, which required her to grow her own food, care for animals, and survive the harsh winters. She even gave up her vegetarianism for the sake of self-sufficiency. She also supported Otto with various chores around the farm, such as building fences, repairing machines, hauling wood, and driving tractors. Together, they overcame many dangers and difficulties, such as predators, natural disasters, and accidents.
Charlotte earns most of her money from a reality television show. She also enjoys raising chickens, livestock, and gardening, which help her live a self-sufficient lifestyle, but do not bring in much income. Together with her husband Otoo, she has a net worth of $1 M.
Charlotte Irene Adamson
December 26, 1955
67 years old
Arthur Frank Adamson
Sonoma State University, California State University, Humboldt
Reality Television Personality, Homesteader, Wildlife Biologist