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The Inaugural Wilderness Year Cohort Prepares for Summer

Megan Pugh, May 13, 2017

The first-ever Wilderness Year is winding down and participants are preparing to graduate, but not say goodbye just yet! We are very pleased to announce that eight of our graduates will be staying on.

When Primitive Pursuits announced the Wilderness Year nine-month outdoor leadership program it was January 2016, with just over seven months until the program's proposed start. The logistics for leasing Cornell University's Arnot Field Campus had taken some time to work out and we were unsure if we'd even be able to fill the program within such a short time.

The response to the program, however, was immediate. Before the application form was technically even live, it was submitted by Max McCune, our first Wilderness Year applicant.

Not far behind Max were nearly a dozen more, and the Wilderness Year took off in September with an excellent cohort of students.


"One of the most beautiful things about Wilderness Year is how every skill and every craft we learn becomes deeply embedding in layers of meaning and connection, with the land and with each other." says program participant, Tiffany Cheezem. "I couldn't ask for more passionate or more skilled teachers."

Designed to reconnect individuals with their local bio-region and with a community of people dedicated to fostering nature connection in the world, the Wilderness Year was created to allow students to go deeper than they can in our shorter adult programs. Adding the summer is a great opportunity for students to apply their skills to mentoring and add three months to the experience making Wilderness Year last a full calendar year.

"Our staff members are known for bringing an infectious enthusiasm and patience to their work and I couldn't be happier with the addition of these remarkable graduates" said Program Director, Sarah Brown. "This is the perfect opportunity for them to put their skills into practice—AND our summer campers are some lucky kids who will really benefit from their passion and commitment."

You can read about the Wilderness Year graduates joining our summer staff including Alex Van Nostrand, Max McCune and Zoe Miller on our website and experience some first-hand accounts of Wilderness Year on the Primitive Pursuits blog.



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