wilderness weekends

Ancient Skills. Good Company. Great Weekends!

Mastering the key elements needed for survival in the outdoors isn't just for wilderness instructors. Each skill we teach has a practical application but also simply shifts our perspective on how to live closer to nature. Expect to have your edges pushed and your skills tested no matter where you are in your wilderness skills journey.  

  • Willow Basketry
    Spring 2018
    Join us for a weekend of wandering the creeks and floodplains harvesting willow and crafting willow baskets. Students will craft a medium to large willow basket that will be complete by the end of the workshop.
  • Wild Spring Edibles
    May 6 & 7, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
    Walk with us through the spring landscape and get to know some of the most useful and delicious local wild plants. We will go beyond identification and learn how to harvest, process, and prepare a wild feast!
  • Black Ash Baskets
    Fall, 2017
    Explore the process of making Adirondack pack baskets from the beautiful black ash tree.
  • Hide Tanning
    Fall, 2017
    This weekend we will learn how our ancestors transformed animal hides into beautiful and durable clothing material.
  • Bow Making
    Fall, 2017
    We will take bulky pieces of wood and work following the grain to transform them into sleek, efficient hunting tools.
  • Winter Tracking
    Winter, 2018
    Accomplished instructors Jason Hamilton and Jed Jordan will distill many years of teaching this skill into a track-packed weekend of honing your skills - starting from wherever you’re at, novice or seasoned naturalist alike.
"What you have created is a haven and an opportunity for people to get back in touch with their true nature. I was glowing during and after the program, and felt myself harnessing a path of truth." Wilderness Skills Alumnus

Program Times

Wilderness Weekends generally require all day Saturday and Sunday from 9am until late afternoon. Some programs have a Friday night component to allow enough time to finish projects. Please check your programs detail page for specific time tables.

What to Bring

  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Weather appropriate and comfortable clothing
  • Sturdy Shoes

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