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.  

  • Winter Tracking
    February 11, 12
    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.
  • Willow Basketry
    April 1, 2
    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
    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.
"I have had the most beautiful and life-changing adventure. I cannot even begin to thank you enough for reawakening my curiosity, fueling my desire for adventure and introducing patience and so much beauty to my life." Wilderness Skills Alumna

Program Times

Some programs have a Friday night component to allow enough time to finish projects, please check your program details for timing each day.

What to Bring

  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Sturdy shoes

"Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent." Richard Louv, Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'

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