Upcoming Programs for Adults

Essentials of Resilient Community – Mentoring and Nature Connection

The Essentials of Resilient Community program, offered by Vermont Wilderness School and Amy Hyatt, takes you deeper into the practices and teachings of the Art of Mentoring, supporting you to grow as a mentor, leader, cultural creative, and designer of regenerative, resilient community – whether on a family, neighborhood, or regional scale.

Wildlife Tracking Day

  • Date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Snow on the ground leaves beautiful clues for the curious tracker. Come join the Vermont Wilderness School to build your ecological literacy and find out what the animals are up to in the cold weather! Right now Bobcats are seeking prey, coyotes and foxes are marking in preparation for the February mating season. Whose tracks will we see? Who will we be able to trail over the snows? Come with us and find out!

Nature Awareness Study Group

• Starting in late February. Specific timing to be self-organized by the group

Quick, can you name twenty tree species in Vermont? How about the five most common birdsongs in Southern Vermont? Best local tinder material? If you can’t— would you like to be able to?

The Vermont Wilderness School is starting a nature study group for adults to do just that. We will focus on offering a structure for a group of adults to build a practice connecting with the rest of the natural world. We’ll begin with simple awareness tools that will help you expand your senses and follow with field exercises that can help you understand what you see in your backyard, the local park, or the deep woods.

Art of Mentoring (Registration now open!)

  • 2018 dates: August 27 – September 1

Deep in all of our roots, there are stories of ancestors living in healthy, regenerative communities—villages where people of all ages were in deep relationship with the land, each other, and themselves. The Art of Mentoring is designed to help us remember these old ways of awareness and mentoring and learn to apply them to our modern communities.

Register early – it fills up!

School-Year 2017-18  Programs for Youth

Wild Turkeys 
Ages 8-15
October through May. Monthly on Saturdays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Dummerston, VT

Wild Turkeys is a three-season nature connection program for adventurous kids with a passion for the arts of wilderness living. Our instructors have stories, skills, and songs to share, challenges for those who are ready, and games to keep the group alive and wild! We are guided by the combined passions of the youth and the instructors, the seasons and weather, and the unique magic that each day has to offer.

Foxwalk Forest School
Ages 5-7
September through early June (with an extended winter break). Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm. Putney, VT.

Guided by longtime VWS lead instructor Bob Etzweiler. Kids explore the natural world, learn ancient wilderness living skills, and build self-confidence, teamwork, and knowledge of self, nature, and community.


SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL VWS PROGRAMS.  Thank you to our many donors for their support of VWS’s Great Blue Heron Fund for scholarships.

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