Vermont Wilderness School builds long-term mentoring relationships rooted in community, nature connection, and earth living skills. We are a non-profit 501(c)3, based in Brattleboro, VT and founded in 2000.  Explore our work and contact us to learn more.

Upcoming Programs:

Summer Camp Registration is Open! 

Otter Day Camp, VWS’s long-running nature camp for ages 7-12 at Fort Dummer State Park in Brattleboro, will be offered June 22-26, June 29-July 3, and July 6-10 in 2015.  Learn more and register here.

Shambhala Warrior and Nature Camp, a week of martial arts and nature awareness for ages 9-15 (8 by permission), will return June 22-26 in 2015.  Learn more and register here.

Earthfriend Discovery Day Camp at the Manitou Project land in Williamsville, VT (20 minutes from Brattleboro downtown), will return this year August 3-7 and 10-14.  For ages 7-12.  Visit the Manitou Project to learn more and register.


Oyase Community School Open House 

Thursday, April 30th, 9am-3:15pm. Dummerston, VT.

An Open House for VWS’s core weekly program for children and teens ages 7-15.  Suggested donation $10. For more information on Oyase Community School and to register, click here. To register for the open house, contact Amy Hyatt at Hyatt@vermontwildernessschool.org.

Essentials of Resilient Community – May 2015 (final session of this cycle)

You’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child. What does it take to raise a village? Join Amy Hyatt to learn practices and teachings of the Art of Mentoring that will support you to grow as a mentor, leader and designer of regenerative, resilient community – whether on a family, neighborhood, or regional scale.  Can be attended as a 7-month series or as individual topical weekends.   Learn more about this powerful new program here.


Full Moon Girls Benefit Event

Sun, April 26th 1-5pm at Great Falls Harvest in Turners Falls, MA

Sponsor a girl living her empowered true nature at FMG.  Learn willow basketmaking craft or bid on fabulous regional offerings while in good company…you may even opt to stay and dine! 

1-3 pm - Wise Womens Gathering – Willow Basketry

  • Open to Women of all ages
  • Tickets at the door for the workshop are $25-100.

3-5 pm - Silent Auction 

Learn more about Full Moon Girls here.


Save the Date – AOM

The Art of Mentoring will be held September 7-12 at Farm & Wilderness Camp (Plymouth, VT). AOM is a six-day experiential, nature-based training for ages 3 to 99. Registration opens in early May.

Welcome to our new Director!

In February we welcomed our new Director Sam Stegeman. We also said a grateful goodbye to Connor Stedman, our Director from 2012-2014. Read more on our staff bios page. (About > Who We Are)

VWS is Hiring

Are you our new Administrator? Or do you know the perfect candidate? We're hiring now for this part-time, year-round position. The Administrator "tends the hearth" here in our West Brattleboro office, in support of our instructors and students out learning and growing in the fields and forests of southern Vermont and western Massachusetts. This is a leadership position. See the full job description on our Employment page (About Us > Employment).