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.


Your support of the 2016 budget will allow us to:

  • give more scholarships,
  • raise wages for our instructors,
  • open a residential summer camp in West Brattleboro, and
  • provide even more ways for people to connect to nature.

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Essentials of Resilient Community – a 7-Month Series

You’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child…but how do you raise the village?  Essentials of Resilient Community is a series of weekend workshops for adults delving into different aspects of raising a village, beginning with you.  The Art of Mentoring workshop is highly recommended for this series.   Take all 7 Weekends or an individual workshop.  Financial aid and housing/travel stipends available.  See descriptions of each of the weekends in the program here.

Lynx Tracking Expedition

Our very popular long weekend on the trail of one of the most elusive carnivores of the Northeast.  Beginner to advanced trackers welcome.  Join two highly-skilled guides for two days of immersion into the deep snows of Northern Maine, and fun evenings in cozy cabins.  Learn more.


Oyase Community School

Ages 6-15.  Join us for another year of exploring, playing, and learning how to be at home in the woods taking care of ourselves and all the creatures and plants we live with from autumn to winter to spring.  Meets Thursdays, October through May, and includes a Spring Equinox Overnight.  Dummerston, VT.  Learn more.

Foxwalk Forest School

Ages 5-7.  Foxwalk supports children to explore the natural world together, learn ancient wilderness living skills, and build self-confidence, teamwork, and knowledge of self, nature, and community.  Students are guided by longtime VWS lead instructor and program director Bob Etzweiler, along with other experienced Vermont Wilderness School staff.  Meets Tuesdays, September through May, with a break in the Winter. Putney, VT.  Learn more.

Ages 7-15.  At Full Moon Girls, girls gather together with women mentors to play, explore, challenge their edges, and learn new skills. This program nourishes the individual and cultivates an environment for growth, leadership, and resilience. Girls can build friction fires, learn wild edibles, engage in storytelling, gain wilderness skills, make trusting friendships, learn songs, and more!
  • Fridays weekly in Conway, MA. Oct -May. Girls 9-15.
  • Saturdays monthly in Montague, MA. Sept – Jun. 9:30-2:30. Girls 7-15.
  • Learn more.

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. Special thanks to Oak Meadow for donating $1000 in support of scholarships for Brattleboro-area homeschoolers.

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