Upcoming Programs for Adults

The Art of Mentoring – Registration is now open!

  • August 28 – September 2, 2017
  • Ages 0 – 99
  • At Farm & Wilderness Camp, Plymouth, VT

The Art of Mentoring is designed to help us remember ancient ways of awareness and mentoring and learn to apply them to our modern communities. This all-ages, six-day experiential, nature-based training is facilitated by a veteran leadership team.  Over 70 staff members from around the US support the experience of the 120 registered participants.

“The Vermont Art of Mentoring is a powerful, life-altering experience, somehow wrapped into one short week.”
– AoM 2015 Participant

If you’ve never hunted and want to learn— or if you have hunted, but want a different approach— here is a rare opportunity.  Bob is a longtime VWS instructor, and passionate hunter.  By the end of this 6-weekend apprenticeship, you will be prepared to take up hunting on your own.

Only 6 slots!  Apply early.

School-Year 2017-18  Programs for Youth

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.

Oyase Community School
Ages 7-15
October through May (includes a Spring Equinox overnight). Thursdays, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm, Dummerston, VT

Join us for our 17th 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.

Youth Summer Camps  (Grab the last few slots now!)


Earthfriend Discovery Day Camp
Ages 7-12

Williamsville, VT

$215 – $290 (sliding scale, and there is a discount for attending both weeks)

  • Jul 31 — Aug 4
  • Aug 7 — Aug 11


Otter Day Camp
Ages 7-12

Otter Camp is one of our longest-running programs, and is a mainstay of the early summer in Brattleboro.

  • Week 1: Jun 19 – Jun 23  FULL, with waitlist.
  • Week 2: Jun 26 – Jun 30 FULL, with waitlist.
  • Week 3: Jul 3 – Jul 7  FULL, with short waitlist.
  • Week 4: Jul 10 – Jul 14 FULL, with short waitlist.



Wilderness Camp at the Hartsbrook School
Ages 11 (rising 7th graders) and up

Longtime VWS instructors Dhyana Miller and Felix Lufkin are bringing this exciting new camp program to the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA.

  • Week 1: Jul 10 – Jul 14
  • Week 2: Jul 17 – Jul 21
  • Week 3: Jul 24 – Jul 28


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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