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.

School-Year 2016-17  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. 

Full Moon Girls

  • October through May. Tuesdays weekly in southern VT (Ages 10-14)
  • September through May. Saturdays monthly in Montague, MA (Ages 7-16)

A new Tuesday Full Moon Girls program in Dummerston VT starts up October 25! Join our girls in woodland adventures, learn practical crafts, and forge friendships thru play. Do what you love and immerse in the teeming wonders of nature. Here we build friction fires, harvest wild edibles, and climb trees! Embrace your aliveness in this village of girls, guided by women mentors. Contact FullMoonGirlsInfo@gmail.com to learn about joining the program this year.

Fall to Spring, 2016-17  Programs for Adults

Essentials for Resilient Community

Looking for opportunities to develop your skills as a mentor and community builder? This seven-month workshop series is a great opportunity to develop your skills and go deeper with the Art of Mentoring.  Amy Hyatt will be your facilitator and guide through a variety of themes ranging from “Mentoring, Learning & Human Development” to “Peacemaking and Restorative Relationships.”  You can sign up for the full seven-Month Series or for individual weekends (pending open spaces).  Starts with the November 5-6, 2016 weekendApply now for 2016-2017 Series and reserve the dates on your calendar!  Discount on full 7-Weekends if you enroll by October 1, 2016.  Financial Aid available including assistance with housing and travel.

VWS Bird Language Club* New Program* – Next meetings this Sunday, September 18.  Brattleboro, VT.

Bird Language is an approach to studying the calls, postures, and other behaviors of birds that leads the attentive, trained observer to deduce the location of predators and other forces on the landscape. The VWS Bird Language Club is an open community of learning for birders and trackers of all experience levels and will take place during a series of meetings this year.

Kamana Nature Study Group starting at Wolftree Programs 

The Kamana Naturalist Training Program is a home study course designed by Jon Young to help you develop a deep knowledge of and connection to nature. A small group of adults is forming, with the intention of completing the first 2 workbooks of the 4-book Kamana course.  We’ll meet in Montague Massachusetts, Thursdays from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, over 30 weeks from September 2016 to June 2017.  Neill Bovaird, founder of Wolftree Programs, will join the group one day a month to provide teaching and guidance, and other guest teachers may also be added.  If you are interested in joining the group, contact sam@vermontwildernessschool.org.

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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