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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.

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.

Maine Lynx Tracking Expedition

  • For Adults.  Tracking experience not required.
  • Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20.
  • Register by Dec 15 and save $25. Only three slots remain, so register soon!

Our popular winter long weekend on the trail of one of the most elusive carnivores of the Northeast. The Canada Lynx is built for deep snows, long winters, and big wilderness – all found in the vast lands of Northern Maine.  Evenings are spent around the fire in our cabins, where we’ll share meals and stories of the day.

The Art of Mentoring

  • Ages 0 – 99
  • At Farm & Wilderness Camp, Plymouth, VT
  • SAVE THE DATE: August 28 – September 2, 2017
  • 2017 Registration opens in February

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 50 staff members from around the US support the experience of the 100 registered participants.

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

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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