The opportunity to learn and play in nature is a right, not a privilege. Yet for thousands of young people in our region, time spent outside is at an all-time low. The Vermont Wilderness School’s nature connection programs are extremely popular, and we want to ensure that every child can attend, regardless of their family’s economic situation.
Join us from 3 – 8 pm on October 15 as we FILL THE VWS SCHOLARSHIP FUND, and have fun doing it! An all-ages affair.
- For the Adults: Join us from 3:00 – 5:30 pm for a “guided wander” along the West River. Our famous VWS senior instructors Amy Hyatt and Bob Etzweiler will give you a taste of what kids get to do in our youth programs. (Babies/toddlers-in-arms invited to join the adults on this walk.) Limited to 14 people, RSVP when you buy your event tickets.
- For the Kids: From 3:00 – 5:30 pm VWS instructors will host games and activities (for kids ages 3+).
- For Everyone: 5:30 – 8:00 pm Dinner & live music around the fire – Provided by our amazingly generous party hosts Olivia & Chuck DeWolfe. Hear from kids, parents, and VWS staff about what we’re up to this year!
Upcoming Programs for Adults
The Essentials of Resilient Community program, offered by Vermont Wilderness School and Amy Hyatt, takes you deeper into the practices and teachings of the Art of Mentoring, supporting you to grow as a mentor, leader, cultural creative, and designer of regenerative, resilient community – whether on a family, neighborhood, or regional scale.
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
Wild Turkeys (New This Fall!!)
October through May. Monthly on Saturdays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Dummerston, VT
Wild Turkeys is a three-season nature connection program for adventurous kids with a passion for the arts of wilderness living. Our instructors have stories, skills, and songs to share, challenges for those who are ready, and games to keep the group alive and wild! We are guided by the combined passions of the youth and the instructors, the seasons and weather, and the unique magic that each day has to offer.
Foxwalk Forest School
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
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.
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.