Alderleaf Wilderness College Blog

Listed below are new articles, classes, and recent updates to the Alderleaf Wilderness College website. Checking this page frequently is a great way to stay abreast of new information on our site!

Aug 24, 2016

King Bolete

Learn about the king bolete - a large, charismatic wild mushroom with a distinct appearance and incredible flavor.

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Aug 16, 2016

Media Coverage of Alderleaf Wilderness College

Press, Video, Radio, Blogs, and Social Media Coverage of Alderleaf Wilderness College

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Jul 27, 2016

Permaculture Principles

Permaculture principles lay the foundation for making permaculture design choices. Learn about the 12 core principles.

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Jun 29, 2016

Skull Identification

Learn how to get started with skull identification by understanding key parts of mammal skulls.

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May 27, 2016

Edible Bugs

Learn about which edible bugs can be an excellent food source in wilderness survival situations.

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Apr 29, 2016

Bamboo Propagation

Bamboo is one of the most useful plants in the world and bamboo propagation by cuttings can be an affordable way to establish a stand.

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Mar 24, 2016

Morel Mushrooms

Morel mushrooms are an elusive, exciting and distinctly delicious group of wild mushrooms. Learn to identify the choice edibles from the potentially deadly toxic look-alikes.

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Feb 24, 2016

Bird Identification

Learn key tools for bird identification including how shape, size, color and habitat can help you quickly identify species.

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Jan 28, 2016

How to Sharpen a Knife

Learn the core principles of how to sharpen a knife using a whetstone, the most key component to effective knife care.

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Jan 28, 2016

Custom Courses

Alderleaf can provide customized wilderness skills training or consulting for your group or project; including presentations, courses, and outdoor expertise. Learn more and see examples.

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Dec 29, 2015

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Learn about the edible, utilitarian, and cultural significance of the monkey puzzle tree, a plant useful to permaculturists and gardeners in cool, moist climates.

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Nov 25, 2015

Field Herpetology

The study of reptiles and amphibians in their natural setting is called "field herpetology." Learn about some of the most effective techniques for finding and observing herps.

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Nov 24, 2015

Reptile & Amphibian Tracking Course

Learn about the tracks & sign of reptiles & amphibians, a whole new area of wildlife tracking, from author, Filip Tkaczyk!

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Oct 30, 2015

Edible Seaweeds

Learn about several of the most common edible seaweeds in North America.

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Sep 24, 2015

Lobster Mushroom

Learn about the lobster mushroom, a strangely fascinating and tasty edible organism!

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Aug 26, 2015

Edible Wildflowers

Identification, Harvesting, Examples, and Cautions for Edible Wildflowers

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Aug 05, 2015

Position Announcements

Check out the latest job openings / position announcements at Alderleaf!

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Jul 22, 2015

Dakota Fire Hole

Learn about the Dakota fire hole, an ancient technique for building efficient, clean burning, and easily concealable fires.

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Jul 07, 2015

Book Project Connections

Learn about the various field guides and book projects that Alderleaf teachers, adjunct faculty, former staff, or guest instructors have been involved with.

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Jun 25, 2015

Wilderness Skills Camp: Summer Day Camps

Now your children can also experience Alderleaf's amazing wilderness education through our summer day camps!

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May 23, 2015

Course Highlights: March & April 2015

Here's some highlights from the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program in March and April 2015.

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May 23, 2015

Survival Fire Starters

Learn the pros and cons of the many options for survival fire starters.

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Apr 24, 2015

Bald Eagle Habitat

Learn how to recognize bald eagle habitat, including tracks and nests.

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Mar 17, 2015

Employer Testimonials

Alderleaf's core programs prepare students to apply their wilderness skills training to make a difference in the world. Hear what employers have to say about Alderleaf graduates they've hired.

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Feb 20, 2015

Course highlights: December-February 2015

Here are some highlights from the passed several winter months with the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program.

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Jan 14, 2015

Deer Hide Tanning

Learn how to braintan a hide. Deer hide tanning brings with it many benefits.

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Dec 23, 2014

Foraging for Wild Edibles: A Practical Approach

Have you ever been curious about foraging for wild edibles? Learn the basics to start harvesting plants on your own!

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Dec 23, 2014

Heating a Greenhouse Without Electricity

There are many creative ways to heating a greenhouse using natural, electricy-free means.

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Dec 19, 2014

Course Highlights: Two Night Wilderness Survival Trip December 2014

While the first trip dealt with chilly temperatures and rain, the second group of students had to tolerate downright cold temperatures.

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Dec 19, 2014

Course Highlights: Two Night Wilderness Survival Trip November 2014

We took to the woods for a 2 day/2 night survival trip with only the clothes on our back, our knives, canteens and some cordage. .

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Nov 17, 2014

Course Highlights: October-November 2014

Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program students continue their learning journeys while embarking on many adventures.

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Nov 06, 2014

Wild Edible Greens: Part of Every Meal

Some of the most commonly encountered, and potentially delicious wild foods are wild edible greens.

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Oct 21, 2014

Bow Drill Fire in the Pacific Northwest

They say that if you can succeed with a bow drill fire in the winter months in the Pacific Northwest, then you can succeed at it almost anywhere else in the world.

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Oct 17, 2014

Survival Plants: Essential Survival Tools

Survival plants are found everywhere. Getting to know your local wild plants can help spice up your lunch and literally save your life!

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Oct 14, 2014

Course Highlights - September-October 2014

It’s been a busy, fun-filled start to the fall season here at Alderleaf Wilderness College. We have another school-year of classes in full swing showcasing a variety of wilderness skills.

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Sep 03, 2014

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

Beautiful and medicinal, turkey tail mushrooms are a great wild mushroom species to become familiar with.

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Aug 20, 2014

Finding Quality Tracking Instructors

Learn about what to look for when seeking quality tracking instructors.

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Aug 13, 2014

Wilderness Survial Weekend Course August 2014

This August's two-day survival course, taught by Jeremy Williams (assisted by apprentice Bernard van der Weerdt) was a great opportunity to learn (and practice) relevant survival skills.

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Aug 01, 2014

Survival Water Purification

One of the most imporant wilderness survival skills is survival water purification.

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Jul 29, 2014

Survival Shows: Entertainment vs Reality

There's often a discrepancy between how a survival situation is portrayed by survival shows and how a real survival situation actually unfolds.

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Jul 22, 2014

Summer Courses July 2014

Our shorter summer classes give folks a chance to get outdoors and learn the wilderness skills we know and love.

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Jun 24, 2014

Facts about Amphibians

Here are some crazy facts about amphibians you might not know.

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Jun 17, 2014

Graduation: AWCP 2014

The Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program of 2014 has finally come an end.

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Jun 17, 2014

Survival Week: AWCP Week 32 2014

Students experiences 4 days and 4 nights of total immersion in wilderness survival.

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May 29, 2014

How to Grow a Garden: Using Natural Systems

There are many approaches on how to grow a garden, and here I will share with you one approach based in the ideas of permaculture.

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May 23, 2014

AWCP Career Day 2014

Students in the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program met with Alderleaf alumni and others working in nature-based careers at our career preparation / alumni class day.

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May 23, 2014

Stinging Nettle Tea and Infusions

Learn about the health benefits and how to make stinging nettle tea and infusions.

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May 09, 2014

Tracking Evaluations: AWCP Week 27 - 2014

Students in our Wilderness Certification Program participated in an official Track & Sign Evaluation this week.

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Apr 25, 2014

Permaculture Strategies: Week 26 2014

Here are some highlights from week 26 of the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program in 2014.

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