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Learn about the three species of garter snakes that occur in Western Washington.
Learn about the fire piston - a tool for fire starting that has prehistoric origins and is still in use today because of its effectiveness and portability.
Get the Skills to Be a Wilderness Survival Instructor through the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program.
Learn about stinging nettle - a wild food, natural garden fertilizer, strong fiber, and more...
Learn about the basics of human tracking - one of the oldest skills on earth, which continues to be used for search & rescue, law enforcement, and military purposes.
Check out the latest job openings / position announcements at Alderleaf!
Learn the core skills of wilderness survival - shelter, water, fire, food, & more - in this online survival course.
Learning how to raise chickens is a simple way to become more self sufficient. Learn all the essentials for getting started.
This human tracking course teaches tracking skills as applied to detecting, interpreting, preserving and following sign of the passage of humans, be they lost, missing or evasive.
One of the most vital pieces of life-saving outdoor gear is survival clothing - clothing that performs well in the wilderness. Learn about specific types and principles of effective outdoor clothing.
Information on the edible, medicinal, and survival uses of cattail; plus step-by-step instructions on plaited cattail basket making.
Learn about canning, small animal systems, creating new things from old, useful wild plants, fermented foods and more in this packed weekend introduction to basic homesteading skills course.
Learn about the black walnut tree, an incredibly valuable tree for food, wildlife habitat, specialty lumber, and as a versatile addition to permaculture systems.
Learn axe design, basic metallurgy, tooling, forging, heat treating, and hafting a handle while you produce a small backcountry axe to take home at this axe forging course.
Learn the key elements of how to make a fire successfully in the wilderness, including site selection, preparation, materials, design, mental attitude, safety & ethics, and how to practice.
Learn about the king bolete - a large, charismatic wild mushroom with a distinct appearance and incredible flavor.
Press, Video, Radio, Blogs, and Social Media Coverage of Alderleaf Wilderness College
Permaculture principles lay the foundation for making permaculture design choices. Learn about the 12 core principles.
Learn how to get started with skull identification by understanding key parts of mammal skulls.
Learn about which edible bugs can be an excellent food source in wilderness survival situations.
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.
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.
Learn key tools for bird identification including how shape, size, color and habitat can help you quickly identify species.
Learn the core principles of how to sharpen a knife using a whetstone, the most key component to effective knife care.
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.
Learn about the edible, utilitarian, and cultural significance of the monkey puzzle tree, a plant useful to permaculturists and gardeners in cool, moist climates.
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.
Learn about the tracks & sign of reptiles & amphibians, a whole new area of wildlife tracking, from author, Filip Tkaczyk!
Learn about several of the most common edible seaweeds in North America.
Learn about the lobster mushroom, a strangely fascinating and tasty edible organism!
Identification, Harvesting, Examples, and Cautions for Edible Wildflowers
Learn about the Dakota fire hole, an ancient technique for building efficient, clean burning, and easily concealable fires.
Learn about the various field guides and book projects that Alderleaf teachers, adjunct faculty, former staff, or guest instructors have been involved with.
Now your children can also experience Alderleaf's amazing wilderness education through our summer day camps!
Here's some highlights from the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program in March and April 2015.
Learn the pros and cons of the many options for survival fire starters.
Learn how to recognize bald eagle habitat, including tracks and nests.
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.
Here are some highlights from the passed several winter months with the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program.
Learn how to braintan a hide. Deer hide tanning brings with it many benefits.
Have you ever been curious about foraging for wild edibles? Learn the basics to start harvesting plants on your own!
There are many creative ways to heating a greenhouse using natural, electricy-free means.
While the first trip dealt with chilly temperatures and rain, the second group of students had to tolerate downright cold temperatures.
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. .
Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program students continue their learning journeys while embarking on many adventures.
Some of the most commonly encountered, and potentially delicious wild foods are wild edible greens.
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.
Survival plants are found everywhere. Getting to know your local wild plants can help spice up your lunch and literally save your life!
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.