Alderleaf Wilderness College is a wilderness survival school and nature education center. The school offers a variety of wilderness survival classes as part of its nature skills curriculum which includes wild edible & medicinal plants, wildlife tracking, permaculture & sustainable living, and outdoor leadership. Alderleaf teaches both primitive and modern wilderness survival skills that empower people to be prepared and at home in the outdoors.
Current wilderness survival school classes include:
The Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program
Our most comprehensive survival training program, covering all aspects of wilderness skills, from herbal medicine to wildlife tracking and outdoor leadership. Runs Sept-May.
Wilderness Survival Series
Participate in six exciting back-to-back weekends of in-depth wilderness survival skills training.
Wilderness Survival Skills Intensive: 5-Day Course
Spend five full days immersed in studying outdoor survival skills! Detailed instruction and ample hands-on experience with shelters, primitive fire, wild edibles, and much more.
Wilderness Survival Course: Weekend Class
Gain hands-on experience learning the primary skills of wilderness survival in a fun and informative weekend class.
Survival Stone Tools Class
Learn how to turn common river stones into a variety of survival tools from knives to arrowheads and axes.
Wooden Bow Making Course
Learn how to make a wooden long bow. Build and take home a bow, an arrow, and the skills to make more!
Survival Knots, Cordage, & Lashings Class
Learn how to make cordage and the most useful knots and lashings for wilderness survival shelters, snares, baskets, nets, repairs, and rescues.
Survival Trapping & Tracking Class
Learn primitive trapping and tracking techniques for emergency survival situations including safety, ethics, placement, and construction.
Wilderness Orienteering & Navigation Class
Learn how to use map & compass, as well as aid-less navigation techniques, for traveling on and off-trail in the outdoors.
Survival Nature Awareness Class
Learn nature awareness skills for survival, including bird language, wildlife tracking, stealth, observation, and camouflage.
Survival Fire Making Skills Class
Learn how to create fire with natural materials! Gain hands-on experience with bow drill, hand drill, and flint & steel. Build a bow drill kit to take home.
Evening Presentations on Wilderness Survival
Learn key survival concepts in this two-hour powerpoint slideshow presentation on outdoor survival. Offered at various locations in the Northwest. Contact us to schedule an evening presentation.