Transform your experience with the outdoors! Learn the core skills of survival - shelter, water, fire, and food - in a format that allows you to participate at home and at your own pace - with the Essential Wilderness Survival Skills (EWSS) online course.
Become competent in taking care of your survival needs in the wilderness. See the outdoors with new eyes – such as which plants you can eat and what trees can be turned into a fire kit.
Come away with practical life-saving skills, a deeper relationship with nature, greater confidence, and resources to share with your family & friends for fun and in emergencies.
In this course you will:
Throughout the course we guide you through each skill step-by-step with videos in each module and accompanying handout booklets. Core concepts are emphasized and reviewed, with options to explore additional related skills.
Take advantage of our years of experience teaching thousands of students to accelerate your own learning!
You can complete the EWSS in as short as a weekend (as a crash course), though most spread it out over a few weeks. There are no tests and no homework (other than suggested projects). We've designed the course to be fun and empowering!
Once you join, you'll have access the course materials for two years.
Testimonials about Alderleaf:
"I recently completed the online Essential Wilderness Survival Skills course. It is a very nice introductory course for anyone interested in learning wilderness survival skills and also provides resources to further ones study beyond this class. It is apparent that the instructors are knowledgeable and have practical experience in the skills presented. It includes lessons covering a basic introduction, shelter, fire, water, useful plants, food, navigation and survival kits. It provides a basic understanding of the skills needed to survive a couple unexpected nights in the woods and is very applicable for anyone who spends recreational time in the outdoors including hikers, campers, hunters, etc. The program is designed to demonstrate a skill through the videos and handouts with the expectation that the student then go out and perform the skill independently. By following their program you address each skill needed in a survival situation in the order of importance with explanation as to why that particular need should be addressed in its respective order. They proved to be readily available with very quick responses to questions or comments and it was an absolute pleasure to talk with them. I would recommend it for anyone who is trying to get started in wilderness survival skills but find it difficult to attend a hands on class. There is no question that learning skills in the woods with a qualified instructor is the standard but for those with a busy life or without access to a local instructor this is absolutely a good place to start. I have not taken any of their on site courses but based on my experience I would love to have the opportunity to visit their school someday!! Thank you!"
"I have found a higher wealth of knowledge at Alderleaf than I find at most survival websites. Their newsletters are very informative, their courses thorough, and their attitudes fun and cheerful! Anybody striving to live not off the land, but with the land, should highly consider Alderleaf Wilderness College."
"If you want to learn about wilderness survival and primitive skills from extremely knowledgeable instructors, Alderleaf Wilderness College is for you. I learned more than I ever thought possible at their classes."
"The Alderleaf website for survival training is the best one I have ever found."
"Alderleaf Wilderness College is outstanding at developing and delivering wilderness skills programs, providing both a deep level of knowledge and context for the teachings."
"Alderleaf Wilderness College teaches many survival skills which can be used in an unexpected survival situation or even applied to a more basic personal/earth interaction lifestyle. The subject matter is always presented with respect for our planet and all of it's resources and with all of the necessary precautions to avoid dangerous errors in pursuing these skills. Beyond the wealth of knowledge available through these teachings is the overall mindset that this knowledge comes packaged in. Their perspective opens a "new", for many people, relationship to the natural world, which is enriching to the soul beyond description. This fundamental connection to our world is something that is missing in the lives of many people. With the knowledge, skills and philosophy available from Alderleaf, we as a species can replace a vital missing link to our sense of place in the universe and our environment. This sense of belonging with the world around us is a gift to the soul that everyone should experience."