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!
Learn what to do for different types of bear attacks, as well as preventative measures. Bear awareness and knowledge helps ensure your time in the outdoors is well spent and safe.
Learn about 15 helpful permaculture plants that will serve you well whether you are planning to start a garden, landscaping around your property, or going all out on a sustainable homestead design.
Learn about what graduates have done after attending the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program.
Learn about the Ten Essential Systems for a survival gear checklist that can make the difference in surviving a challenging outdoor situation.
Check out some of the seaweed recipes we share with students in our core programs when we teach about wild edible seaweeds on our marine ecology field trips to the coast.
Learn how to make an atlatl - an ancient survival projectile weapon for hunting and sport that pre-dates the bow & arrow.
Join us for a free, family-friendly event to get a taste of what we offer at Alderleaf! Demonstrations and activities are led by our Advanced Wilderness Skills Program students.
Herbalists use stinging nettle for hair and other scalp-related issues. Learn how to make your own nettle remedies for hair.
A solar oven is a unique and fun way to cook food by converting free sunlight into heat energy. It can be especially useful for emergencies, off-grid homesteading, and permaculture plans.
Check out the latest job openings / position announcements at Alderleaf!
The Mora Knife, such as the Companion or Bushcraft models, is an excellent tool for survival and bushcraft. Learn about the qualities to consider in choosing good outdoor knives.
Our top ten common medicinal plants list for North America - great species to get to know as a starting point towards making your own remedies.
Learn how to identify wolverine tracks & sign and other fascinating information about this elusive carnivore.
Autumn olive is a shrub the straddles the line between multi-use permaculture plant and problematic invasive.
Learn how to make a hand drill fire, one of the most elemental ways to start a fire.
Learn about the edible and medicinal uses of the common burdock plant.
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.
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!