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!
Birch beer is an unique gourmet beverage, similar to root beer. This birch beer recipe can be made at home.
Learn to identify animal tracks & sign while exploring habitats of the northwest through our Wildlife Tracking Walks.
Learn to identify wild plants and recognize edible, medicinal, & craft uses at these seasonal wild plant walk classes.
Make your own moccasin style leather shoes or a leather backpack in this leatherworking course.
Here are some great wild mushroom recipes to take your wild delicacies to a new level of culinary delight.
Learn the different techniques of how to dry herbs including for specific parts such flowers, leaves, bark, and roots.
Common camas is a versatile plant with a long history of use by native people throughout the northwestern United States.
Learn about how to make a camping food list and gain great meal ideas for your next outdoor adventure.
A knife can be the most important survival tool in your kit. Learn how to choose the best bushcraft knife for your needs.
Paracord, or parachute cord, is one of the most useful pieces of survival gear. Learn about its properties and uses.
Learn how to differentiate dog tracks from other animal tracks, such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, and cougars.
Learn about the tools and steps of how to make maple syrup - an exciting sustainable living skill.
Wildlife trackers work as researchers, field technicians, rangers, and biologists all over the world. Learn how to get the wildlife tracker training needed for starting a wildlife career.
Permaculture Education - Train to Become a Permaculturist. Earn Certificates in Permaculture Design and More.
Home cheese making is easy and with some basic knowledge and minimal equipment you’ll be started in no time! It’s also a skill set that increases your capacity for self-sufficiency and sustainable permaculture lifestyles.
Learn how to locate fresh animal sign; follow the tracks and subtle clues, and find the animal, approaching without alerting them at this Wildlife Trailing Course.
Learn wilderness survival and wildlife tracking skills specifically applicable to hunting. Survival skills are key for backcountry hunts, while wildlife tracking skills allow you to find game more efficiently.
Learn the basics of how to grow your own mushrooms - both wild and popular culinary varieties - such as shiitake, stropharia, and oyster mushrooms - at our Intro to Mushroom Cultivation Class.
Learn how to build an atlatl, bola, rabbit stick, sling, and quickie survival bow at the Primitive Hunting Tools Course.
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.
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.