Alderleaf Wilderness College is a nature education and wilderness survival school (and publisher of the bestselling book, The Essential Skills of Wilderness Survival).
Alderleaf offers courses on wilderness survival, permaculture & sustainable living skills, wild edible & medicinal plants, wildlife tracking, and outdoor leadership in the Pacific Northwest. Led by a staff of experienced instructors, our wilderness courses provide you with valuable nature skills.
Alderleaf offers a variety of classes, presentations, and programs of varying lengths. You can participate in day-long, weekend, week-long, customized, online, or extended programs. Core fields of study include:
Whether its animal tracking applied to wildlife management,
survival skills for natural disaster preparedness, or wild
medicinal plants for basic home health care,
wilderness wisdom provides solutions for many modern environmental
To learn more about Alderleaf, visit the following pages:
Faculty and Guest Instructors at Alderleaf
Our Campus: Alderleaf Farm (watch the video virtual tour!)
Alumni of Alderleaf Wilderness College
Media Coverage of Alderleaf Wilderness College
Alderleaf Wilderness College Reviews
Support Alderleaf Wilderness College
Employment at Alderleaf
The Alderleaf Store
Articles written by Alderleaf Staff
Field Guide and Book Project Connections
Frequently Asked Questions
Current and Past Affiliations:
Alderleaf's AWCP and AWSP are licensed vocational programs by the
WA State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB).
Undergraduate credits are available to AWCP and AWSP students through our partnership with the Extended Studies Department at Western Colorado University.
From 2009 to 2019, selected programs of study (AWCP and AWSP) were approved by the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10 (including most chapters of the GI Bill®). Please note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at: https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Alderleaf Wilderness College was authorized under federal law by the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enroll non-immigrant alien students (international students/non-US citizens) in AWCP and AWSP through the student visa process, from 2009 through 2019.
Alderleaf Wilderness College was a member of the
Northwest Career Colleges Federation (NWCCF) from 2008 through 2019.
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Our New Book (and Best Seller!)
The Essential Skills of Wilderness Survival
This beautifully-organized, 164-page survival guide shows you our systematic approach to survival that will increase your confidence in the outdoors and teach you exactly what to do, and in what order, if you find yourself in a survival situation.