Alderleaf Wilderness College is a nature education and wilderness survival school. 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:
Our flagship course, the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program (AWCP), prepares you for a variety of outdoor careers in environmental education, field research, and sustainable living. Graduates receive a Certificate in Wilderness Skills Education & Ecology. Certification program students also have the option to receive undergraduate college credits.
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 challenges.
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
Alderleaf Wilderness College is a member of the
Northwest Career Colleges Federation (NWCCF).
Alderleaf is licensed as a vocational school by the
WA State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB).
Selected programs of study (AWCP and AWSP) have been 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 is 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.
Undergraduate credits are available to AWCP and AWSP students through our partnership with the Extended Studies Department at
Western Colorado University.