Wilderness Skills Institute, LLC is a polytechnic educational institute using proven research in how the brain makes robust connections, guiding the students in learning how to learn in a most efficient manner. Wilderness Skills Institute mentors treat each student as an individual encouraging them to go deep in the subjects that they have a passion for, introducing them to subjects that spur enthusiasm to most youth, and using those subjects as the vehicle to learn math, science, reading, writing, etc. in an environment that is proven to make people happy and successful.
Wilderness Skills Institute's Day and Resident K-12 School has dramatically changed the paradigm in education with a new way of developing and delivering content and measuring success. Our students learn the same subjects they would in traditional schools: math, science, English, etc. The difference is our students learn these as tools to study what they're passionate about, in a manner that is aligned with how they truly learn. In the wilderness 6 hours per day, 4 to 5 days of the week for 170 days our students become deeply connected to nature as well as developing grit.Visit our school page
Our Wilderness Camps and Special Events are intensive total immersion wilderness experiences intended to make youth confident and self-reliant in the wilderness. These camps provide experience to students that cannot attend our school as well as a co-curricular experience for our own students.Visit our camp page
This is the flagship of our adult programs with over 100 camps/workshops starting from the most basic of survival skills to mastery in a broad range of topics pertinent not only intended for those interested in recreation in the wilderness but for those that would like to live, or work off the grid. Most are offered as 2 ½ day sessions, some are a week and some longer.
This series includes sessions pertinent only to women as well as ladies only participation in many of same classes offered above in the In the Wilderness Series.
Coming soon: This series is for those that want to learn the skills to provide themselves food, fiber, building material, and firewood from their own land.
Many of the classes we offer are also available as instructor certifications.
We offer both Hunter Education and Bow Hunter certifications in both Oregon and California.Read More
Coming Soon: returning combat vets and their families can enroll in all the services that Wilderness Skills Institute provides, as well guidance in healing soul injury.
Wilderness Skills Institute is now training caregivers in healing the soul injury of un-mourned loss and un-forgiven shame common in many, but not limited to, returning veterans, law enforcement, medical services.
Therapy Dog Visits: Our K9s are certified through Therapy Dogs International. Dolly and Taft both love visiting with the kids while reading, visiting with Hospice patients and their families, as well as senior living centers. Our visits put smiles on faces and wags on tails.Contact us for more information
“This is great, it is like watching a bunch of post grad students collaborating but they are 10 - 15."
(The summary of a teacher shadowing one of our mentors.)