Outdoor Education, Certifications and Skill Development
Wilderness leadership training, survival and primitive skills development programs for kids, groups and individuals are listed here. There are a variety of outdoor leadership programs in and around Vermont. Take your time and talk to the instructors until you are confident that you will receive the instruction that you need.
Leadership and Survival Training
Hulbert Outdoor Center
Established in 1978, Hulbert Outdoor Center is a non-profit educational institution that serves 7,000 participants annually through programs designed to foster personal growth, self-reliance, confidence, cooperation, and a sense of community in people of all ages.
Kevin Estela Wilderness Education
Estela Wilderness Education offers customized instruction in all aspects of bushcraft, survival and preparedness training. Courses can include: Survival psychology and awareness training, Survival kits, Navigation Skills, Firecraft, Sheltercraft, Water Collection, -Signaling, Cordage, Trapping, hunting, fishing and more.
Kroka Expeditions is a non-profit wilderness expedition school based on a year-round, organic farm in Marlow, New Hampshire. We believe that consciousness and altruistic will can be brought forward through a living relationship with the natural world and by taking our places within the circle of community.
Mountainsong Expeditions provides programs in Archery, Survival Skills, The Sacred Hunt, and more. They also offer Street Medic Training, Traditional Ax Skills, Wildlife Tracking, Wilderness Canoe Trips, Hide Tanning Workshops and Tools & Skills for Navigating the Forest.
ROOTS School LLC
Engage with Your Landscape, Grow Your Wilderness Skills and Craft a Handmade Life. Roots School offers classes to meet varied levels of skill and intensity, from beginner to expert, youth to adult. We offer limited class sizes, hands on learning, and highly experienced instructors. Roots is where you can build solid skills, connections to the world around you, and confidence and strength within.
School Of The Forest
Bushcraft, Guide Training And Wilderness Living Skills For All Ages And Skill Levels. We offer an environment in which young people and adults can learn outdoor skills that they can use for a lifetime. Not only the basics of outdoor living but practical skills that can be applied to everyday life. Hands-on, outdoor-oriented education is a vital part of life that in recent years has been moved to the realm of “recreation”. In our programs, we hope to offer kids a chance to learn hands-on activities and skills that are not only enjoyable but also create a greater understanding of themselves and the world they live in.
SERE Training School
Based in Colorado, SERE Training School provides world-wide outdoor survival training and consulting services to Civilians, Outdoor Professionals, Media Organizations, and Active-Duty Military Personnel using our signature brand of highly-specialized wilderness and hostile environment survival training techniques and experiences.
Vermont Adventure Tours
Vermont Adventure Tours offers courses in Primitive Living, Survival, Wilderness Medicine Certification, Intro to Mountaineering, Winter Living, Cold Weather Survival, Orienteering & Land Navigation, Leave No Trace: Trainer Certification. Winter programs include Intro Ice Climbing, Advanced Ice Climbing, Snowshoe Tours, Winter Hikes, Winter Camping and Cold Weather Survival Skills.
Zoar Outdoor Center
Charlemont, MA. & Wilmington, VT.
Zoar Outdoor offers ACA Instructor Certification in the disciplines of River Kayak, River Canoe, Swiftwater Rescue, and Stand-Up Paddle Board. Zoar Outdoor also offers Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification courses for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts.
College Outing Clubs