Welcome to WilderSkills Year-round Adventures!
Year-round Access To Critical Outdoor Education Pathways. Modern Education’s Missing Piece!
‘For all of its benefits, the world of modern K-12 Education has left students stranded when it comes to the practical outdoor life experiences that empower children the connect with and understand the world at large, especially beyond the pavement. WilderSkills is Modern Education’s missing piece” – Ruth Bushman, Teacher
Students enrolling in WilderSkills Outdoor Adventure Academy gain year-round access to ongoing mentorship in the outdoors that fills the gap where current education models fall short. WilderSkills year-round programs allow children to experience unadulterated exploration and personal development time outdoors while being mentored by some of the finest outdoor survival guides, naturalists, and primitive living skills instructors in the United States!
- Ongoing Outdoor Skills & Adventure Apprenticeships Teaching Practical REAL WORLD skills that change the course of a life.
- Weekday Programs & Adventure Weekend Overnights.
- Customized Long-term Experiential Learning Project Pathways.
- Expanded Program Offerings For Ages 6-13.
“WilderSkills provides access to the natural world and expertly nurtures many fundamental aspects of what it takes to help children become well-balanced, skilled, and fundamentally happy human beings in a rapidly shifting modern environment.” – David Lee, Education Counselor
Wilderness Apprentices Develop REAL WORLD Skills:
Nature-literacy & outdoor skills competencies in:
- Wilderness First Aid
- Outdoor Cooking
- How To Research & Plan Outdoor Trips
- Plant Identification
- Wild Edibles Gathering & Preparation Techniques
- Traditional Hunting & Gathering Tool Construction & Methodologies
- Wilderness Emergency Response Protocols
- Traditional Living Crafts (Stone Tools, Pottery, Coal-burned Containers, Plant Cordage, Hide-Tanning, Animal Processing etc.)
- Back-country Navigation
- Fire Safety &Use Methodology
- Animal Tracking
- How to Have All-weather Outdoor Fun
- Adventure Hikes
Outdoor time with WilderSkills also fosters HIGH VALUE SOFT SKILLS such as: Unstructured problem-solving capabilities, Independence and self-regulating behavior development, Critical early development physical strength & coordination, Self-expression, AND HOW TO HAVE FUN OUTDOORS IN REAL NATURE.
WilderSkills courses take place in our beautiful private redwood grove in Saratoga, CA, just outside Saratoga village. We are roughly a 15-minute drive from the 85 Freeway exit onto Saratoga Blvd. Google Maps Location here.
Outdoor Adventure Academy Dates & Times:
WilderSkills Outdoor Adventure Academy takes place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays weekly (excluding select off-weeks), September through May. There are also Friday night campouts roughly once a month as outlined.
August:Program Kickoff Family Campout! 8/31
September: 18,19 + Apprentice Overnight Campout on Sept 28th
October: 2,3 / 16,17
November: 6,7 / 27,28 + Apprentice Overnight Campout on Nov 16th
December: 4,5 + + Apprentice Overnight Campout on Dec 14th
January: 15,16 / 29,30 + Campout Date TBD
February: 5,6 / + Campout Date TBD
*Optional WinterCount Primitive Skills Trip Week: Feb 11-15.
March: 5,6 / 26,27 + Campout Date TBD
April: 16,17 / 23,24 + Campout Date TBD
May: 7,8 / 23,24 + + Campout Date TBD
*Follows Saratoga Union School District Holiday Schedule.
During 9 months of the school year, your child will be attending 30+ outdoor adventure sessions (approx. 4/month + bonus Friday night campouts! (At least one parent/guardian must attend for overnight at no additional charge. Additional family members aside from required guardian may attend for $75 each.)
The early-bird monthly adventure fee is $226 (Roughly $68/session + Free Bonus Campout (Solo value $125)). Billing is setup to be recurring monthly for the nine months of courses. Billing is month-to-month and can be cancelled prior to the next month at any time.
Registration Now Open.
Only 15 spots Available per session.
Session Full? Want to wait-list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
12:30pm – 2:30pm Outdoor Apprentice Session 1 (Ages 6-13):
4:00pm – 6:00pm Outdoor Apprentice Session 2 (Ages 6-13):*Early Drop-off at 3:30pm OK. (No charge)