Bushcraft, Guide Training And Wilderness Living Skills For All Ages And Skill Levels


At School Of The Forest, we aim to 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.

The Friluftsliv Forest Program

Long Term Immersion Course, At Your Own Pace

This minidocumentary walks through the 2020-2021 Friluftsliv Forest Program students’ experience as they prepare for, and participate in their “halfway point” culminating exercise. Students on the FFP take part in a winter overnight, with only a fire and shelter they’ve built to stay warm.

Through a partnership program with Jack Mountain Bushcraft School, we offer a year-long immersion program made up of four separate seasonal “sessions” centering around one weekend a month visits to SOTF’s Campus in southern Vermont, and culminating with two weeks at the JMB field school in northern Maine.

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Family Bushcraft Week

Family Outdoor Educational Experiences


A quick video from a feature article on our family bushcraft week program in the Brattleboro Reformer. You can read the whole article at the link below

“Learning things by getting lost in the Guilford woods”

Looking for something a little different for your family vacation? School Of The Forest is excited to bring back this old favorite from the Jack Mountain folk school. This new iteration will take place at the SOTF campus in Southern VT

A low-key variation of the Jack Mountain “Woodsman” course designed as a fun family camping and learning experience. We’ll spend the week at the field school learning the skills of bushcraft and survival, as well as learning about the local ecology in the form of edible wild plants, tracks and signs, reading the weather, and the stars and night sky. In addition to the time spent learning, we’ll also make time for swimming, cooking over the fire, and enjoying the pleasures of a simple, outdoor life.

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