Canoe Paddling Weekend Wraps Up

Spent this weekend running our canoe paddling weekend intensive, and had a blast. We got the chance to paddle some interesting parts of the southern Vermont waterways, as well as talk in depth about scouting canoe routes for long term trips. It’s always fun to find new places to put a boat in the water,Continue reading “Canoe Paddling Weekend Wraps Up”

Paddling Pathways, By Bob Henderson And Sean Blenkinsop; A Tonic For The Over Adventured Soul

“To Be Out Is Enough” I returned from an Allagash trip last week to the arrival of a book. This is always a happy occasion, but the timing of delivery for this one in particular seemed to have been ordained by something larger, or maybe I was just looking for the connection after our timeContinue reading “Paddling Pathways, By Bob Henderson And Sean Blenkinsop; A Tonic For The Over Adventured Soul”

2021-22 Year Long Friluftsliv Program Comes To An End With Final Canoe Trip On The Allagash River

Another year long immersion program comes to an end. We spent the last week out on the allagash river with the students from this years friluftsliv immersion program. Final culminating trips are different for every group, and that’s always the exciting part for me. The experience of taking what we’ve learned out on the trailContinue reading “2021-22 Year Long Friluftsliv Program Comes To An End With Final Canoe Trip On The Allagash River”

Heading To Maine For The Final Trip Of The Year Long Friluftsliv Program

Packing up today for our final trip of the year-long Friluftsliv program. We’ll be heading up to the allagash wilderness waterway (with a short detour to visit the @jmbushcraft field school). Students will get the chance to live on the trail with everything they’ve learned over the last year. Lots of opportunities to pole, beautifulContinue reading “Heading To Maine For The Final Trip Of The Year Long Friluftsliv Program”

Family Bushcraft Week Is Underway At SOTf

We’re right in the middle of our family bushcraft week here at school of forest. We’ve been having a great time with it. Yesterday was not only the solstice but the fourth birthday of one of the little ones on the program. So we spent yesterday learning a bunch of ecology and wood skills andContinue reading “Family Bushcraft Week Is Underway At SOTf”

Trash, Turtles And Tragedy

I don’t usually get very preachy about conservation and leave no trace style practices. I think after all these years of being an outdoor educator, I’d rather instill a sense of understanding and fascination that builds up a respect for the natural world in people. If you respect and enjoy something, there’s a tendency toContinue reading “Trash, Turtles And Tragedy”

Nine Week Spring Semester Begins In Northern Maine

Jumped right in to learning how to tie snowshoe bindings and get used to being on snowshoes yesterday on the first day of the spring 2022 semester here at Jack Mountain. Still a lot of snow on the ground and more in the woods, so students will be on snowshoes for a bit while everythingContinue reading “Nine Week Spring Semester Begins In Northern Maine”

Getting On The Water For The First Time In 2022 With An Original EM White 20 Foot Guide Canoe

Really excited for open water, and looking forward to the friluftsliv program students getting their first round of canoe instruction this weekend. Went out to one of our local haunts here in Guilford, a little lake that’s perfect for students to get their first taste of paddling a canoe. Wanted to check to make sureContinue reading “Getting On The Water For The First Time In 2022 With An Original EM White 20 Foot Guide Canoe”

Weaving Pack Baskets On The 2021-22 Friluftsliv Immersion Program

Great weekend on the friluftsliv program. Let me introduce you to “Lola”, the very curvaceous basket made by Cindy, one of the students on this years program. I’ve taught pack basket making a couple of different ways, both on a mold and without one, And after this session I’m starting to lean towards always lettingContinue reading “Weaving Pack Baskets On The 2021-22 Friluftsliv Immersion Program”

Registration For The Family Bushcraft Week 2022 Is Almost Full

One of our most popular courses each year is the family bushcraft week, and as usual it gets booked up pretty quickly. We’ve got two spots remaining for this year, so if you and your family are thinking about joining us for this years session register soon. The Family Bushcraft week is a low-key variationContinue reading “Registration For The Family Bushcraft Week 2022 Is Almost Full”