Mission Statement


At School Of The Forest we aim to offer an environment in which children and young 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. Outdoor 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.

Our educational approach revolves around the phrase “Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus”, loosely translated as “we do not learn for school, but for life”. So much of modern education exists inside a vacuum, and has no application to the day to day lives of modern youth. We want to provide programs in which students gain an in depth understanding of themselves mentally, physically and how they fit into the natural world. We believe that once these tenets are grasped through daily outdoor living, the world and it’s day to day problems become much easier to cope with. 

Our Sites
· JMB Field School – Long-Term Immersion: Semester & Expedition Programs
· JMB Trips – Classic Wilderness Guiding By Canoe & Snowshoe
· JMB Folk School – Short Courses, Crafts & Lodge-Based Programs
· School Of The Forest – Teen & Youth Programs
· JM Outfitters – Gear From The World’s Smallest Outfitter

Our Blog
Our media hub, home to our articles, videos, podcast, photos and updates, going back to 2006.
· JMB Blog

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