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Friends and Resources

Canoe Camp.

This links page is intended to connect you with a broader network of related resources: collaborating entities, affiliate wilderness schools, learning resources, related services and organizations, related websites and online learning resources.


Collaborating Entities

The Abode of the Message
New Lebanon, New York

Abode Farm CSA
New Lebanon, NY
Abode Farm CSA is a cooperatively run, horse-powered farm in New Lebanon, New York, producing vegetables, herbs, and flowers for our summer and winter CSA, local businesses, schools, and farmers markets.

Mountain Road School
New Lebanon, NY
Mountain Road School is a small, independent school that has provided progressive and heartfelt education since 1975.  Serving preschool through eighth grade in multi-aged classrooms, they are located on 20 beautiful acres in New Lebanon, New York.

The 8 Shields Institute
Belinas, California


Affiliate Wilderness Schools (by geographical proximity)

Woodland Ways
Philmont, New York

Tamakoce Wilderness School
Grafton, New York

Earthwork Programs
Williamsburg, Massachusetts

Wolf Tree Programs
Montague, Massachusetts

Wild Earth
New Paltz, New York

Institute for Natural Learning
Brattleboro, Vermont

Vermont Wilderness School
Brattleboro, Vermont

Two Coyotes
Monroe, Connecticut

Primitive Pursuits
Ithaca, New York

Earthwalk Vermont
Plainfield, Vermont

White Pine Programs
Cape Neddick, Maine

Tracker School
Pine Barrens, New Jersey

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Living Earth School
Charlottesville, Virginia

Wilderness Awareness School
Duvall, Washington


Learning Resources

Coyote’s Guide
This book passes on the subtle nature-based educational methods that were used long ago, when subsistence lifestyles kept humankind close to the natural cycles of the earth. It presents a fun, empowering and healing approach to nature education that has proven effective for countless educational organizations, families, and individuals of all ages.

What the Robin Knows
This book is an excellent resource for diving into the world of Bird Language, and launching this awareness-expanding Core Routine in your life. This groundbreaking book unites indigenous knowledge, up-to-date research, and the author’s nature experiences spanning four decades to lead us toward a deeper connection with animals, and a deeper connection with ourselves.

Kamana Naturalist Training Program Workbook Series
This workbook series is an experiential four-level home study course through which readers gain a comprehensive naturalist training background. Students learn wildlife tracking, bird language, survival and native living skills, traditional herbalism, naturalist mentoring and more. Students become confident naturalists, melding modern field ecology with the skills of a native scout.

The Art of Mentoring
The Art of Mentoring is a weeklong experiential nature-based program designed to help participants remember the ways of our ancestors and learn to apply these ways to our modern communities. The intention behind this program is that we might once again live in healthy, regenerative communities—villages where people of all ages are in deep relationship with the land, each other and themselves.

The Tracker
This book is the epic story of Tom Brown Jr.’s adventures into a realm of deep nature connection that has set a precedence of discovery, learning and transformation in nature for hundreds of nature schools across the globe. It follows the story of Tom’s encounter, and subsequent decade of apprenticeship with, an Apache scout and tracker of astonishing physical and spiritual capabilities, named, Grandfather.

Nature Tracking
Jonah Evans' online resource for wildlife tracking.

iTrack Wildlife
This app is excellent for identifying animal tracks and sign in the field using a handheld mobile device. It’s fun, easy to use, contains hundred of high-resolution photos and is filled with accurate information.

Traditional Tanners
Based in Ashland, Oregon, Traditional Tanners offers consulting services, an online store, and a publishing arm specializing in media regarding traditional tanning and leather crafting.


Related Services & Organizations

Climbing Tree Farm
New Lebanon, New York


Flying Cloud Institute
New Marlborough, Massachusetts

Soul Fire Farm
Petersburg, New York

Uprising Farm
West Lebanon, NY

Related Websites & Online Learning Resources

Bird Language Leaders

Thomas J. Elpel’s Web World Portal

Children & Nature Network

Wildwood Survival

Primitive Ways

Paleo Planet

Primitive Technology