Western Schools

These are the schools that are located in the western states and regions.

Teaching Drum Outdoor School

This school is located in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, and the purpose of Teaching Drum is to bridge the civilized, or modern way, with the old, or earth way.

Example Course: Native Shelter – Students build a thatched hut to be used as a temporary shelter. They also learn how to construct a birch-bark lodge.

Aboriginal Living Skills School

Located in Prescott,, Arizona, this school focuses on the teaching of primitive skills blended with modern ones.

Example Course: Winter Wonderland – Students learn how to keep warm and dry, make shelters from snow and sticks, making fires when everything is wet, and much more.

Boulder Outdoor Survival School

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the school’s focus is on helping students develop a proficiency in the primitive skills of outdoor living.

Example Course: Tarahumaran Living Skills – Students live in a cave in Mexico and learn of the Tarahumaran culture, practicing the traditional skills of making clothing, baskets and pottery, preparing food, and learning about ceremonies.

Earth Knack

Located in Crestone, Colorado, Earth Knack teaches Stone Age skills, once common knowledge skills that are quickly becoming lost.

Example Course: Winter Clothing Class – Students are taught traditional fur tanning techniques, pattern making, and skin sewing. Raw wool is felted and made into boots and mittens, and students make a coon-skin camp and a coyote fur vest.

Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School

Located in Pony, Montana, Hollowtop focuses on nature and how it provides all physical necessities in life.

Example Course: Formless Class! – Write a letter to them letting them know what you wish to learn/experience, and they will work with you to set it up.

Karamat Wilderness Ways

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Karamat focuses on teaching primitive skills and applying them to wilderness survival.

Example Course: Natural Crafting – This course provides a variety of information about useful crafts and tools made from materials such as willow, birch, cattail, bone, obsidian, rawhide, and other materials. Most materials are harvested by the students themselves.

National Outdoor Leadership School

Located in Lander, Wyoming, this school focuses on developing confidence, leadership, and wilderness skills.

Example Course: Kayaking and rafting – As with all National Outdoor Leadership School classes, this class is tailored to specific interests and age groups.

Natural Knowledge Programs of Colorado

Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, Natural Knowledge focuses on wilderness survival.

Example Course: Survival Awareness Birthday Special – designed as an alternative to traditional children’s birthday parties, this class teaches self-reliance and survival for the young.

Reevis Mountain School

Located in Roosevelt, Arizona, this school focuses on self-sufficiency, sustainable self-reliant wilderness living, and primitive survival skills.

Example Course: The Ancient Art of Felting – This course teaches students to transform sheeps’ wool into durable items like boots, hats, mittens, and more.



  1. RedWolfReturns said,

    May 30, 2007 at 3:49 am

    Hey guys, I like you’re site. Just wanted to let you know that your example course for the Teaching Drum Outdoor School is a little off. The main thing the school offers is a year-long communal primitive full-immersion course in the wild. As far as I know, there’s nothing quite like it being offered anywhere else.

  2. Aftermath said,

    June 8, 2007 at 9:49 am

    We’ll be sure to fix our information.


  3. Stephan said,

    August 21, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Will you please mail me any information that you have about attending your courses?
    Stephan Folse
    608 Mississippi Street
    Donaldsonville, LA

  4. Aftermath said,

    September 11, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Unfortunately we have no courses to attend (yet).
    The websites for different primitive skills schools are listed above . Good luck!

    – Miranda Vivian

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