Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161

Director: Frank Grindrod
Frank Grindrod, Wilderness Guide and Instructor, is the founder of Earthwork Programs and, since 1999, has been dedicated to teaching earth skills such as nature awareness, tracking, wilderness living skills and earth philosophy. He is a graduate of Greenfield Community College’s nationally-recognized Outdoor Leadership Program. Frank continues his education through studies with Tom Brown, Jon Young, Paul Rezendes and others. He has been trained as a Wilderness First Responder.

As a certified facilitator for the Nurtured Heart Approach, Frank has trained with national trainers, including Gabrielli Lachiara, LSW, Lisa Bravo, Tom Grove and Howard Glasser, MA. He is recognized as an advanced trainer and coach with energy parenting and Howard Glasser’s  The Inner Wealth Initiative and the Children’s Success Foundation.

Frank is currently working as the lead facilitator of wilderness education Programs and the Nurtured Heart Approach, as well as consulting for camps, museums, conferences, schools and environmental education centers throughout New England.

jeffWilderness Survival & Primitive Skills Instructor: Jeffrey Hatch

Jeff has had a close connection with nature since he was a young child, always out in the forest making forts and exploring. As he became a young adult he studied primitive skills and how Native Americans lived their lives. He has also studied the Sámi people of Lapland Scandinavia learning what it takes to live and survive in cold climates. His wilderness adventures have taken him around the world including Vancouver Island, BC and Alaska. He now focuses what he has learned into teaching other people how to not only survive but to thrive in the wilderness.

mishkasbiobiggerAdmin and Youth Programs Instructor: Mishka Viscardi

A native New Yorker, Mishka is a recent graduate of Smith College with a degree in Sociology and Film. She brings to Earthwork Programs her creativity, passion for mentorship and love of nature. Skilled in fine art, graphic design, and photography, Mishka assists in social media development and marketing. Her experience working with children both in and out of the classroom, adults, and individuals with developmental disabilities adds to Mishka’s spirit as a mentor. All of this, combined with her love of adventure; whether it’s farming in Iceland or Montague Mass., hiking the Canadian Rockies or traversing the streets of Kyoto, practicing her aim on moving targets, kayaking the Long Island Sound, or snowmobiling through the Berkshires, makes Mishka a perfect fit for the Earthwork family.



Investing in Our Future

As a qualified team of inspirational instructors, we continue to teach in a variety of settings, including outdoors, workshops, conferences, environmental education centers, and public and private schools.

In keeping with the mentoring tradition, we may also invite guest instructors and assistants to join our team.

“Frank is a very positive role model. He creates an atmosphere that is relaxed and welcoming. The kind of attention and acceptance my grandson gets in the group is very important.”
C. Leslie, grandmother of 13-year-old Leader in Training