Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161

Frank Grindrod, Director, Earthwork ProgramsDirector: 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.

Jeffrey Hatch, Earthwork ProgramsWilderness 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.

Mishka Viscardi, Earthwork ProgramsAdmin & 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.



Lenore Anderson, Natural Vitality & Earthwork ProgramsWild Edibles & Medicinals Instructor: Lenore Anderson, MA., Edu., LMT, Clinical Herbalist

Lenore is the owner of Natural Vitality in Northampton, MA, where she offers Holistic Health Consultations and Integrated Bodywork therapies. She is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, CO, where she completed three years of training in Clinical Herbalism. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in deep tissue, acupressure and craniosacral therapies. Lenore is certified in raw food preparation through the Living Light Culinary Art Institute and Rawbert’s Organic Cafe. She has completed many years of trainings, apprenticeships and classes in Herbalism, Shamanism and Chinese Five Element Acupressure. Lenore offers cleansing, detox and weight-loss programs, medicinal plant walks, and seasonal health and healing retreats.



jonathan-bio-picExpeditions Coordinator: Anthony Brogno

Whether the Andes, or the Alps, the Alaskan or the Appalachians, our adventure guide Anthony would love to show you his favorite peaks. His involvement in outdoor leadership began at a young age and has had a tremendous impact on his life. After some time spent pursuing a conventional education here in Massachusetts, he set out to explore the world, and found himself sharing his skills in such settings as guiding treks through indigenous communities in Bolivia. When he’s not out exploring the far corners of the globe, Anthony loves being a mentor in our local youth programs. He’ll be sharing his experience of wildernesses and native cultures around the world on our upcoming expeditions! His expertise on exotic locations, and knowledge of logistics will assist us in incredible locations such as Patagonia, Alaska and the Ancient Cities of the Inca Empire.

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