Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161

Come one; Come all…to our Homeschool Open House–SPRING SESSIONS!

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 12 pm to 2 pm

Have you heard the buzz about Earthwork Programs’ Homeschool Programs? Have you ever been to an Open House outdoors?

Firemaking, animal tracking, foraging for wild edibles, shelter building, knife carving…just a few of our favorite wilderness skills!

This Open House is for families to learn about Earthwork Programs and our community, where we do these things all the time and open up a whole new way of seeing nature! POSSIBLE BONUS: We’ll be making soup in a pumpkin (for sampling by all)…and sharing dishes (feel free to bring something to share).

RSVPs are requested (so we know how many are coming and if we have to cancel, we can let you know); just click RSVP now! below and you’ll receive a confirmation from us.

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Meet at the Larch Conservation Center (525 S. Pleasant St) in Amherst by 12 pm to be escorted to the “camp” in the woods (wear appropriate footwear and clothing!).

Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions.

In the Heron Program, we began a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.

SPRING SESSION 2019: FRIDAYS–start March 22 through last day of May (or early June if there are weather days), skip Friday during April school vacation (10-week Session)



in Amherst, MA

“Earthworks was the perfect thing at the perfect time for our 12 year old son, offering him connection, community, and confidence when he needed it most. While at first the wilderness experience seemed way outside Ben’s comfort zone, it soon became clear that this WAS his comfort zone. In his words: “I can really be myself here.” Many thanks to Frank and his dedicated, knowledgable, and caring team for helping our son tap into strengths he didn’t even know he had, and build new ones. Our family is forever grateful. ” Jennifer G, a homeschool mom

Curricular components and additions:

  • Introduction to flint knapping
  • Fire challenge
  • Aidless navigation
  • Harvesting materials
  • Pottery and firing
  • Net bags
  • Natural sleeping bags
  • Bow and arrow making
  • Leatherwork
  • Rock boing
  • Survival cement
  • Lost proofing
  • Winter survival skills
  • Advanced wilderness shelters
  • Digging stick and fire hardening
  • First aid training
  • Journaling
  • Language of tracking
  • Learning animal gates
  • Baskets and containers
  • Fire with rocks
  • The art of firemaking…bow drill, hand drill, fire plow
  • Flint and steel
  • Preparing for winter
  • Secret spot
  • Camouflage and invisibility
  • Creating set of tools for survival
  • Earth philosophy
  • Make backpack
  • Celebration and storytelling
  • Plaster casts and making tracking museum
  • Carving knife safety and knife care
  • Animal forms and stalking kata
  • Coal burning spoons and bowls

Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.

Documentation of our experiences include photographs, measuring, mapping, independent study and research, drawing and journaling.

WHO: Preteens and Teens
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts

WHEN: Fridays and/or Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Fall (12-week), Winter (8-week) & Spring (10-week) sessions
HOW MUCH: $55-$70/class, sliding scale + $10 for Handbook/Journal (required–same can be used for all 3 seasons) + $10 for T-shirt (required only for Spring session; not available during Fall & Winter). 50% tuition due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks of start of Program…payment plan is available.