Alaska Wilderness Skills

Alaska Wilderness Skills is a youth oriented life skills experience with a vision to awaken and engage families and individuals of all ages, through nature-based programs, reconnecting them with the earth, and inspiring them to live a meaningful life.

Mission: Provide nature-based education, leadership, and inspiration through experiences in our physical environment. Provide opportunities to enhance awareness, deepen compassion, and increase skills using the ancient arts of tracking and wilderness survival.

The AKWSkills team is developing 2018 Spring and Fall classes.

Experience Earth-Based Education in Nature's Classroom

Offered for - Families with children ages 4-17. Youth 12+ years old may attend without a parent. No previous experience required.

A 7 day immersion experience for families to connect to the Earth using wilderness skills. Students will be introduced to the 4 elements of survival shelter, water, fire and food. Students will also be introduced to the art of tracking and nature observation skills to highlight the importance of living in harmony with the Earth as caretakers. Participants will be divided up into learning groups based on age and experience level. Parents will have skills workshops and discussions on integrating the teachings of the "wilderness mind" into their everyday lives. Meals are all together. Plus, there's time for wandering the river after lunch and many fun night time games and camp fire stories.  

Skills include:

  • Debris hut shelter
  • Bow-drill fire making
  • Cordage making
  • Throwing stick
  • Cutting edge stone tool
  • Rock boiling
  • Fox walking, wide angle vision
  • Awareness games and activities
  • Tracking basics and concentric ring studies.
  • Lost proofing basics
  • Camp fire stories and night games
  • Attitude and philosophy of a Child of the Earth


June 3erd - 9th
Tuition: $750 first person, $600 each additional person (include 3 mostly organic meals a day and camping)
Deposit: $200 per household due upon registration.

 Show up for the camp on the June 3th arrival time is between 12:00 -5:00 pm. Upon arrival families will be directed to set up tent camping spot. The first night we will start with a salmon BBQ and a camp fire.

Camp will end on Saturday at 12:00 noon.

Family, Youth, and Teen Wilderness Experience June 3erd -9th. Wolf Walkers at Fish Camp (Mil 3.4 Tok Cutoff Road)

Summer Programs 2018

Invite us to create an experience for your Group, Community, School, or Organization!
Possibilities include:

  • Fireside Gatherings
  • Day Programs 6- 7hr 
  • Work Shop / Intro Skills Basic 1.5- 2 hr 
  • Family, Youth, and Teen Wilderness Experiences 3- 6 days campouts or rafting

To know what we have to offer in detail click on the "Programs Core" tab at the top of the page.