Wilderness Skills Institute


2015 Wilderness Skills Institute
May 18-29, 2015
Cradle of Forestry in America – Pisgah Forest, NC

The Wilderness Skills Institute is a training partnership between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the United States Forest Service and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. Started in 2011, the Institute features two weeks of training hosted each year at the Cradle of Forestry facility outside of Brevard, North Carolina on the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest.

Wilderness work requires a special scope of skills.  This program is designed to provide volunteers, agency and partnership staff and others opportunities for growth within these unique skill sets. Each year, the two-week agenda is set providing educational and skill certification in areas designed for those new to wilderness stewardship and those that have been participating for years.  Training through the Institute is provided for free to accepted students, and free camping is available on site for those wishing to take advantage of the facilities.  The Institute an excellent opportunity for connecting with Wilderness stewards across the region both inside and outside of the classroom.

To Apply for the 2015 Wilderness Skills Institute

Please read the course descriptions carefully before completing the online application form using the links below.  Accepted students must be present for the full duration of each course they attend.  The second round of applicants will be reviewed at the end of March and will be notified of their status by the end of March.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Brenna Irrer at brennairrer@trailcrews.org.

2015 Wilderness Skills Institute Course Descriptions

2015 Wilderness Skills Institute Application