Top Ten Best Wilderness Survival Schools

This is a list of some of the best wilderness survival schools in the world. These schools have proved themselves as the top providers of this potentially life saving training.

The Top Ten

1 Survival Training School of California (STSC)

This school has risen to prominence pretty quickly, and is now attracting very high level clientele. Any school that is good enough to train US Marine Corps own survival instructors has my vote- but they've also provided training for; The US Air Force, US Navy, Stanford University, The California Dept of Justice, as well as Women In The Outdoors- America's largest women's outdoor organization, and too many more too list. They also advertise; "instructors available for travel anywhere in the world". It seems if your life is on the line, you may want to train with these guys.

What should be mentioned is they are mainly going there for the chief instructor, who regularly performs long distance "survival expeditions" bringing very little gear, and no food or water. He crossed Death Valley in the summer with just a knife, as well as the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in the fall. Don't think so? Wondering if it's just some more tall survival tales? Well, he even brought members of the ...more

Great outdoor survival skills class. Very knowledgeable and helpful instructors taught me the skills I wanted and helped me understand the basics I need to survive; and to help others in the wilderness. My experience with STSC was first class! So much more to learn. Will be taking more classes from them.

Being a former Marine, it's awesome to learn from the Instructor that taught my Marine Instructors.

Great instructors, great instructions!

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2 Maine Primitive Skills School

A 30year plus School Owner/Martial Artist here, with 13 years military experience in basic scouting, survival skills BUT out of the picture for a while.. When I started looking for a " Survival " school, this one stood out above the rest. First it was the name that caught my eye. If I was to spend time, money, passion on something I wanted something more than just " survival ". I wanted Basic to Advance skills, knowledge and understanding behind what was being taught. This was it! Yes the first stage that they teach is survival ( which was an amazing weekend ) but I was AMAZED at the ability of the apprentices who were attending. I mean WOW, everything you could think of that dealt with survival, homesteading, thriving, primitive skills, Bushcrafting, Tracking, Latest and the greatest tech BUT also the absolute in the historical native way, the primitive Do-It-Yourself...you name it...it was there. Also they had guest instructors with well over 40+ years experience. I been going since ...more

Experience and a supportive instructor staff that has spent years living in the woods is what separates this school from the rest. You do the work, learn the skills, and see where each one can lead until your not only surviving, but being a productive participant in the natural world. Very Empowering!

What impressed me the most about this place is the genuine concern for student growth. The instructors were certainly skilled, but it was their invested interest in my development in each of the disciplines that really impressed me.

Mike is a great teacher!

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3 Tom Brown Jr Tracker School

One of the best out there. His teaching style may not be for everyone but he has a lot to share. A lot what others teach can be traced to Tom Browns lineage.

If you haven't heard of Tom Brown Jr "The Tracker" than you must be very new to this. He is one of the founding fathers of the modern survivalist movement, and one of the first to popularize "native spirituality" intermingled with survival training.

Manahawkin, New Jersey

The experience is not hard core but the skills taught are the equal to any.

Tom is the real deal. I have taken many classes at the Tacker School, and I rarely go elsewhere.

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4 The Human Path

I had a truly transformative, beautiful, challenging interesting and educational experience spending two weeks learning primitive skills at the Human Path. There are things you learn and experiences that will stay with you for life. No bull, just reality mixed with compassion and a huge wealth of knowledge that is delivered in a humble and accessible way. Whatever you think you know about life and being authentic, go to the human Path and be humbled and learn. Theirs is the sort of education you can't get enough of. Next time I'm anywhere near San Antonio I'll do every course they offer. You should too!

There is no better school if want to survive and thrive in a post disaster situation. The school has classes to accommodate every individual from novice to skilled military personnel. I highly recommend The Human Path not just of the education you receive but for the family you make and the consistent follow up services they provide!

An amazing organization of truly dedicated, highly skilled people. Their approach to this important work is to empower everyday people with the knowledge and skills to make use of available materials around them to create solutions in a post-disaster world, from ethics to medicine to engineering to leadership to scouting... all facets of human communities that would need to be recreated to thrive post-disaster. I highly recommend The Human Path School.

This is the real thing.
If you are serious about your skills you can't do better.

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5 The Pathfinder School

I have personally taken his course and found that the classes are very well structured and extremely informative. The instructors are very well trained and have no problem answering your questions when you are having difficulty with a task. As for the whole Dave Canterbury thing who cares cause everyone lies everyday and there's no reason to judge him with complete hate and disrespect after all you should treat people the way you want to be treated.

Give it a break. He embellished his resume. He should have never done that and it was completely wrong. Doesn't mean he's not a expert in survival situations. Also he has openly apologized. Yes he was wrong. Nobody is perfect though.

Was a great class and great instructors. They knew their stuff, was obvious.

Very good school. Very good instructors. Highly recommended

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6 Wilderness Awareness School

This school offers a wide range of programs up to 9 months in length. They can truly get you in touch with the outdoors.

Duvall, Washington

SOLID reputation and program

7 ROOTs School

Teachers at Roots are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. They'll answer any question you have, even if it has nothing to do with the class you're currently taking. Their student-centered approach creates a fantastic learning environment for beginner through advanced students.

Wildly knowledgeable people with well grounded core values. A place and community that has forever changed me. I am stronger and a more capable team member thanks to my time with the folks at ROOTS.

The amazing range of skills and the fact that they are not just teaching it, they are living it makes them a wonderful place to learn and share.

Teachers who know how to teach are few and far between these days... Brad and Sarah are two of the best instructors I've ever had the pleasure to learn from!

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8 Sigma 3

I believe Sigma 3 is great school with great instructor. My experience was fantastic in my 1st basic training course. The instructor were outstanding teaching a group of people with little or no knowledge of the outdoors. The teaching style was something that gave the group of strangers the confidence to work together as a family. I'm eager to return to Sigma 3 to continue my learning process in wilderness survival skills...

Justin Williams is the new Director of Operations and Lead Instructor at Sigma 3. I trained with him in South Carolina, and he is amazingly talented. He helped me get my first bow drill coal. He was very patient and thorough in his teaching style. I am so excited he is now at Sigma 3, one of the best schools in the nation.

I took a class with the Colorado branch of Sigma 3 (Colorado Mountain Man Survuval School) and found the instructors to be knowledgeable, friendly and down to earth. I made good friends and learned a lot. I took a class from an instructor with the Missouri (original) branch of Sigma 3 and found him to be super laid back and absolutely brimming with knowledge, which he shared in a way that made learning easy. You can't go wrong with Sigma 3 schools!

Justin Williams is the man!

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9 Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS)

"The oldest toughest survival school in the world" says it all. They also operate perhaps the most well know field courses in the world, where students live off the desert landscape with as little as a pocketknife and a blanket for up to 28 days at a time. Of course they also offer a plethora of primitive skills courses where they guide the student back to a more ancient time when humans hunted and gathered their daily wares. Their courses take place in the beautiful and rugged desert of Boulder Utah (not Boulder Colorado! ), which is an outdoor travel destination in its own right. These courses are truly legendary in the field.

I took the BOSS 7 day course. Changed my life.
The course is extremely well structured to deconstruct you and let you rebuild a better self.
What I learned was priceless even for my business life.
Traveled a lot and had a lot of experiences. In my opinion it's top 3 for your development as a human being.

10 Woodlore (Ray Mears Bushcraft)

Long before Bear Grylls and Survivorman; there was Ray Mears. Mears is a legend in the field and operates courses internationally. He can take you tracking through Namibia Africa, or trekking through the frozen arctic. He has trained British Military forces as well as law enforcement, and has even helped police track a fugitve on a real life man-hunt.

London, England

The Contenders

11 Jack Mountain Bushcraft

This school has been recognized as a top provider in the industry for a long time now. the guides are top notch, and they have an outstanding outdoor skills program, perhaps the best in the American Northeast.

Masardis, Maine

These people know what they are doing

12 Karamat Wilderness Ways

This is one of the best survival skills schools in world. Top notch instructors who actually know what they are doing.

Mors, great great instructors perfect learning environment. Very happy to have taken both courses.

I attended last february, amazing humble people with lots of knowledge to share, thumbs up!

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13 Trueways Survival School

Quality courses.

14 Trail Blazer Survival School

Trail Blazer Survival School offers the best variety of classes and adventures and truly has something for everyone. All ages and skill levels can benefit greatly from this school.

Justin Williams is an excellent teacher, and provides hands on instruction that meets your learning style. Great School!

Justin Williams, one of the instructors, is a friend of mine. Not only does he know his stuff, he is humble and a patient and excellent educator.

Hard to beat a place with Justin Williams. His passion and knowledge is unmatched.

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15 Mountain Shepherd Survival School

I've personally have attended class, at Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School... and it's awesome. Reggie knows his stuff. He'll teach you the difference between real world and Disney World. I've also attended other survival schools... one of which, was with a celebrity of the survival show world... I won't same his name... I'm not into ruing one's name and reputation. But Mountain Shepherd taught me a hundred times more survival skills than I've ever seen on these "survival shows." Go to Mountain Shepherd... you'll regret it, if you don't.

Mountain Shepherd is run by a former US Air Force SERE instructor and is a great place to learn tried and true techniques. You'll find this school on any list of top survival schools.

Catawba, Va

16 Colorado Mountain Man Survival School

Once Jason decided to do this full time he dedicated his efforts to making his school among the very best in the world by obtaining some of the best land and developing it in an eco-friendly and responsible way making it an ideal location for students and practitioners at every level of knowledge and experience who wish to share their love of teaching and learning outdoor survival skills. Colorado Mountain Man Survival School has earned it's stripes by not only gaining the trust and respect of his students and his community but also by some of the best names in the business. If you live nearby and are looking for high quality training, you won't go wrong by putting Jason and his team on your "A" list.

Jason and his team have a laid back yet structured teaching style. His military background lends a minimalist aspect that was helpful to my overly gear-laden outdoors style. Jason and his team are all fabulous friends and work so well together, making the classes both fun and instructional. They are all very friendly and outgoing. I can't recommend this school highly enough. The beautiful mountain setting is breathtaking as well.

This school is awesome! Jason is so down to earth in his teaching and really want you to understand what it means to survive

I know Jason from the 40 days instructor course, a great guy!

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19 Mountain Scout Survival School

Student at this school for a couple of years, love it. I learned so much!

Amazing school, with great instruction

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20 Ancient Pathways

One of the few schools to offer a "pocketknife only" course, Ancient Pathways has been a leader in the industry for some time. They've trained everyone form US Military to movie stars and their desert survival training is outstanding.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Have been a student numerous times. Nothing better other than real life, and that doesn't always end on schedule or as planned. TOP RATED!

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