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Upcoming Programs for Youth

Great Blue Heron Community School

Tuesdays in Putney, VT (Greenwood) – Ages 7-13 – Starts Tue, September 27, 2022

Thursdays in Dummerston, VT (former Camp Arden) – Ages 7-17 – Starts Thu, September 29, 2022

Our community school is our keystone long-term mentoring program that began all the way back in Autumn 1999.  The program inspires young people to deepen their relationships with the natural world and each other. Youth gain life skills and confidence, guided by an experienced team of instructors. Our approach to nature connection emphasizes outdoor living skills, naturalist knowledge, dedication to community service and social equity, and social and emotional development.

Foxwalk Forest School

Tuesdays in Putney, VT (Greenwood) – Ages 5-7 – Starts September 13, 2022

Wednesdays in West Brattleboro, VT – Ages 5-7 – Starts September 14, 2022

Foxwalk Forest School supports children ages 5 – 7 to explore the natural world together, learn wilderness living skills, and build self-confidence, teamwork, and knowledge of self, nature, and community.  Great foundation for moving on to the longer 6-hour days at Great Blue Heron Community School (or other ventures in their young lives)!

Upcoming Programs for Adults

Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship

  • Where: Various locations within 30 miles of Brattleboro, VT
  • When: October – June, one full weekend per month
  • Who: Adults (Age 18+). Open to both novice and experienced trackers

Tracking is an invitation to slow down, look more closely, and question what we’re seeing. It’s a chance to get to know our “more than human” neighbors more deeply and intimately. It’s a journey to seeing our relationship and connection with the natural world more clearly. Join Bob Etzweiler for an immersion experience.  All experience levels are welcome.


SCHOLARSHIPS AND REPARATIONS FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL VWS PROGRAMS.  Thank you to our many donors for their support of these funds.

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