Land Stewardship Camp Registration


This course will take place on the banks of the South River, in Conway, Massachusetts. The landscape ranges from the sand and clay banks of the river to a former pasture on flat riverbottom soil, to reforested hillsides. There are hundreds of acres of forest, miles of trails, and a river that can be easily explored by wading or tube-floating.

This is a rustic, but not remote, setting.  You’ll need to wade through the river (thigh-high water) to get from your car to the workshop site. Cell service is very limited, but a land line is available just a few hundred yards away. There is a shelter we can use in case of rain.

We will establish a camp area— including a central fire, cooking area, tent sites, and latrine/composting toilet— and then disappear these when the weekend is over.


  • Thursday evening – please arrive having fed yourself
  • Friday breakfast – you provide your own
  • Friday lunch – prepared by our cook
  • Friday dinner – potluck dinner
  • Saturday breakfast – you provide your own
  • Saturday lunch – prepared by our cook
  • Saturday dinner – prepared by our cook
  • Sunday breakfast – you provide your own
  • Sunday lunch – prepared by our cook

What to bring:

  • Tent and sleeping gear.
  • 2 breakfasts, one dinner, and snacks.
  • Water bottles and water filter/purifier.
  • We’ll provide a more detailed list 1-2 weeks before the workshop.

Instructor Bio:

Connor Stedman has mentored students of all ages in nature connection since 2004 and teaches on knowledge of place and land stewardship around North America.  As an ecological designer, Connor specializes in agroforestry and carbon sequestration on farms. He offers consulting and design for regenerative agriculture systems at AppleSeed Permaculture.  Connor lives in Hatfield, MA and travels frequently around the Northeast.

Connor co-organized the internationally acclaimed Carbon Farming Course; has served on leadership teams for Art of Mentoring workshops in Vermont, California, Idaho, Texas, North Carolina, Ontario, and the British Isles; and is a graduate of both the Wilderness Awareness Residential Program and the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness program. Connor holds an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning program and a B.S. in Eco-Social Design from Gaia University International.

Connor has been involved with the Vermont wilderness School for many years and for two years served as our Executive Director.


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  • Any remaining balance is due June 1. You are entitled to a full refund if you pay for a program and VWS chooses to cancel it.

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