Wilderness Survival Immersion Project

Starts September 5th 2014!

In forging relationships with ourselves and the landscape, survival in the wild is one of the purest and most powerful tools. For the last two million years, the vast majority of our existence, humans and their predecessors knew how to live with the Earth and with each other. In the last two thousand years things have changed. Roots invites you to reclaim the birthright of survival skills, tracking, and awareness in this in depth experience and study.

 The Wilderness Survival Immersion Project is a nine month journey into the world of wilderness survival skills. The program consists of intensive immersion weekends focused around the arts of procuring and producing shelter, water, fire, and food. Tracking and awareness will be a running theme to be built upon during each weekend. The course begins with a four day introduction weekend and will intensify and focus throughout the year pushing students from beginners to competent and proficient survival practitioners and end with a five day four night survival trip in which we will test our learning.

 Each weekend is roughly a month apart and the gap in between must be used for critical integration, in other words, the homework is a part of the class. Assignments will range from research to skills practice sessions and staff and students will be in contact in the midterm between each monthly weekend to update on progress, ask questions, and facilitate an at home learning curriculum. Students must be highly self motivated and passionate about learning.  We provide a workbook with monthly assignments both in primitive skills and naturalist education to help guide students learning and foucs on the most important aspects of the landscape for survival.



Tracking and Awareness

  • Clear Print ID
  • Gait Studies
  • Sign Tracking
  • Trailing
  • Naturalist Studies
  • Bird Language
  • Stalking and Camouflage


  • Debris Hut
  • Quincy Hut
  • Group Survival Shelters


  • Spring Identification
  • Water Purification
  • Primitive Water Vessels


  • Fire Structures
  • Fire by Friction
  • Fire as a Tool


  • Wild Edibles and Tree Foods
  • Primitive Weapons
  • Hunting Techniques
  • Primitive Trapping
  • Primitive Fishing

Primitive Skills

  • Cordage and Fiber Arts
  • Basketry
  • Flint knapping 
  • Stone Tools





Tuition Info

Dates 2014
September 5-8
October  18-19
November 15-16
December 13-14
January 31-Febuary 1
March 14-15
April 18-19
May 23-24
June Survival Trip 13-17
Tuition and Registration

Early Registration Discounted Tuition: To receive the early registration discounted tuition of $2000, tuition must be received and paid in full by April 1st, 2014. August 1st is the normal registration deadline although this course will cap at 12 students and will be first come first serve.

Tuition: If tuition is not paid in full by April 1st 2014, tuition is $2300. Enclose $500.00 non-refundable deposit with your registration which is due no later than August 1st, 2014.  If we have not received 6 applicants by this time we will not run the program. Full payment of the balance is expected on the first day of class unless arrangements for a Payment Plan or VSAC Grant have been made at the time of registration.

Trimester Payment Method: If you need to work out a long term payment method with Roots School we offer a trimester payment method in which three payments of $566.00 are due on 0ct 15, Jan 21, April 7. The deposit of $500.00 is due by August 1st, 2014.  If you start the program and are on a payment program we expect you to meet your entire financial commitment even if you choose to drop out of the program unless you choose to drop out from serious personal injury.

Grants: Qualifying Vermont residents may apply for Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, (VSAC) non-degree grants. Wilderness Survival Immersion Project is divided into two terms, and two applications to VSAC are necessary if you desire a grant for each term. We suggest that you apply well before the middle of 2012 for the first term Wilderness Survival Immersion Project, which begins in August 2012. You must apply in June 2012 for a grant for the second term. Be aware that VSAC begins its funding cycle in June of each year and awards grants on a first-come-first-serve basis while funds last. Please apply early!

Students who apply for VSAC grants are asked to submit $500.00 non-refundable deposit with your registration form. When the grant is issued in August and your tuition is fully paid, we will refund whatever amount of your deposit is in excess of the tuition. Students who receive a grant for the first term are responsible for the entire tuition regardless of attendance and regardless of the availability of a second-term grant. VSAC application forms may be obtained from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation: 1-800-882-4166 or write P.O. Box 2000, Champlain Mill, Winooski, VT 05404-2601, or on their website: VSAC Website

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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 5:00pm

Register Now

Step 1: Pay the deposit or full price.
Price: $2300
Deposit: $500

Step 2: Download this Registration form, fill it out and email it back to us.


To Register Offline: Download and fill out your registration form and mail it back to us with a deposit check made out to Roots School. Mail to 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford VT 05033.

Enrollment: Open
Ages 18 and up.
Daily Duration: Overnight
Daily courses do not include meals, camping is available upon request.
Overnight courses include meals and camping.


Logistical information about what to bring for your class, camping during overnight courses, directions and so forth can be found here.