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Anake Outdoor School:
Connect with Nature - Change your life.

The Anake Outdoor School class of 2014-2015 is currently full. Interested persons may still apply to have their name added to the waitlist or fill out an application for consideration for our 2015-2016 class. We’d love to hear from you!

Interested? Click here to sign up for a visit day.

The most valuable gift I have taken from this program is a deep and powerful sense of my own belonging and worth in this world. I experienced numerous rites-of-passage that my soul was aching for.  – Brett

At Anake Outdoor School you experience 9 months of in-depth training in a powerful set of nature awareness and wilderness survival skills. You are guided through field studies focused on:

  • primitive wilderness survival skills
  • wild edible plant preparations
  • principles of leadership
  • nature-based mentoring skills
  • wildlife tracking techniques
  • bird language studies

At Anake Outdoor School you will develop a deep and intimate relationship with the natural world. This life-changing wilderness experience is grounded in a powerful, community-oriented philosophy of learning. Your year is informed by the legacy of indigenous cultures from around the world. Each experience is crafted around a cutting-edge understanding of our natural heritage as human beings.

This program has given me the opportunity to live, learn and grow within a community of naturalists in the beautiful Pacific Northwest — an opportunity of a lifetime. - Meghan

Your adventures are based out of our beautiful campus in Duvall, WA. You travel on exciting expeditions throughout the year:

  • across the Cascade mountains
  • through the high deserts of eastern Washington
  • among the sand dunes of Oregon
  • under the redwoods of California
  • and many more beautiful locations!

As Ingwe, the grandfather and co-founder of Wilderness Awareness School, never tired of saying “The Wilderness holds all truth and knowledge.”

At Anake Outdoor School, you will develop the eyes, the ears, and the awareness with which to help our culture move forward into the future in a healthy and sustainable way.

Check out the profiles of current students.

There are over 350 graduates of the Anake Outdoor School – will you be one of them? Check out what our Graduates are up to!

The year was intensive, hands-on, and chock full of activities. I have been amazed at how wonderful this wilderness course is, and can’t believe I ever doubted coming for the year. —Rich

Fill out an application!

Apply Now Our 2014-2015 class is now full. Please apply to be added to our waitlist. We'd love to hear from you! The application period for the 2015-2016 class will begin in November.
33 weeks Sept-June (Tues, Wed & Thurs with extended trips)
Ages: 18+ Cost: $10,350

Anake Outdoor School at a Glance

For full details, see the FAQ page

Location Based out of our campus in Duvall, WA with field trips to locations further afield in the Northwest.

Duration School-year schedule. Meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with several extended trips during 33 weeks between September 2015 and June 2016. 

Facilities Wilderness Awareness School's campus, which includes multiple classrooms on 40 acres of forested land adjacent to the vast wilderness of the Cascades. Watch a video about our campus

Instructors Core instructors Marcus Reynerson, Laura Gunion and Richie Booth as well as staff specialists and guest instructors. Instructor biographies.

Credit 18 transferable undergraduate credits through Western State College. Our students have also had success in receiving credit for the Anake Outdoor School at their college. Details.

Enrollment Class size ranges from 30 to 40 students.

Financial Aid Up to $4,000 in financial assistance is available through TFC Tuition Financing. We are also able to offer Financial Aid funding in the form of VA tuition benefits for veterans. Watch a video about Military Veterans at Anake Outdoor School

Scholarships Limited Scholarships are available for those who plan to participate in the Anake Leadership Program and who hope for a career mentoring youth using the 8-shields model. Scholarships will not be awarded until after March 15, 2015.

Housing The Anake Outdoor School has limited on-campus housing. Many students rent homes nearby.