Ultimate Prepper Schools Link List – Where to Learn New Skills

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I believe the more you know the more likely you are able to handle unexpected situations. I think the ambitious prepper should be learning new skills continually. It doesn’t matter how old or how experienced you are, you can always learn something new. We have compiled a huge list of Prepper Schools from around the world. Each will have a location indicated and if it is an online course or a local one that you attend in person. Here is the list of various Prepper School facilities and online courses:

Prepper, Survival and Bushcraft Schools and Courses

North America

  • Aboriginal Living Skills SchoolUS Arizona (Local) – Cody Lundin runs ALSS with 28 years of field experience, ALSS is one of the oldest and best known professional modern survival, bushcraft, primitive living skills, and urban preparedness schools in the United States.
  • Advanced Survival TrainingUS Virginia (Local) – School founder and chief instructor Tim MacWelch has been the most trusted source for survival training in the Mid-Atlantic since he opened his business in 1997.
  • Alderleaf Wilderness CollegeUS Washington (Local) – Alderleaf offers courses on wilderness survival, wild edible & medicinal plants, permaculture, wildlife tracking, and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Ancient PathwaysUS Arizona (Local) – Ancient Pathways is a wilderness skills company specializing in desert survival and bushcraft. The focus of all Ancient Pathways courses is to provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques.
  • ASU – EMHS: Emergency Management (MA)US Arizona (Online) – The emergency management concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online.
  • Blackthorn-USAUS Kansas (Local) – Blackthorn-USA, LLC is a nature based outdoor adventure school specializing in preparedness, bushcraft and survival.
  • Boulder Outdoor Survival SchoolUS Utah (Local) – BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, is the oldest and largest traditional living skills / survival school in the world. Since 1968, we have offered adventurous souls the chance to learn indigenous skills in an active, hands-on environment.
  • Byron Kerns SurvivalUS Georgia and Florida (Local) – Byron Kerns, a former U.S. Air Force Survival (SERE) Instructor, has been providing instruction to the public since 1996. Over the past 20-years, he has guided and taught more than six hundred small groups in a wilderness setting.
  • Bush Survival TrainingUS California and Africa (Local) – Our California Survival School based in San Diego provides wilderness survival training and bushcraft skills in California and Africa guided by experienced survival instructors.
  • California Survival SchoolUS California (Local) – California Survival School was founded by two brothers with a passion for traditional living skills, outdoor adventure, and self-sufficiency.
  • Campcraft OutdoorsUS Kentucky (Local) – Campcraft Outdoors is a course provider for Wilderness Safety & Rescue and a Rugged Soft Goods Manufacturer based in Bethlehem, Kentucky. We incorporate a vast self reliance, safety and rescue curriculum that includes Emergency Wilderness Survival, Search and Rescue, Wilderness Safety, CPR & First Aid, Self Defense and more taught by internationally recognized instructors and professional educators.
  • C.U.M.A Survival SchoolUS Illinois (Local) – The C.U.M.A. Survival School specializes in no-nonsense training for everyone who is interested in Combatives, Self Defense, Urban Survival or venturing into the great outdoors.
  • Destination Backcountry AdventuresUS New York (Local) – Learn valuable skills, like how to construct shelter from natural materials, how to set traps, how to gather edibles in the wilds. Covered topics like risk evaluation, setting priorities and effective decision making under pressure, which cross over as valuable like skills even when you’re not in a survival situation.
  • Doomsday Preppers TrainingUS (Online/DVD) – Course covers: Hand to Hand Self-Defense, Emergency Medical, Basic Firearms Handling, Weapons Self-Defense, Outdoor Survival, Firearms Protection, Black Bag Self-Defense, Independent Farming and Tactical Firearms.
  • Earth Native SchoolUS Texas (Local) – Wilderness Survival, Wildlife Tracking, Nature Connection, Sustainable Living for adults and children.
  • Earth SchoolUS North Carolina (Local) – Earth School’s offerings include a wide variety of Nature Awareness Programs, including in-depth instruction on everything from Wilderness Survival and Emergency Preparedness Training, to a host of Self-reliance and Homesteading Skills.
  • Earth SkillsUS South Carolina (Local) – Founded in 2013, the purpose of EarthSkills, LLC. is to help re-acquaint our community with the bounty of Nature and to reclaim the skills our culture once depended on to prosper as human beings.
  • EarthWalk NorthWestUS Washington (Local) – Earthwalk Northwest offers programs focusing on earth awareness, wilderness survival and ancestral living skills, including primitive bow making, fire by friction, wild edibles, and much more.
  • First Earth Wilderness SchoolUS Missouri (Local) – First Earth Wilderness School’s programs and workshops are designed to give participants valuable life-saving survival skills and practical information about the natural world. Our underlying goal is the preservation of the almost-forgotten wisdom of our pre-historic ancestors, and to re-establish the connection and reverence for nature that much of our culture has lost.
  • Future NecessitiesUS Minnesota (Local) – Future Necessities is a wilderness skills and primitive technology school. Our classes are designed to be a unique experience for each student. We offer classes in basic, intermediate, and advanced survival. We also teach fire making, bow making, twining and cordage, and nature connection.
  • Headwaters Outdoor SchoolUS California (Local) – Headwaters Outdoor School in Northern California we teach primitive skills Earth People have used throughout time to survive in kinship with the Earth. Skills include Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Edible and Medicinal Plants, Nature Awareness, Earth Philosophy and many others.
  • Inian Islands InstituteUS Alaska (Local) – Inian Islands Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the education and inspiration of rising environmental leaders, within the phenomenal setting of Southeast Alaska.
  • Jack Mountain Bushcraft School US Maine and New Hampshire (Local) – Immersion programs integrate expedition leadership, bushcraft, primitive living skills, field ecology (edible and medicinal plants, mammals and their tracks, weather, the night sky, etc.), expedition canoeing and snowshoeing, natural crafting, off-grid homesteading, fly fishing, building your own gear (canoe paddles, pack baskets, bows, crooked knives, etc.) and living a simple, outdoor life.
  • Lifesong Wilderness AdventuresUS California, Oregon and Texas (Local) – Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is a nature based adventure company specializing in wilderness survival, nature awareness, and bushcraft skills.
  • Louisiana School of BushcraftUS Louisiana (Local) – An academy for wilderness adventure, bushcraft, safety, and self-reliance. We provide a connection for learning the basic skills that will empower you to live a primitive lifestyle.
  • Maine Primitive Skills SchoolUS Maine (Local) – The Maine Primitive Skills School is an intentionally small learning facility with a mission to provide quality instructor level courses in primitive skills, bushcraft, wilderness survival, self reliance, permaculture design, and outdoor education with emphasis on learning and teaching in the out of doors, specializing in ancient skills that develop awareness and sufficiency with a focus on individuals, community interactions, and the environment.
  • Midwest Native Skills Institute, IncUS Ohio (Local) – Tom Laskowski founded Midwest Native Skills Institute, Inc. in 1997 to provide small class sizes with individual instructiuon to teach comprehensive wilderness survival/self-reliance, all at affordable prices.
  • Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival SchoolUS Virginia (Local) – Mountain Shepherd Survival School teaches you real life-saving skills should your adventure turn into a survival situation.
  • Mountain Scout Survival SchoolUS New York (Local) – Mountain Scout Survival School exists to share with you the timeless and enduring wilderness survival skills of our ancestors; the primitive skills of sophisticated people.
  • Nunavik Arctic Survival Training CenterCanada (Local) – Nunavik Arctic Survival Training Center (NASTC) is the leading provider of survival training and adventure travel in Arctic Canada.
  • North American Bushcraft SchoolUS West Virginia (Local) – Believes that the practice of primitive skills fosters self-reliance, personal growth, sustainable lifestyles, and a unique sense of community as well as a deep awareness of the delicate planet we call home.
  • Northcamp SurvivalUS Connecticut (Local) – Our school and wilderness training will help prepare you to endure adversity in both the urban and backcountry environments.
  • Northwest School of SurvivalUS Oregon (Local) – Northwest School of Survival was founded in 1983 by our President Brian Wheeler. Our goal then and now remains the same: to provide year-round professional hands-on safety training in the skills required for preventing or surviving remote backcountry emergencies.
  • Omega Survival SchoolUS Texas (Local) – Omega Survival School is taught by experienced instructors and focuses on a number of different arts and disciplines. These skills include primitive skills, self reliance, survival and bushcraft.
  • Patriot Survival SchoolUS Texas (Local) – At the Patriot Survival School, all of the courses are taught by US Army Rangers and Special Forces Operatives most with years of military and combat experience. Courses are designed to take the novice and quickly turn them into a self-reliant survivor.
  • Prepper AcademyUS (Online) – Now you can learn how to eliminate prepping paralysis, by latching on to the only preparedness program that shows you step-by-step how to survive, thrive, and dominate when the SHTF…without needing truck-loads of cash or a fortified retreat.
  • Preppers UniversityUS (Online) – Comprehensive webinars that cover every topic a prepper is interested in. Lisa Bedford of The Survival Mom blog is one of the instructors.
  • Primal Knowledge & Primitive SkillsUS Maryland (Local) – Primal Knowledge is about practicing, teaching, and exploring primitive skills. We define primitive skills as pre-metal Stone Age technologies.
  • Primitive PursuitsUS New York (Local) – Primitive Pursuits is a non-profit program in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension. We provide leadership and wilderness skills education to hundreds of toddlers, youth, teens and adults throughout the Finger Lakes region.
  • Rain 6 Survival Training CourseUS Utah (Local) – RAIN6 is Salt Lake City’s premiere firearm training shop as well as Utah’s exclusive Arsenal Firearms Dealer. We specialize in Personal Training, the Strike One pistol and several accessories for it.
  • Remote Areas Emergency Medicine and SurvivalCanada (Local) – Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, we are a company dedicated to the delivery of high quality emergency care and education. Our members have not only received specialized training in providing instruction, but have spent years as actual emergency workers. This experience allows them to not only “show”, but explain the principles of care behind the techniques.
  • Rewild PortlandUS Oregon (Local) – Rewild Portland is an environmental education focused non-profit organization serving Portland, Oregon and the surrounding wild and rural communities. Our mission is to create cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions, and technologies.
  • ReWild UniversityUS Wisconsin (Local and Online) – Based near Cable, Wisconsin, USA, ReWild University is offering our new “Forest Monk” programs — intensive training in ancestral skills, mental/emotional strength, primal fitness, and much more.
  • Root SchoolUS Vermont (Local) – In April of 2007, Roots School was founded with the purpose of educating people of all ages and backgrounds in: Self Reliance and Survival Skills, Tracking and Naturalist Studies, Primitive and Traditional Skills.
  • Sandia Mountain Survival SchoolUS New Mexico (Local) – SMSS is dedicated to teaching proven wilderness and wilderness survival skills to the general public in an effort to raise conservation awareness and help decrease the chances of lost or missing outdoor enthusiasts in New Mexico.
  • Sigma 3 Survival SchoolUS Missouri, Florida, Colorado, Virginia and Arkansas (Local) – Mission: To create completely self reliant survivalists capable of walking off into the land with nothing but their knife and survive indefinitely!
  • South Jersey Tracker ClubUS New Jersey (Local) – South Jersey Tracker Club’s mission is to educate both young and old about nature, old skills, wilderness survival, permaculture and environmental stewardship.
  • Survival in the BushCanada Toronto (Local) – Our wilderness survival courses are designed to prepare the participant both physically and mentally. You’ll be better equipped to cope with unexpected, unplanned, and stressful emergencies.
  • Survival ResourcesUS New York (Local) – John McCann founded Survival Resources with the goal of offering the best survival products available. John, and his wife Denise, strive to offer quality gear at reasonable prices and provide unsurpassed customer service.
  • Survival Training School of CaliforniaUS California (Local) – Thomas Coyne Survival Schools Headquarters operates America’s most elite survival program, for all skill levels. Since 2009 we have been breaking new ground and training the best: The US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Navy, Department of Defense, and many other results oriented individuals and organizations have chosen us for training.
  • Survivalist Prepper – Preparedness CoursesUS (Online) – Online courses that cover a variety of topics for beginner and experienced preppers.
  • Teaching Drum Outdoor SchoolUS Wisconsin (Local) – Teaching Drum’s purpose is to bring back the craft, foraging, and cultural practices of our Native ancestors, to help us return to a balanced way of life. Learning is by immersion in the Life Way, in a wilderness setting with a small clan of people.
  • Texas Survival SchoolUS Texas (Local) – Texas Survival School is located just outside Dallas in Royse City ,Tx we are the Premier primitive,modern and “BUG-OUT survival,self reliance and bushcraft school in North Texas we at Texas Survival School believe in using the things you have and also being able to fall back on primitive skills, the instructors range from ex special operations soldiers, primitive survivalists to seasoned Outdoorsmen and Hunters.
  • The Human PathUS Texas (Local) – San Antonio and Austin based classes in bushcraft, urban survival, primitive living skills, permaculture, herbology, homesteading, self-defense, outdoor fitness and much more.
  • The Medical PrepperUS Tennessee (Local) – TheMedicalPrepper.com is a prepping site that just simply wants to give preppers an informed edge on two fronts: advanced knowledge in preparation of performing potentially life-saving medical interventions in a fall-out situation, and specific knowledge in determining which medical preps to purchase.
  • The Pathfinder SchoolUS Indiana (Local) – The Pathfinder School, LLC is an outdoor self reliance and survival school specializing in no-nonsense training for everyone who ventures into the outdoors. Founded by Dave Canterbury, The Pathfinder School provides many opportunities for you to learn the skills needed to become self reliant.
  • The PREPARED Path Online Prepper CourseUS (Online) – Comprehensive online prepper course.
  • Tom Brown, Jr.’s Tracker SchoolUS New Jersey (Local) – The Tracker School was founded in 1978 by Tom Brown Jr, Americas most renowned Tracker, and Wilderness Survival expert. Based on the teachings of Stalking Wolf, the Apache elder from whom Tom learned his skills when he was just seven years old, he began teaching. The school has expanded to include over 75 classes, divided into eight course tracks.
  • Trackers EarthUS Oregon and California (Local) – Trackers Earth offers camps and outdoor programs for all ages. We provide innovative education in nature connection and authentic outdoor skills. Camps and classes include outdoor skills, wild plants, archery, restoration and much more. Our organization and education models are collaborative. Our purpose is to create a village of connection to the land, accountability, common sense, and limitless enthusiasm.
  • Trail Blazer Survival and AdventuresUS South Carolina (Local) – Teaches basic and advanced outdoor wilderness survival skills such as shelter building, firecraft, navigation, finding and making water safe to drink, trapping, butchering, tanning and identifying edible and medicinal plants.
  • True North Outdoor SchoolUS Pennsylvania (Local) – Looking to bring the finest outdoors training and education to Pennsylvania and its surrounding states, Erik Kulick drew upon his passion for the outdoors and his almost thirty years of teaching experience to found True North in 2011.
  • True Ways SurvivalUK (Local) – Trueways Survival offers Survival, Expeditions and Bushcraft Courses founded on the tried and tested principles of its most senior team member, SAS Legend John “Lofty” Wiseman
  • Twin Eagles Wilderness SchoolUS Idaho (Local) – Twin Eagles offers programs for adults and youth in: Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills, Wildlife Tracking, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants, Permaculture & Regenerative Design, Nature-based Mentoring & Cultural Restoration, Naturalist Training, Bird Language & Native Scout Teachings and Inner Tracking (nature based journey of self-discovery).
  • Wilder SkillsUS California (Local) – WilderSkills is a youth outdoor education school, founded as a branch of California Survival School, that helps kids and teens reconnect with the earth through primitive wilderness survival skills. Founded in 2013 by Dan Baird and Laura Stein, Wilderskills programs cover a range of skills, from fire-by-friction and water collection, to ancient crafts and techniques for making tools and blending into the woods.
  • Wilderness AwarenessUS Washington (Local) – We offer Wilderness Survival courses, Wild Edible Plants courses, Wildlife Tracking courses, Bird Language courses, Nature Education Mentoring courses and more.
  • International Canadian School of SurvivalCanada (Local) – Through education and training, we seek to prevent undue suffering and loss of life when faced with unforeseen wilderness accidents and to reduce the burden on our Search and Rescue resources.
  • Wilderness Survival InstituteUS Colorado (Local) – Our focus is to teach people venturing into the outdoors to be prepared, to tell someone where they are going and when they are coming back, to pay attention to the warning signs, to make the correct decisions on whether to continue a trip or turn back, and to avoid putting yourself in a survival situation.
  • Wolf Camp and the Conservation CollegeUS Washington (Local) – Wolf Camp and the Conservation College run summer youth camps and career certification programs with the highest quality teachers and most diverse outdoor curriculum in the field.
  • WSC Survival SchoolCanada (Local) – We offer a broad scope of programs to provide the knowledge, skills, and tools pertinent to survival, to the enjoyment of the great outdoors, and to the confidence and peace of mind of knowing what to do when a need arises.

Europe

  • BacktravelNetherlands (Local) – Bushcraft and survival training.
  • Bear Grylls Survival AcademyUK (Local) – The world’s most recognizable face of survival and outdoor adventure brings the ultimate in self-rescue skills, delivered by his handpicked team of highly trained experts.
  • Bushcraft ExpeditionsUK (Local) – Leading the field in the UK and Europe, Bushcraft Expeditions has an unrivaled record for teaching bushcraft and survival skills and for leading overseas wilderness expeditions.
  • EXTRA Bushcraft & SurvivalNetherlands (Local) – Bushcraft and survival training.
  • Forest KnightsUK (Local) – Forest Knights is proud to be one of the leading Bushcraft Schools in the country and one of the longest established in West Sussex.
  • Forest Skills LtdUK (Local) – Forest Skills is one of the longest established bushcraft skills companies in the UK. We offer a range of courses & experience sessions, including: Bushcraft & survival courses, Traditional craft courses, Forest school sessions, Private bookings for parties, schools & groups, First Aid training and Food Hygiene training.
  • Frontier BushcraftUK (Local) – Frontier Bushcraft provides a range of bushcraft courses from a one-day foundation to weekends sampling different skill-sets to week-long full-immersion courses.
  • Hands On BushcraftUK (Local) – Hands on Bushcraft; wilderness bushcraft and survival school, offering a fantastic selection of bushcraft and survival courses teaching various survival skills from around the world.
  • Jack Raven BushcraftUK (Local) – Based in Kent, we offer a wide range of high quality, affordable bushcraft courses covering essential woodlore, wilderness & outdoor living skills, wild food foraging, axe workshops, woodland crafts, blacksmithing.
  • Living Wilderness Bushcraft SchoolIreland (Local) – Bushcraft training.
  • Natural PathwaysUK (Local) – Provides a broad range of Survival Bushcraft and Nature Awareness Courses conducted in the depths of Kentish woodland.
  • Northern Ireland Survival SchoolIreland (Local) – The Northern Ireland Survival School is a Northern Ireland based company teaching Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills in Northern Ireland.
  • Survival School BristolUK Bristol (Local) – Survival School Bristol is a centre dedicated to teaching Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills
  • The British Bushcraft SchoolUK Worcestershire (Local) – Founded by Dale Collett in 2005, the school has now grown over 9 years and is becoming renowned as one of the top venues in both the UK & Europe to learn bushcraft and survival skills.
  • TheCanoeMan School of Wilderness BushcraftEngland Norwich (Local) – The School runs a selection of courses designed to allow you to experience nature like never before; exploring the forgotten art of Bushcraft tracing back to our indigenous ancestors, utilising skills from around the world.
  • Wildwood BushcraftUK (Local) – Wildwood Bushcraft (est. 2005) is a wilderness survival school delivering high quality bushcraft courses in the Highlands of Scotland and Sussex in the South of England. We also run international bushcraft expeditions in Scotland, Arctic Sweden, Canada and Africa.
  • Wilderness Survival SkillsUK (Local) – On our courses we strip everything back to basics. We mix up-to-date training and knowledge with skills from our past. Spend time learning movement and navigation through the wilderness, which kit is best, how to safely light a fire in all weathers but also how to light a fire without any modern equipment, build a warm, waterproof shelter from natural materials, make comfortable bedding, find food and water, craft containers, utensils, tools and clothing.
  • Woodland WaysUK (Local) – At Woodland Ways we offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of Wilderness Bushcraft and Survival courses available, covering everything from the basics up to advanced skills and instructor training.
  • Woodlore, The School of Wilderness BushcraftUK (Local) – As a school, Woodlore is truly unique, in that every course we run has been designed or developed by the UK’s leading Bushcraft expert, Ray Mears.
  • Woodsmoke – Bushcraft and Wilderness SurvivalUK (Local) – Established in 2001, Woodsmoke is internationally respected for its pioneering bushcraft courses and professional approach to teaching you classical wilderness survival skills. Our bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions are set in spectacular landscapes, both at home in the heart of England’s Lake District National Park, and across environmental and climatic global extremes.

Australia

  • Bob Cooper Outback SurvivalAustralia (Local) – The chief instructor is Mr Bob Cooper. Born and educated in Western Australia, Bob has delivered these Outback Safety and Survival courses since 1990 and is considered the leading desert survival instructor in Australia.
  • Creative CollectivesAustralia (Local) – Creative Collectives are organizers of The School of Self-Sufficiency, Wolf Pack, Primitive Skills Gathering, Family Bush Camps and a variety of eco-living opportunities.
  • SOS Survival TrainingNew Zealand (Local) – Specialises in providing wilderness, sea and aviation survival training. We employ professional instructors with the relevant backgrounds, who are skilled in imparting their knowledge and creating realistic but safe scenarios.

Asia

  • 29028 Adventure WorldIndia (Local) – Over 25 years of adventure/nature outdoor and survival education/training and operations.
  • OTA Survival SchoolIndia (Local) – OTA Survival School is India’s first facility dedicated to training, preparing and equipping people to face a survival situation and turn it into a self-reliant one
  • Thailand Bushcraft CoursesThailand (Local) – Thailand Bushcraft is not only about surviving, but flourishing in the natural jungle of Southern Thailand with the help of a few tools. Our bushcraft courses differ from our jungle survival courses in that we take tools such as knives, Thai jungle knives, containers, cooking implements, rope, and other camping gear into the wilderness.

South America

  • Desert Island SurvivalFrench Polynesia and Panama (Local) – We specialize in providing you with the skills to survive on tropical desert islands. You are marooned on a remote and uninhabited Pacific island where you will first receive your training before you are cast away with ‘limited equipment’ to live out an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Jungle Survival AdventuresCosta Rica (Local) – Jungle survival training.

Africa

  • Okavango Guiding SchoolAfrica (Local) – Okavango Guiding School is the first private guide training school registered in Botswana to provide training for guides on both the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and the Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA) platforms. The school caters for anyone who is passionate about nature and wants to gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating wildlife of Africa and how they interact with each other and their environment.

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