Come get in touch... with your wild side!

“On our trip we had an exciting time. We adventured through the woods and open fields, laughing, smiling, enjoying ourselves and others. When we finally could settle down, we really looked for the beauty of nature... I could feel the wind and watch as it made the grass and trees dance together. I could feel the rain as though it was washing down the land around me. I felt like I was part of something grand.”

—Amanda B.

Summer Camps

Looking for a unique summer camp experience?

OWLS offers a limited number of pre-scheduled or customized summer camps for individuals, families, and groups such as the boy scouts. Contact us if you would like to schedule a class that meets your needs. We can coordinate with other parents to optimize the experience and timing for everyone’s mutual needs.

Ancient Skills Camp

Two Nights. Ideal for ages 9 to 15.

Ancient Skills Camp follows a theme similar to our Classroom in the Woods programs. Kids get hands-on experience with primitive skills such as natural shelters, friction fires, ancient cooking methods, animal tracking, stalking of game, native plant uses, basket weaving, bow and arrow making, and other age-appropriate survival skills. Based on our belief in passion-based learning, we play lots of games, and keep the fun rolling all day long!

Parent/Child Option:

Ever want to go back to camp, or to spend high quality time with your kid? Well, here’s your chance to do both. Sign up with your child and spend time together in a situation away from all the distractions of home and modern society. There will be plenty of chances for bonding on a deep level and playing together in nature.

Upcoming Dates: August 24 - 26, 2018

Additional camps may be scheduled by request.


Our Ancient Skills Camps are held at our River Camp facility, along the Jefferson River near Whitehalll, Montana.


Three Days / Two Nights: $250

(Price includes all meals.)

Discount: Sign up two or more people (kids, or kids and parents) and save $50 per person! (Register now. Pay the discounted balance later via check or PayPal.)

June 2 - 8, 2018

Upper Missouri River Canoe Trip and Carp Hunting

with Thomas J. Elpel and friends | Toston, Montana

Canoeing, camping, and hunting carp with bows and arrows is one of our favorite early summer activities. Most years we paddle the Upper Missouri River, near Toston, Montana. However, in 2016 we floated the Tongue River in southeastern Montana for an amazing two-week adventure.

For 2017 and 2018, we are returning to our usual haunt on the Upper Missouri, starting near Toston and floating down to Canyon Ferry Reservoir. It isn't a long distance, but we like to camp out and hunt carp along the way. We eat what we kill. Waste is not allowed on this trip! We will also forage for wild foods and practice other primitive skills, such as friction fires, along the way.

This canoe trip is not a formal class, but rather a fun adventure that is open to friends and family, Green University interns, and neighborhood kids who have previously participated in Ancient Skills Immersion programs through Outdoor Wilderness Living School.

There is no cost to join the adventure, although we would appreciate donations of food or money to cover expenses, and we may need drivers to help transport people, canoes, and gear to the river and back. Please send us a note if you are eligible and interested in joining the trip!

August 24 - 26, 2018

Good morning,

I just wanted to thank you for putting on the camp. Kaydin had such a wonderful time: he says it changed his life!  He is a ranch kid and has always had a love of nature, but you gave him a different perspective that he and I both really appreciate.  He looks forward to doing the camp again next year.


Trudy D.