Worthwild Campaign

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Theodor Seuss Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss

Help Support Our Goal

Since 2001, the leadership of Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute has dramatically changed the paradigm of education. Integrating hands-on projects with daily rituals as practiced by influential life-long learners, such as John Westinghouse and the Dalai Lama, the Institute creates personalized lesson plans for individuals to develop a love for learning and to become productive members of society.

Through our K-12 school, students learn the same subjects they would in traditional schools, including math, science and English. Students are also encouraged to study what they are truly passionate about, such as design, horticulture or construction, and in their own learning style. In the wilderness for six hours per day, four to five days per week, for 180 days, students become deeply connected to nature as they develop grit. Through the organization’s total immersion wilderness camps and special events, teens and young adults embark on an intense co-curricular experience in which they develop skills to become self-reliant in the outdoors, which can be applied in the classroom, workplace and beyond.

To date, we have has served nearly 300 students, ranging in age from 4 to 80, and representing countries around the world, including England, France, Mexico, Germany and the United States.

“There are nearly half a dozen colleges and only a handful of high schools across the country where students do chores and work with their hands on real projects in a mixed aged setting where they can build a community,”

“Our model for education is based on long-term success and student happiness, not test scores. And, the results speak for themselves: Students see the relevance of their individualized curriculium and use their passion as a vehicle to study. As a result they love to learn and develop skills to pursue a career.”


Currently, Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute operates programming in rented facilities and public state parks. However, without a permanent home, resident programs, storing equipment and fostering long-term student projects is difficult. The new property will allow the Institute the opportunity to serve more students, offer additional programs and build a greater presence within the community.

The ranch is currently in production, could provide a tranquil setting for students of all ages to strengthen their love for the outdoors as they develop their skills and character. Returning veterans will have the space to heal their minds, bodies and souls while learning to train horses and dogs and strengthening relationships with their families. The nearly 200 acres is surrounded by forest land in every direction. Once fully functioning, the purchased property will be fully self-sustainable.

The Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute WorthWild crowdfunding campaign has launched and will run for 4 weeks. For contributions, donors will receive hand-made Thank You Gifts, including tuition to our youth and adult camps and workshops, handmade tools, artisan crafts, patchwork quilts, custom knives, fire kits and more. For more information about the Institute, visit:Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute Check Hereto go our WorthWild campaign.

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."
—Sir Ken Robinson
"You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"
—Theodor Seuss Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss