Adult In the Wilderness and Homesteading Training


Two Series to Give You the Skills to Have a Home off the Grid and to Make a Living or Recreating Away From That Home


“Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute strives to develop happy successful, emotionally intelligent empathic leaders with grit, which are well educated, skilled in creative, critical, and divergent thinking, capable of adaptability and collaboration, and are good stewards of the earth.

To that end Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute prepares its participants for occupations and lifestyles that the standard model schools do not even recognize are occupational options for their students.

We prepare our students to live where the closest town may be hours or days away; a life where food, water, power, communication, and medical is something that they must be able to provide for themselves. We also prepare our students to have a job that might require them to take a 4x4, mule, rappel, scuba, bush plane, or even parachute to get to the worksite.

Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute has two schools, one to prepare the participant to live in a homestead, and the other to work (or recreate) far from pavement.


In the Wilderness Series

The skills you should know to venture, work, or recreate after the pavement ends.

Homesteading Series

The skills you should know to be self-reliant living off the grid.
In the Wilderness -- An Overview of Program
In the Wilderness: Essentials -- Coed First Steps
In the Wilderness Series: Essentials -- Women Only First Steps
Instructor Certification for US Service Veterans only -- In the Wilderness Series
Instructor Certification -- In the Wilderness Series
Homesteading Series
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!"
—Hunter S. Thompson
"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams."
—Oprah Winfrey