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Headwaters Outdoor School

Welcome to Headwaters Outdoor School

At 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. We also offer custom classes for schools, groups, and individuals. Class locations are in areas chosen for their abundance of wildlife, creeks, meadows, forests and spectacular views. Come back to Nature and discover a whole new world before you. Join us for a class today.

Headwaters is Family, Julie Boettler

It may sound cliche to say the people you meet become your family, but I can honestly say this has been a truth. The staff and students of Headwaters have made a significant impact on my life. People of all ages and backgrounds attain a sense of belonging and the social boundaries between us and them fade very quickly.

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Headwaters on YouTube

Check out a great video one of our students and friends put together for us.

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Boys Rites of Passage, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Sentinel article about the Boys Rites of Passage.

Wilderness school aims to guide teens into adulthood, and connect them with the earth

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Headwaters Teaches Compassion, Paul Dirks

There was a time when I thought that what made me as a person was my job, my possessions, and my financial success. To be the best mechanical engineer, to own the best boats, and to make tons of money. Then I started to spend time outdoors; no not just "camping" when I was a Boy Scout, hiking around a lot, or going on major backpacking trips. I mean really spend time "being" outdoors.

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Tim Corcoran Photography

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Meet the Teachers

Meet the Staff!

Apprentice at Headwaters

Apprentice at Headwaters