Bushcraft, Guide Training & Wilderness Expedition School. College-Accredited, GI Bill-Approved Semester Programs.

Celebrating Over 2 Decades Of Full-Time Experience

We help people become more skilled, more knowledgeable, more experienced and more confident outdoors by using traditional skills, a few simple tools and field-based experience. Whether you’re looking to go from city slicker to competent outdoor professional, want to experience a remote expedition, or just want to learn a few new outdoor skills, we’ve got you covered.

In addition to our field school immersion and week-long programs, we also short courses, guided wilderness trips, team building workshops and more. Find all of them on our web portal.

Tim Smith, M.Ed. Founder & Registered Master Maine Guide


“The most accomplished backwoodsman you’ll ever meet. This is Tim Smith.”       – The Discovery Channel

Our Immersion Programs: College-Accredited, GI Bill ® Approved

Our 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. Visit our Calendar for dates.

The Wilderness Bushcraft Semester
Length: 9 Weeks
Maximum Size: 12
College Credits: 10
Sessions Per Year: 2
When: Spring & Fall
Tuition: $7100
Our flagship course.
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The Boreal Snowshoe Expedition
Length: 2 Weeks
Maximum Size: 8
College Credits: 2
Sessions Per Year: 1
When: Winter
Tuition: $2050
Our winter expedition program.
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The Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester
Length: 4 Weeks
Maximum Size: 8
College Credits: 6
Sessions Per Year: 1
When: Summer
Tuition: $3600
Our canoe expedition program.
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Yearlong Immersion Program
Length: 12 Months
Maximum Size: 4
College Credits: 18
Tuition: $17,750
For Wilderness Bushcraft Semester graduates, the most comprehensive training available anywhere. Full-time, residential.
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Who We Are: Full-Time Professional Guides And Educators Since 1999

We’re a team of professional educators; we’ve been teaching and guiding full time, year-round, since 1999. Our instructors are Registered Master Maine Guides and Registered Maine Guides licensed by the state in the hunting, fishing, sea kayaking and recreation categories and background checked by the FBI. We’ve got over 20 years and 47 long-term immersion programs behind us.
We are not aspiring instructors, wannabee guides, hobbyist outdoorsmen, internet celebrities, the ‘flavor of the week’, or reality tv personalities.

Experience matters. Our programs and methods are based on our extensive experience, not untested theories. No other school has our level of experience. No school has been doing it longer. No school has run as many long-term programs. Read more about founder Tim Smith and our educational philosophy.

Our Students: Seeking Professional Training And Personal Enrichment

We’ve had immersion-program students from all over the world ranging in age from 18-55. The common thread has been a strong interest in traditional ways of living on the land. While we’re open to people from all walks of life, we specifically work with:

College & Gap Year Students
Earn a full semester of college credits while living the woods life. Scholarships available. Eligible for Americorps education awards.
Guides & Outdoor Professionals
Professional training for the outdoor industry. Our field-based training gives you the knowledge and experience needed to turn pro and become a registered guide. Certifications available.
Military Veterans
Approved by the GI Bill and Vocational Rehab (Ch. 31). 100% of tuition and fees covered for certain programs.

The Anthropological Approach

Our approach to teaching bushcraft and outdoor living is what we call the anthropological approach, and is based on studying the cultures that have lived close to the land for millennia. It’s about being adaptable and learning from those who have done it and lived it, rather than trying to force a square peg into a round hole and force a pre-existing ideology onto a situation where it may not be appropriate. In addition to studying other cultures, this approach forces us to take an objective look at our own culture.

We also use the hard sciences of ecology to learn about the world around us and the principles of experiential education to build skill and muscle memory. Our programs are non-tactical and non-hippy.

Our Field School: 61-Acres Off The Grid In Masardis, Maine

Our immersion programs are based at our 61-acre riverside field school, located off the grid in Aroostook County, Maine. Life at the field school is full and simple. It’s a working homestead with organic  gardens, solar power, a hand-pump well, humanure compost etc.; we’re living it, not playing at it. We’re also directly across the street from the North Maine Woods, a 3.5 million acre working forest.

What Our Students Say

“The Wilderness Bushcraft Semester profoundly changed my life – allowing me to challenge myself through opportunities and experiences I had, previously, only dreamed of.”  –  Jens Rasmussen, Fall 2007 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester

Read more of what our students have said: Testimonials and Google Reviews.

About The GI Bill ®

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

JMBS Programs & Sites
· Field School – Professional Training, Semester & Expedition Programs. Masardis, Maine.
· Folk School – Lodge-Based & Short Programs. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
· Classic Wilderness Guiding – Canoe, Snowshoe & Sea Kayak Trips
· School Of The Forest – Teen & Youth Programs
· BushcraftSchool.com – JMBS Online Learning Academy
· Jack Mountain Outfitters – Gear For The Professional Woodsman
· JMB Web Portal – Guide To All Our Programs & Sites

JMBS Master Calendar
All scheduled programs.
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JMB Blog & Media Hub
Home to our blog, videos, podcast, photos and updates, going back to 2006.
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