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

2017: Our 19th Year

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.

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 Programs: College-Accredited, GI Bill Approved

Our immersion programs integrate expedition and outdoor 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 Course Calendar for dates.

The Wilderness Bushcraft Semester
Length: 9 Weeks
Maximum Size: 10
College Credits: 12
Sessions Per Year: 2
When: Spring & Fall
Our flagship course.
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The Boreal Snowshoe Expedition
Length: 2 Weeks
Maximum Size: 8
College Credits: 5
Sessions Per Year: 2
When: Winter
Our winter course
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The Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester
Length: 4 Weeks
Maximum Size: 7
College Credits: 6
Sessions Per Year: 1
When: Summer
Our summer course
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Yearlong Immersion Program
Length: 5+ Months
Maximum Size: 4
College Credits: 23
Sessions Per Year: 1
Combines all 3
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Professional Training Serving A Variety Of Students

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.

Our Experience: Full-Time Professional Guides And Educators Since 1999

We’re professional educators; we’ve been teaching and guiding full time, year-round, since 1999. Our instructors are registered  and master Maine Guides licensed by the state. Our experience running long-term immersion programs is unmatched. As this field explodes with new schools and instructors, we’ve got 18 years and 39 long-term immersion programs behind us. 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 instructors Ben Spencer and Paul Sveum, as well as our educational philosophy.

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.


Our Sites
· JMB Field School – Long-Term Immersion: Semester & Expedition Programs
· JMB Trips – Classic Wilderness Guiding By Canoe & Snowshoe
· JMB Folk School – Short Courses, Crafts & Lodge-Based Programs
· School Of The Forest – Teen & Youth Programs
· BushcraftSchool.com – Distance Learning
· RustPond.com – Lakeside Lodging
· JM Outfitters – Gear From The World’s Smallest Outfitter

Our Blog
Our media hub, home to our articles, videos, podcasts and updates. More than 1450 posts going back to 2006.
· JMB Blog


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