About Wilderness Arts Institute
Wilderness Arts Institute was founded in 2003. Our Natural History, Bushcraft & Wilderness Survival programs are intended to help people directly engage in the natural world and ultimately develop a deeper affection for the land.
David Cronenwett was the Naturalist-in-Residence at The Nature Conservancy's Pine Butte Guest Ranch for 5 years and has been teaching Natural History, Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival since 1999. He has introduced many people to the wild beauty of Montana's landscapes, particularly the spectacular Rocky Mountain Front. He continues to teach courses and workshops on related topics throughout the year. He is an accomplished writer, classical guitarist and holds a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. David lives in Choteau, Montana.
If you would like to learn more about WAI or contact David Cronenwett, please use the contact form on this site.
Northern Bushcraft in the Field
September 13, 2014
Go beyond mere survival in the woods to address longer-term (and fun!) wilderness living skills. Venture into the forest to learn tool use, friction fire, natural crafting, uses of native plants,shelter options and traditional subsistence methods. We will also discuss the relevance and ethical issues of practicing traditional “bushcraft” in the age of Leave No Trace. Your outdoor skills will grow substantially and you will never look at the wilderness the same way again!
You'll need a high-quality, non-folding knife. If you do not currently own one, a Mora knife can be purchased from the instructor for $20, payable at class.
Class meeting location will be sent out via email in the week before class. You'll travel as a group to a location roughly 20 minutes out of town.To register contact the Helena College Continuing Education department at 406-447-6945 or click here.
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
October 18, 2014
Ever wonder what you should do in a backcountry survival situation? How about how do avoid them altogether? This workshop will give you the skills and address the psychological issues that a survivor could face in Montana's backcountry, as well as how to avoid common mistakes that can lead to a life-threatening scenario. We’ll cover hands-on skills like modern and primitive fire making, powerful use of the bush knife, emergency shelter construction and survival kits, as well as the “survivor’s mind” and how to keep it working for you! Get ready for your autumn backcountry adventures by learning time-tested wilderness skills with expert instructor and author, David Cronenwett.
Sponsored by Helena College
$99.00 per person
Course will take place on the Helena National Forest
Go to the Bushcraft and Survival page for a complete course listing!