Wilderness School

Montreat Conference Center wilderness education

(Limited availability during summer months)

Montreat Wilderness School is a wonderful opportunity for classrooms, scout groups, conferences and seminars, church retreat groups, afterschool programs, Sunday school classes, and family groups to have fun, be more active, and learn about our world—all at the same time.

Sample Programming

We encourage teachers to work with us to dovetail programs into their current curriculum. Often our activities can fulfill state learning requirements.

  • Arrange a guided hike on one of Montreat’s many trails, customized for your group’s interest
  • Walk in the woods, exploring its ecosystems, flora, and fauna first hand
  • Explore the world of tracks and the animals that make them
  • Explore one of mankind’s earliest discoveries, a source of heat, power, and wonder even today
  • Learn what it takes to survive in the wilderness
  • Build a tower using only timber and ropes
  • Navigate through our orienteering course using only a map and compass
  • Wander beneath stately trees
  • Determine whether you are predator or prey
  • Become part of your surroundings
  • Discover what happens in the woods when the sun goes down
  • Find out where our water comes from
  • Learn skills for leadership such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, and trust.
  • Night hike: Learn what happens in the woods under moonlight.

Program Pricing*

Custom Guided Hike: Hikes are $75 per group up to 15 people; additional fee of $3 per person for every 15 additional people (Does not include lunch)

Educational Workshops: Most sessions are $15 per student with no charge for chaperones. Additional sessions or multi-day programming will be priced on a case by case basis.  Sessions are usually about 3 hours.

*Additional charges may apply for special programming. Please ask about pricing for your particular schedule or needs. All fees subject to N.C. sales tax.

Wilderness Director

Jason Nanz comes to Montreat from Roanoke, Va. He is a 2006 graduate of Roanoke College with a degree in music and theology. Jason is an Eagle Scout and has been involved with the wilderness program at Montreat Conference Center for the past five years.

Jason has experience in environmental education, leadership training, primitive living skills, and wilderness conservation. He is enrolled in the NC Environmental Educator Certification Program and has spent time as a field instructor at Nature’s Classroom in Mentone, AL, a guest instructor at Turtle Island Preserve, and an instructor for the BSA’s Junior Leadership Training Conference.

Jason can be contacted at
M: 540.797.2334

Download the Montreat Wilderness School Planning Guide for more information! You may also download the Liability Waiver individually.

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