“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”

— Edward Abbey

Founded in 2018, the Boston Outdoor School seeks to connect individuals with the outdoors and provide positive educational experiences in nature.

Our courses are taught by experienced professional educators from across the northeastern United States. These experts bring a wealth of knowledge about topics ranging from wilderness first aid to orienteering, from survival skills to foraging, and beyond. We are thrilled to be connecting quality local outdoor leaders with interested individuals in the Greater Boston area.

Unless otherwise specified in our course descriptions, the Boston Outdoor School welcomes students over the age of 16 years from all walks of life and of all abilities.

Our work is guided by the following principles:

  1. Respect for nature and each other.

  2. Non-judgement. We applaud everyone - from the novice to the veteran - for showing up, staying curious, and engaging with the wilderness.

  3. Challenge and support. Moving beyond our comfort zone - with appropriate support - provides ample opportunities for growth.

  4. Patience. All good things take time.

  5. Compassion is our most valuable tool for understanding the world. We strive to lead with the heart.

Please see our Course Topics page for additional information.

About our Founder:

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Eliot Goodwin is an entrepreneur and outdoor enthusiast with over 15 years of professional experience in the environmental sector. He has previously served as a congressional intern on Capital Hill, directed the regional expansion of a solar energy company in upstate New York, and co-founded Faze1, Inc. — a home services marketing firm in Boston. Eliot holds a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley, MA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT. He resides in Medford, MA with his wife and two young daughters, and enjoys hiking with his dog, Banjo, in the Middlesex Fells nearly every day.