Your Instructor

Tim MacWelch, Master Woodsman

School Founder and Head Instructor

Tim’s love of the outdoors started at a young age, growing up on a farm in the rolling hills of Virginia. Eating wild berries, fishing for trout and learning about the animals of the forest were an everyday part of his country life. This rustic setting built the foundation for the wilderness expertise that he brings to his classes and writing. Tim has been an active practitioner of survival and outdoor skills for over twenty-six years; and he has been actively teaching survival skills for the past 19 years.

Tim’s teaching experiences over the years have been rich and diverse. He has worked with Boy Scouts, youth groups, summer camps, as well as adults in all walks of life. Tim has provided outdoor skills training for numerous personnel in Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, all branches of the United States Military and the State Department along with other agencies.

Tim and his wilderness school have been on Good Morning America and National Geographic, and featured in several publications including Conde Nast Traveller Magazine and the Washington Post newspaper. Tim’s school was sponsored by Men's Journal and Rolling Stone magazine to provide seminars at two Camp Jeep events.

Tim produced 5 different outdoor related videos with Monkeysee, which are available on

Tim has written articles for Outdoor Life magazine, The Virginia Sportsman newspaper, and for several blogs and online survival sites. At the beginning of 2011, Tim became the head contributor for the Outdoor Life Survival website, and providing them with 3 articles per week, every week.

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