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Legacy Wilderness Academy


"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children" Proverbs 13:22a


"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein" Psalm 24:1
Who We Are and What We Do

     Legacy Wilderness Academy is a Christian, family-owned business that was founded with the goal of helping families flourish by educating people about the natural world around them.


     According to the Word of God, it is the Christian’s God-given duty to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”(Genesis 1:28 ESV) This command is commonly referred to as the “dominion mandate”.


     Our long-term goal at Legacy Wilderness Academy is to help equip families to be better able to fulfill this clear command in Scripture with education in biology, ecology, wildlife observation and tracking, habitat management and restoration, desert regreening, botany, forestry, gardening, self-sufficiency, outdoor skills, and small-scale sustainable design. Although we are a LONG way off from reaching this goal, this is our vision for the future.   


     One of our key convictions is that “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children”(Prov. 13:22a) That is to say, that in everything we do as Christian’s we should be seeking to leave a legacy behind that will benefit future generations.


Current Projects

     At this time Legacy Wilderness Academy is mostly focused on online education, although our goal is to someday have a site to teach in-person classes and workshops.


     Our latest project is an online course, Fundamentals of Wilderness Survival- Essential Knowledge for Travel in the Backcountry, which takes an in-depth look at wilderness survival and safe-travel skills. This course is designed to take even the most unskilled city-dweller and equip them with the knowledge necessary to turn themselves into a skilled woodsman. 


     This year we are working on two new online courses. The first, Foraging 101, will focus on the basics of plant identification and will take the learner through everything they need to know to be able to consume wild-harvested edible plants. 


     The second course will be geared towards plants of the Sonoran Desert specifically, and will highlight the beauty and natural history of the region. Both are set to be released by the end of 2022.


   Matthew also teaches two online courses through Kepler Education: “Foraging 101: Identifying and Harvesting Wild Plants for Food” and “Fundamentals of Wilderness Survival


    Kepler Education is an online, Christian classical school for jr.high and high school students. To learn more, visit https://kepler.education/t/matthew.hunter/?tab=courses 


Where We Draw the Line

     At Legacy Wilderness Academy we believe that America as we know is crumbling away at an alarming rate, and we won’t stand for it! That’s why we think it’s important to clarify where we stand on some of today’s important issues.


   First, we believe in the inerrancy, infallibility, and God-breathed inspiration of Scripture. 


   Second, we reject evolution. We believe God created the heavens, the Earth, and all that they contain in six literal days.


    Third, we reject the social “justice” movement, also known as Marxism. We find it incompatible with a Biblical worldview and true justice as defined by the Bible.


    Fourth, we believe that today’s biggest and most pressing cultural issue is the murder of unborn children in womb, otherwise know as abortion. We believe in order to fulfill the dominion mandate and solve any environmental issue, we must first start by purging the evil from our midst, for “He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.” (Psalm 107:33-34)


    Lastly, we believe it is every Christian’s duty to preach the glorious Gospel of Christ, to disciple the nations, and to infiltrate every sphere of the culture, from education, to business, government, science, etc. For,


Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 11:29:11-13) 


-Matthew Hunter

Lead Instructor

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