I love shows like Revolution, Jericho, Falling Skies, and Survivors (I preferred the remake done in 2008 over the original). I can’t say I was impressed by Alaska: The Last Frontier, however, once I found out that the family involved are actually pretty wealthy and most of what’s on the tv show is just their preferred way of doing things rather than a necessity (they certainly aren’t in any danger of going hungry if the garden fails or they don’t get enough hunting done!). I recommend Frontier House, about 3 families who agree to live in Montana as though they were back in the 1880’s and are judged by experts & historians on their success. If it’s not on Netflix, you can find it on YouTube.
Founded in 1978, this school is perhaps the most spiritually-driven on our list; but it is no less a superb place to learn some valuable survival skills. In fact, they’d tell you that the incorporation of spirituality into their courses is a boon to their students, rather than a drawback. This is because it instills in people a calm and collectedness that makes for better handling of stressful survival situations. That is what Tom Brown Jr. brings to the table – the teachings he learned personally from an Apache elder and shaman. And its what makes this school unique and valuable.