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Work Skills Courses


WE BELIEVE IN... Maintaining Traditional Work Skills.

Because a strong back, calloused hands, and good craftsmanship should not be a thing of the past.

Here at the Red Ants Pants Foundation, we believe in teaching and sharing practical skills that can be used in our day-to-day lives, work places, and while we’re out exploring all that Montana has to offer. Each year, using proceeds from our Red Ants Pants Music Festival, we host multi-day Work Skills Courses designed to empower and educate women of all skill levels.


These courses not only provide an opportunity for skill-based development, they are rooted in connection through shared experience. Our courses are intenitionally setup with small student-to-instructor ratios to ensure there is plenty of hands-on experience. Courses fill quickly, please register early.

2024 Work Skills Courses
Dovetail Joinery ~ March 23-24, 2024
Trailer Backing ~ June 1, 2, 29, or 30, 2024
Carpentry 101 ~ September 12-15, 2024
Chainsaw 101 ~ September 19-22, 2024
Chainsaw 201 ~ September 26-29, 2024

Registration for
Dovetail Joinery: opens January 17, 2024 at 8 a.m.
Summer and Fall courses: opens April 1, 2024 at 8 a.m.

Select course of interest below to access the registration form

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Safety is our number one priority. Instructors will provide hands-on technical instruction in a manner that allows participants to feel comfortable and empowered. The course is physically demanding – students must be able to lift 20 lbs, bend at the waist, and be able to be on their feet for several hours at a time. Our courses take place in variable weather conditions and at times on uneven terrain.


We hope you are able to join us, if you require an accommodation in order to participate, please reach out so we can work with you directly. Questions? Contact us!

The Work Skills weekend was the most empowering and fun girls weekend I have ever had. Beautiful camping, gourmet food, fresh wildflowers on all the tables, and a group of amazing women learning to cut wood with chainsaws. Hell yeah!




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Dovetail Joinery


Trailer Backing

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