About Me

Author, educator, world traveler, self-directed learning advocate, entrepreneur, summer camp junkie, trail runner.

Quick Bio

Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning (September 2014), Better Than College, and College Without High School.

Blake and his work have appeared on TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC Travel, Fox Business, Ignite, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of The Wall Street Journal and Wired.com.


In 2003 Blake was studying astrophysics at UC Berkeley when he stumbled upon the works of John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, and other alternative education pioneers. Deeply inspired by the philosophies of unschooling and free schools, Blake custom-designed his final two years of college to study education full-time. After graduating he joined the Not Back to School Camp community and began writing and speaking widely on the subject of self-directed learning.

In his previous lives, he has worked as a high-volume cook, Aurora Borealis physics researcher, delivery truck driver, math tutor, outdoor science teacher, EMT medic, summer camp director, market researcher, web designer, and windsurfing and tree climbing instructor. He keeps a running goal (and failure) list. His biggest passion is sharing his enthusiasm and experience with young adults who are blazing their own trails through life. He is 31 years old.

My Work

Big Projects

(Last update: August 2014)

Find Me Online

I post often on Facebook, where you can follow me publicly.

tweet and blog at unpredictable intervals.

blake-desk-smallI send big updates about my writing and projects to my author mailing list every few months. I also give away some of my published work for free. You should be on it.

Recent Published Work

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Crowdfunding Campaigns


A Few Passions
Some People I Admire




This is by no means an exhaustive list.

Some People To Whom I’m Indebted

My smart, supportive parents. Grace and Jim for guiding my young-adult career path. My college, summer camp, and outdoor education co-workers. The Not Back to School Camp and Deer Crossing Camp communities. Every parent who ever sent their child on an Unschool Adventures program. The incredible community of people on the Internet who I’ve never met and who generously support and promote my work.

This is also not an exhaustive list.

Some Open Questions


Photo: Nicholas Walker