- Friction Fire BasicsAugust 12, 2017Join us for a day and learn the amazing art of making fire by friction. Learn all the basics and go home with a working friction fire kit!
- Hide TanningSept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017This weekend we will learn how our ancestors transformed animal hides into beautiful and durable clothing material.
- Bow MakingOctober 20-22, 2017We will take bulky pieces of wood and work following the grain to transform them into sleek, efficient hunting tools.
- Winter TrackingWinter, 2018Accomplished instructors Jason Hamilton and Jed Jordan will distill many years of teaching this skill into a track-packed weekend of honing your skills.
- Black Ash BasketsOctober 27-29Explore the process of making Adirondack pack baskets from the beautiful black ash tree.
- Willow BasketrySpring, 2018Join us for a weekend of wandering the creeks and floodplains harvesting willow and crafting willow baskets. Students will craft a medium to large willow basket.
- Wild Spring EdiblesSpring, 2018Walk with us through the spring landscape and get to know some of the most useful and delicious local wild plants. We will go beyond identification and learn how to harvest, process, and prepare a wild feast!
Ancient Skills. Good Company. Great Weekends!
Mastering the key elements needed for survival in the outdoors isn't just for wilderness instructors. Each skill we teach has a practical application but also simply shifts our perspective on how to live closer to nature. Expect to have your edges pushed and your skills tested no matter where you are in your wilderness skills journey.
"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." John Lubbock
Wilderness Weekends generally require all day Saturday and Sunday from 9am until late afternoon. Some programs have a Friday night component to allow enough time to finish projects. Please check your programs detail page for specific time tables.
What to Bring
- Water Bottle
- Lunch & Snacks
- Notebook & Pencil
- Weather appropriate and comfortable clothing
- Sturdy Shoes
"Each basket we weave has its own journey, from the mineral-rich ground that held the seeds, to the sunlight that provided their nourishment, to the water that flowed through them, to animals that sought them for refuge, to the appreciation with which they were harvested and then the intentions they were crafted with." A.V.N., Wilderness Year Participant