wilderness weekends

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.  

  • Friction Fire Basics
    August 12, 2017
    Join 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!
  • Nature Mentoring
    August 19, 2017
    Discover ways to create powerful learning experiences and deep connections with the natural world for your students, family or even yourself.
  • Hide Tanning
    Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
    This weekend we will learn how our ancestors transformed animal hides into beautiful and durable clothing material.
  • Bow Making
    October 20-22
    We will take bulky pieces of wood and work following the grain to transform them into sleek, efficient hunting tools.
  • Black Ash Baskets
    October 27-29
    Explore the process of making Adirondack pack baskets from the beautiful black ash tree.
  • Winter Tracking
    Winter, 2018
    Accomplished instructors Jason Hamilton and Jed Jordan will distill many years of teaching this skill into a track-packed weekend of honing your skills - starting from wherever you’re at, novice or seasoned naturalist alike.
  • Willow Basketry
    Spring, 2018
    Join 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 that will be complete by the end of the workshop.
  • Wild Spring Edibles
    Spring, 2018
    Walk 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!
"Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent." Richard Louv, Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'

Program Times

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

  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Weather appropriate and comfortable clothing
  • Sturdy Shoes

Adult Alumni & Staff Blog Posts

"Thank you for envisioning and providing the environment and experience that I got to be part of this weekend. Today made me fully realize that there is a strong enough primitive community in Ithaca to fulfill all of my knowledge for years to come. I am impressed by the workshops that you have been putting on in the last 6 months. I am very excited now that I will be devoting all of my Fridays to WSIC this spring/summer." Z.K., Workshop Participant

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