May 30, 2014 · 4:00 PM
Instructors: George Hedgepeth,Nick Dillingham, Rachel Mifsud
Registration contact: Rachel Mifsud,[masked]
Cost: $250 (Includes all meals and class materials.)
Friday we will start with the basics of a wilderness camp. We will build a lean to, set up our cooking fire, and discuss ways to manage food, water, and waste while camping. A traditional camp dinner will be served. We will end the evening around the fire, making our own ice cream and listening to teachings and stories about the natural world.
On Saturday, we will hold 4 concurrent sessions. Scheduled session topics include making your own pack frame, producing and using a sling, cooking over an open fire, and creating a bracelet from plant to finish. Several of the Saturday sessions have been left “open”. These session topics will be chosen by participants to tailor the weekend to the group’s desires. Possible topics include mushroom basics, edible roots, spring greens and shoots, fishing jigs and traps, small game traps and snares, knife/axe/saw skills, pond ecology, woodland ecology, intro to plant ID, tree ID, reptiles and amphibians, and medicinal plants. The evening offers an additional session on the sounds and movements of nocturnal animals or the opportunity for more talk around the fire.
Sunday we will spend the morning foraging. Students will have the opportunity to use skills and techniques they learned on Saturday as we gather from the fields and woods and prepare a meal. There will be time after lunch to finish projects or just relax before breaking camp.