What we're about

This is a group for everyone who feels we've lost touch with our roots -- feeling lost that most urban dwellers no longer know how to grow and preserve food, find food, etc. We'll meet and discuss, and do hands-on workshops to get back to our fundamental skills of self-reliance. This is all about modern empowerment -- looking to the past to find meaning in the future. This is an opportunity to network with like-minded people and learn what they are doing, and to learn and practice new skills each time we meet.

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LUNCHTIME YUCCA WORKSHOP

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Join us at this lunchtime workshop where we’ll do a short walk to learn about native and introduced flora. We’ll also discover some of the uses of the yucca plant, such as food and fibre. You will learn how to make twine, brushes, nets, and sandals from the yucca plants. Bring water. Meet at the intersection of Ventura and Windsor in Altadena. From the Windsor exit of the 210 freeway, drive north on Windsor until Ventura, where you will have to carefully park in the parking area on the west side of the street, overlooking the Arroyo Seco. Class Fee $25 More details here: http://www.christophernyerges.com/schedule.htm

FIRST AID /CPR /AED WORKSHOP (Certification Available)

Hahamonga Watershed County Park (formerly Oak Grove)

This 5-hour class covers Standard First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, Automated External Defibrillator use. You will learn about scene safety, personal protection equipment, bleeding control, wound care, general injuries, sudden illness first aid, and environmental first aid. Being outdoors people, we will put extra emphasis on outdoor first aid. You will be demonstrating proper CPR on manikins, so please dress in comfortable clothing. Several topics from the Advanced First Aid class are covered in this standard class since they are important topics to understand. First Aid Kits will also be discussed. The class runs 5 hours, which includes a very short lunch break (bring your own lunch - no time to go out to lunch). Please bring a camp chair, note pad, sunscreen and anything else you would like to bring along. Class fee is $40 for the lecture and hands-on practice. If you would like a 2-year certification through ECSI (Emergency Care and Safety Institute) there is an additional fee of $20 and you will also receive a first aid book in addition to the certification card. - You must RSVP to this class as we need to cap this class at 12 to assure proper instruction and proficiency. With your RSVP, please let us know if you will be doing the certification or just coming for the knowledge and hands-on experience. All RSVPs must be in 10 days prior to the class to assure the proper amount of supplies (and books - if getting certified) are ordered, and all reservations must be pre-paid. If you will be getting certified, please provide an email address - the cards are now sent electronically to your email after you complete the class. Taught by Keith Farrar, certified to teach Standard First Aid, Advanced First Aid and Title 22 First Aid (for First Responders). Keith teaches to State Park Docents, Sierra Club leaders as well as other organizations. Class Fee $40 ($60 if you would like the book and certification)

USEFUL PLANTS WALK

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We’ll walk into the Upper Arroyo, north of JPL, and see the flora of the late season, and see what’s alive, and what has died back. We’ll see acorns, and a variety of native and introduced flora. Bring water. A two hour exploratory walk. Meet at the intersection of Ventura and Windsor in Altadena. From the Windsor exit of the 210 freeway, drive north on Windsor until Ventura, where you will have to carefully park in the parking area on the west side of the street, overlooking the Arroyo Seco. From there, we will drive north into the JPL parking lot where we will begin our walk. Class Fee $25 More details here:https://www.christophernyerges.com/schedule.htm

SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS, URBAN FOCUS, 5-WEEKS, $65

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College. Call (626)[masked] for information and registration. Cost to college is $65. Class topics include uses of wild plants for food and medicine, storing food and water, purifying and finding water, electrical alternatives, toilet alternatives, emergency shelters, tools, first aid, contents of a “survival pack,” d more. Lots of hands-on. Taught by Nyerges.

Past events (497)

LUNCHTIME SHELTER WORKSHOP

Hahamonga Watershed County Park (formerly Oak Grove)

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