Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161

A Weekend of 4 Wilderness Skills Workshops!

All Workshops are in Conway, MA


Saturday, July 14, 2018
WS1: Birch Bark Basket Making 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WS2: Wild Edibles & Medicinals 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 15, 2018
WS3: Primitive Fishing 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WS4: Intro to Wilderness Survival 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Attend All, Some or Just One!

For Families, Adults & Teens

All Workshops are in Conway, MA

If you plan to attend ALL 4 Workshops: REGISTER & PREPAY NOW & SAVE 10% ($207/adult, $112.50/child with adult, attending all 4 Workshops)



Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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birch bark baskets

You won’t want to miss this special event!

Join Basket expert Barry Keegan and Earthwork Programs for a day-long, hands-on Workshop!

We will learn:

  • sustainable harvesting techniques,
  • birch bark processing,
  • pine root sewing.

And, we will use raw materials from the land to create one-of-a-kind pieces that will be beautiful and functional.

$70/adult, $35/child with adult–materials included (must be prepaid)



Saturday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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Join Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs and Lenore Anderson of Natural Vitality for a unique “how to,” hands-on immersion experience in WILD FOOD and allow it to complement your current culinary habits and lifestyle. Come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicinals you can find right outside your back door. Because we specialize in certain plants in depth, there are certain ones we’ll be reviewing from last class as well.

You will learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles.

Discover how seasonal berries provide edible and medicinal benefits for humans and animals. Learn how to simmer wild berries into a healing syrup over a fire made by friction!

$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/Workshop if pay day of)



Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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fishHave you ever wondered how our ancestors were able to sustain themselves…not only surviving, but actually thriving? Primitive fishing has been one of the cornerstones of how it is done.

In this Workshop, learn

  • how to make a fish spear and techniques of stalking,
  • a way of making a fish net,
  • designing your own hooks and gorges, and
  • a tried-and-true method of “hand fishing” where we can catch and release and have had great success.

This is a real “game changer”–being able to go from nothing and making all of your own fishing lines, spears, gorges, lures, weirs, hooks and traps with all natural materials.

Join us! This class is for participants of all levels–no prerequisite required!

$60/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10 if pay day of)


Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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Are you a hiker, skier or just walk in the woods with your kids? What do you do if you get disoriented or some other unexpected situation arises while you’re out and about? Do you have a survival kit? What are the top 10 things you bring with you when you’re in the wilderness?

Frank Teaching tracking

When people are in extreme situations, they revert to their training…what kind of training do you have?

Earthwork Programs has been teaching these skills for more than 10 years.

  • Make fire with confidence in wet conditions as well as dry.
  • Learn the power of plants and their uses.
  • Discover ways to bring yourself closer to the land through tracking and awareness.

$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person if pay day of)



Want to stay overnight Saturday? Camping ($10/person, bring your own tent & supplies) and rustic cabins ($20/person, limited) are available at a nominal cost. Register by 7/29.


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* Bring own tent & supplies–$10/person

You can set up your tent in our big field – an 8-acre field of mowed grass. It is a short walk from there up to the main lodge where you can use the kitchen and dining room (the water is shut off during the winter).

(The bathroom and shower facilities are not available during the winter.)


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* Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$20/person (limited spots)

Both cabins have electricity. If it is cold, there is a space heater available. They are very plain, like a backyard shed. The bunks are metal camp-style with foam mattresses, but we have multiple mattresses if you want to stack them for more comfort. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags. Both cabins are just a few steps from the lodge where you can use the kitchen and dining room (the water is shut off during the winter).
— Fox Cabin has two bunkbeds to sleep 4 people.
— Eagle Cabin is larger and can accommodate 6 people in 3 bunkbeds.

The bathroom and shower facilities are not available during the winter.

Bouchard Lodge

The Lodge is a rustic multi-purpose camp building.

The kitchen has a commercial gas range, several refrigerators, 2 sinks (water is not available during the winter), and a microwave. It is fully equipped with pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, etc.  We just ask that you clean up after yourselves and recycle into the appropriate containers.

The dining area is very flexible. We have folding tables and chairs that you can use as needed, a small nature library for reference, and a cabinet of board games. There is an old tv and a pile of videotapes that you are welcome to use.


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