Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161
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Wilderness Outdoor Adventure Bobcat Monthly Program

For new and returning students. Enjoy a monthly day of fun and hands-on experience with wilderness skills: wildlife tracking, primitive fire making, shelter building, plant identification, scout invisibility and more. Plenty of outdoor adventure.

WHO: Ages 8+
WHERE: Conway and other Locations in the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts
WHEN: Saturdays, March 25, April 22, May 27
HOW MUCH:
$65-$75/class, sliding scale

 

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My son participates in a weekly afterschool program and summer camps with Earthworks. Anything Earthworks is his favorite thing to do. Earthworks provides a perfect balance of learning, fun, and self-discovery that leaves my son feeling happier, smarter, and more fulfilled. When he is out in the woods with the Earthworks staff, he gets to experience the best of himself, and that leads to a sense of serenity and self-confidence that carries over into his life at home and at school. We feel lucky to have such an amazing program in our community. WolfQuest-Amherst Parent

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Winter Tracking Workshop (WS 4)

Sunday, February 26, 1-4 pm

Workshop 4 of WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND

Have you ever been in the woods and wonder “who’s been here?” Join us for the art and science of tracking. Learn how to read signs and tell the stories of the landscape and learn terminology so you can have a common language for wildlife conservation efforts. In our tracking classes, throughout the year, beginner and expert trackers come together and are immersed in ancient and modern teachings. Explore your understanding of the natural world through the eyes of a tracker. Bring your field guides, journal and sense of wonder.

There’s no better teacher than experience…learn and practice,
* the 5 arts of tracking;
* the art of questioning;
* 3 perspectives of tracking;
* mind’s eye training;
* field journaling!

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

REGISTER FOR WINTER TRACKING

WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND–SCHEDULE

Saturday, 2/25 & Sunday, 2/26

Sat, 9-12: Winter Shelter
Sat, 1-4: WinterFire

* Stay overnight in a tent or shelter you built…$5/person; rustic cabin…$8/person (very limited space)

Sun, 9-12: Ice Safety
Sun, 1-4: Winter Tracking

FOUR WILDERNESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS–2 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday!

ice safety

Ice Safety Workshop (WS 3)

Sunday, February 26, 9 am-12 pm

Workshop 3 of WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND

Ice Safety

Attention: Skaters, Ice Fishermen, Snowmobilers, Skiiers, Hikers, Children Just Playing on the Ice

Would you know what to do if you fell through the ice, or one of your loved ones…perhaps a family member…plunged into the excruciating frigid water? This is a terrifying thought, and people have lost loved ones in this scenario; it is a REAL concern. However, taking the time to educate yourself and your family gives you an incredible edge that can make the difference between life and death.

Although this situation seems grim, we can help you understand that ICE SAFETY training is an extremely important SKILL that you can acquire. You and your friends/family can be prepared and know exactly what to do.

Being prepared and knowing how to respond provides a comfort and security that nothing else can. With this new-found knowledge and skill, you know what to do for yourself, as well as if someone you witness falls through the ice. In this class, you will learn:

  • how to approach the ice
  • how to read the ice while travelling over lakes, rivers
  • how to determine ice thickness so you know what places are safe on lakes, ponds, rivers
  • how to deal with the initial first minute of submersion–one that you can be prepared for in this class
  • how to determine which direction to swim as the ice breaks under you

Learn the different strategies and rescue procedures for what to do before, during and after someone goes through the ice.

For Adults, Teens & Famlies
$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10 if pay day of)

REGISTER FOR ICE SAFETY

WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND–SCHEDULE

Saturday, 2/25 & Sunday, 2/26

Sat, 9-12: Winter Shelter
Sat, 1-4: WinterFire

* Maybe stay overnight in a tent or shelter you built…$5/person; rustic cabin…$8/person (very limited space)

Sun, 9-12: Ice Safety
Sun, 1-4: Winter Tracking

winter fire

WinterFire Workshop (WS 2)

Saturday, February 25, 1-4 pm

Workshop 2 of WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND

WinterFire

Attention: Skiers, Snowmobilers, Ice Fishermen, Skaters, Hunters, Outdoor Enthusiasts!

Have you ever struggled to get a fire going or got lost on a hike on a snowy mountain?

A fire may be the difference between life and death.

This 3-hour Workshop will not only entertain you, but it may save your life! You’ll learn how to take these 3 things, and why you should have them every time the temperature drops below 32 degrees…because they will start a fire every single time you apply the methods you will learn in this Workshop.

Have you ever made a fire on the snow? Do you know how to make fire? What if you and your family are hiking, skiing or out for a drive and get stranded? A fun outing can become a potential life threatening emergency rather quickly given certain conditions. How would you stay warm?

Here you’ll learn one of the most important outdoor skills: how to survive in the wilderness in winter and develop some outdoor survival skills in fire-starting methods and techniques.

For Adults, Teens & Famlies
$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10 if pay day of)

REGISTER FOR WINTERFIRE!

WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND–SCHEDULE

Saturday, 2/25 & Sunday, 2/26

Sat, 9-12: Winter Shelter
Sat, 1-4: WinterFire

* Maybe stay overnight in a tent or shelter you built…$5/person; rustic cabin…$8/person (very limited space)

Sun, 9-12: Ice Safety
Sun, 1-4: Winter Tracking

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Winter Shelter Workshop (WS 1)

Saturday, February 25, 9 am-12 pm

Workshop 1 of WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND

Winter Shelter Building

The art of staying safe & warm in the cold

Building a winter shelter is both a needed survival skill and a great way to enjoy the outdoors this season.

In this family- and adult-oriented class, you will learn the basics of making three kinds of winter shelters:

  • The Quinzee
  • Tarp Craft
  • Thermal Mass Shelter

We will also concentrate on how to stay warm in the winter without shelter and techniques to prevent hypothermia, frostbite and other cold related injuries.Come away from this class with practical tools for staying safe and enjoying all of what winter has to offer!

For Adults, Teens & Famlies
$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10 if pay day of)

REGISTER FOR WINTER SHELTER

WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND–SCHEDULE

Saturday, 2/25 & Sunday, 2/26

Sat, 9-12: Winter Shelter
Sat, 1-4: WinterFire

* Maybe stay overnight in a tent or shelter you built…$5/person; rustic cabin…$8/person (very limited space)

Sun, 9-12: Ice Safety
Sun, 1-4: Winter Tracking

Make Your Own Pack Basket Workshop

$60/adult, $30/child with adult–MUST BE PREPAID (materials included)

Basswood Splint Basket by Barry Keegan
In this 1-day long workshop, we will weave splints of pre-prepared basswood outer bark into rectangular baskets of a height of 10 inches. The splints can be facing either way, if you chose to have the outer bark facing out or inner, or a combination for a checkered look. The base is woven like a place mat, and a rectangle formed by hand without wood block forms.

We will loosely weave the weavers for the first 4 rows, which are non-continuous, with an even number of spokes,  placing overlaps of weaver ends at different sides as we weave upward. After the fourth row, all previous weavers will be tightened and the next rows of weavers added up to the final 10 inch height. Then we will double up weavers to make a thick rim. This we will lace back and forth in an X pattern with basswood inner bark to complete the baskets. Weaving pattern for base as well as sides are over one and under one.

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WHO: Adults, Teens & Families
WHERE: Haydenville, MA
HOW MUCH: $60/adult, $30/child with adult–MUST BE PREPAID (materials included)

MONDAY, 4/18 & TUESDAY, 4/19–we will be building a wigwam at Valley View Farm. It’s a community event–time to gather and practice skills together! Please contact Frank if you are interested in helping out!

Winter Tracking Workshop (WS 4)

$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid

Workshop 4 of WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND

Have you ever been in the woods and wonder “who’s been here?” Join us for the art and science of tracking. Learn how to read signs and tell the stories of the landscape and learn terminology so you can have a common language for wildlife conservation efforts. In our tracking classes, throughout the year, beginner and expert trackers come together and are immersed in ancient and modern teachings. Explore your understanding of the natural world through the eyes of a tracker. Bring your field guides, journal and sense of wonder.

There’s no better teacher than experience…learn and practice,
* the 5 arts of tracking;
* the art of questioning;
* 3 perspectives of tracking;
* mind’s eye training;
* field journaling!

For Adults, Teens, Families
$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person if pay day of)

Register online at www.earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161 for more information.
WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND–2nd Annual–SCHEDULE

Saturday, 2/27 & Sunday, 2/28

Sat, 9-12: Winter Shelter
Sat, 1-4: WinterFire

* Stay overnight in a tent or shelter you built…$5/person; rustic cabin…$8/person (very limited space)

Sun, 9-12: Ice Safety
Sun, 1-4: Winter Tracking

FOUR WILDERNESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS–2 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday!

Ice Safety Workshop (WS 3)

Workshop 3 of WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND

Ice Safety

Attention: Skaters, Ice Fishermen, Snowmobilers, Skiiers, Hikers, Children Just Playing on the Ice

Would you know what to do if you fell through the ice, or one of your loved ones…perhaps a family member…plunged into the excruciating frigid water? This is a terrifying thought, and people have lost loved ones in this scenario; it is a REAL concern. However, taking the time to educate yourself and your family gives you an incredible edge that can make the difference between life and death.

Although this situation seems grim, we can help you understand that ICE SAFETY training is an extremely important SKILL that you can acquire. You and your friends/family can be prepared and know exactly what to do.

Being prepared and knowing how to respond provides a comfort and security that nothing else can. With this new-found knowledge and skill, you know what to do for yourself, as well as if someone you witness falls through the ice. In this class, you will learn:

  • how to approach the ice
  • how to read the ice while travelling over lakes, rivers
  • how to determine ice thickness so you know what places are safe on lakes, ponds, rivers
  • how to deal with the initial first minute of submersion–one that you can be prepared for in this class
  • how to determine which direction to swim as the ice breaks under you

Learn the different strategies and rescue procedures for what to do before, during and after someone goes through the ice.

For Adults, Teens & Famlies
$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid (add $10 if pay day of)

REGISTER ONLINE

WINTER OUTDOOR SKILLS ADVENTURE WEEKEND–2nd Annual–SCHEDULE

Saturday, 2/27 & Sunday, 2/28

Sat, 9-12: Winter Shelter
Sat, 1-4: WinterFire

* Maybe stay overnight in a tent or shelter you built…$5/person; rustic cabin…$8/person (very limited space)

Sun, 9-12: Ice Safety
Sun, 1-4: Winter Tracking

 

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