Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161

Earthwork Survival Skills w/Zoar

 

This Program is an introduction to survival fires, shelter building and discovering wild edibles.

Learn skills that have been passed down for generations: starting fires without a match, building shelters that could save your life in an emergency situation, identifying and gathering wild edibles, and recognizing medicinal plants. Learn the skills to have peace of mind in the woods as well as be prepared for comfort in the outdoors without a tent.

Classes take place on the 90 acres on and around Zoar Outdoor in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains and Deerfield River Valley. No prior experience is required.

All full-day Programs will provide a delicious picnic-style lunch with salads, homemade breads for deli-style sandwiches, cookies and, perhaps, foraged edibles prepared over an open fire. A sheath with knife will also be provided for you.

Classes will be held rain or shine; please be prepared to be outdoors in the event of rain.

October 15, October 22, October 29
November 5, November 12, November 19

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Minimum Age: 14, or 10 with an accompanying adult

$120/adult, $100/child; 50% deposit required

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER THROUGH ZOAR: http://www.zoaroutdoor.com/instruction/earthworks-survival-skills.htm

Wilderness Extravaganza–4th Annual!

wild edibles--Autumn

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, Sept 24, & Sunday, Sept 25, 2016

5 Workshops (click here for descriptions)! Attend all, some or just one!

Join Frank Grindrod & Earthwork Programs to learn new and practice old wilderness skills.

All Workshops are in Conway, MA

For Adults & Teens; some Workshops are great for Families too!

Saturday, 9/24

9:00-12:00 The Skill of the Knife WS 1  Adults, Teens, Families w/children 8 years+
1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles & Medicinals WS 2 Adults, Teens, Families
5:00-8:00 Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making WS 3 * Adults, Teens, Families

Sunday, 9/25
9:30-12:30 The Art of Fire WS 4 Adults, Teens, Families
1:30-4:30 Animal Tracking plus BONUS–Bird Language WS 5 Adults, Teens, Families

REGISTER NOW for one, some or ALL!

 

Bring your field guides, a journal and sense of wonder!

Cost:

ALL WORKSHOPS EXCEPT WILD EDILBES & PRIMITIVE COOKING: Per Workshop–$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person/Workshop if pay day of)

WILD EDIBLES: $50/adult prepaid; $30/child with adult

PRIMITIVE COOKING: $65/adult prepaid; $30/child with adult–MUST BE PREPAID TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP

TOTAL $250 FOR ALL 5 FOR ONE ADULT, prepaid.

Register for all 5 Workshops, save 10% (prepaid)–$225!

 

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

tentOpportunity to stay overnight on the land on Saturday night!
* Bring own tent & supplies–$5/person/night
* SOLD OUT (waitlist started) Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$8/person/night (very limited spots)
Both options have use of the kitchen, showers & toilets

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 18 (www.earthworkprograms.com and click REGISTER HERE and select the Camping box; be sure to include how many people)

REGISTER ONLINE!

Elderberry Syrup--medicinal

Wild Edibles Workshop (WS 2, WE 4)

$50/adult/Workshop (add $10/person if pay day of)

WILD EDIBLES IMMERSION SERIES

(you don’t have to attend all Workshops in the Series)
Join us for this unique experience and come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicines you can find right outside your back door.

You will learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles. Additionally you will learn how to harvest with intention; keeping in mind the importance of the responsibility we have as foragers and earth stewards.

A responsible, attentive forager always finds a meal!

$50/adult/Workshop (add $10/person if pay day of)

REGISTER HERE

VISIT our Wild Edibles page for a slide show and videos.
BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT

2016 DATES
Sat, August 6, 4:30-7:30 pm (Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout Weekend!)
Sat, September 24, 1-4 pm (Wilderness Extravaganza Weekend!)
Sun, October 23, 1-4 pm
Sun, November 13, 1-4 pm

Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout Weekend! 2nd Annual!

Attend All, Some or Just One!

(Workshop fees vary…see below)

A Weekend of 4 Wilderness Skills Workshops!

For Families, Adults & Teens

All Workshops are in Conway, MA

BERRIES, BASKETS & BROOK TROUT WEEKEND:

Saturday, August 6, 2016
WS1: Birch Bark Basket Making 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WS2: Wild Edibles & Medicinals 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 7, 2016
WS3: Primitive Fishing 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WS4: Intro to Wilderness Survival 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

REGISTER ONLINE

BIRCH BARK BASKET MAKING

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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.

$60/adult, $30/child with adult–materials included (must be prepaid)

WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS

Saturday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for this unique experience and 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.

Possible Focus: Black trumpets, Chanterelles, Chrome foot, different type of suillus mushrooms and field plants, cats ear, dewberries, knotweed, horsetail, milkweed pods, sumac, dock, heal all, etc.

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

PRIMITIVE FISHING

Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Have 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)

INTRODUCTION TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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?

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.

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

REGISTER ONLINE

10% discount if register and prepay for all 4 Workshops!

Want to stay overnight Saturday? Camping $5/person (bring your own tent & supplies), rustic cabins $8/person (limited). Register by 7/29.

BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT

REGISTER ONLINE

Wild Edibles Workshop (WE 3)

$50/adult/Workshop (add $10/person if pay day of)

WILD EDIBLES IMMERSION SERIES

(you don’t have to attend all Workshops in the Series)
Join us for this unique experience and come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicines you can find right outside your back door.

You will learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles. Additionally you will learn how to harvest with intention; keeping in mind the importance of the responsibility we have as foragers and earth stewards.

A responsible, attentive forager always finds a meal!

$50/adult/Workshop (add $10/person if pay day of)

REGISTER HERE

VISIT our Wild Edibles page for a slide show and videos.
BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT

2016 DATES
Sat, August 6, 4:30-7:30 pm (Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout Weekend!)
Sat, September 24, 1-4 pm (Wilderness Extravaganza Weekend!)
Sun, October 23, 1-4 pm
Sun, November 13, 1-4 pm

Wild Edibles Workshop (WE 2)

$50/adult/Workshop (add $10/person if pay day of)

WILD EDIBLES IMMERSION SERIES

(you don’t have to attend all Workshops in the Series)
Join us for this unique experience and come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicines you can find right outside your back door.

You will learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles. Additionally you will learn how to harvest with intention; keeping in mind the importance of the responsibility we have as foragers and earth stewards.

A responsible, attentive forager always finds a meal!

$50/adult/Workshop (add $10/person if pay day of)

REGISTER HERE

VISIT our Wild Edibles page for a slide show and videos.
BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT

2016 DATES
Sat, July 9, 9 am-12 pm
Sat, August 6, 4:30-7:30 pm (Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout Weekend!)
Sat, September 24, 1-4 pm (Wilderness Extravaganza Weekend!)
Sun, October 23, 1-4 pm
Sun, November 13, 1-4 pm

Making Fruit Leather with Wild Berries

A Great Way for the Whole Family to Connect with NatureAutumn Olive Bush Full

There’s something magical about gathering your own food as a family, and what an education for children and for families to have this experience together. Learning how to see through the eyes of a forager really helps to create a bond with the natural world so we can develop deeper relationships through routines and rituals, especially when you immerse yourself in our forests and fields.

I remember talking with a Seneca man of the Haudenosaunee nation (People of the Longhouse). He told me a story of the origin of the strawberry and how this plant heals human relations. There is a special ceremony, and in honor of the strawberry festival, no one would eat a single berry before the ceremony. It is a full day of songs, stories, dances and giving thanks that the strawberries have returned once again. This also begins the time of the berry ripening. This was not only time to be thankful for the strawberry but all of creation. Strawberries are called big medicine and the leader of the berries because they are the first to ripen and begin the berry harvesting time; they are also shaped like hearts. The Seneca man told me they drink the juice as a way of rejuvenation. There is a whole culture around harvesting berries. We can learn a lot from other cultures that give thanks and celebrate community and values from fostering a deeper relationship with plants.

Autumn Olive in HandBeing fall, we begin looking for one of North America’s best-kept secrets of wild food: the autumn olive, silver berry, autumn berry. This immigrant from another land is a real gift for the forager. This shrub has many names; it grows in fields, and the leaves and the berries have a silver hue and look speckled. They are ripe anywhere from late August all the way to mid November according to wild food author Sam Thayer.

Autumn Olive Bush CloseupFinding autumn olive is great fun, and you will notice there are so many berries that the branches droop from the weight. When picking, watch out for the small thorns it has to deter animals who want to eat the fruits. You will be amazed at the amount you can gather in such a short time. Several gallons from one bush are very common and you still leave plenty for all the wildlife.

Hands in Autumn OliveNow that we have all our berries, we want to make sure that we process them right away or freeze them for a sunny day. You can get creative in how you mash them. Make sure to keep the seeds; they contain omega 3’s and the flesh is an antioxidant, high in vitamin C and contains lycopene, a chemical compound that promotes prostate health.Autumn Olive at Fire

The trick with creating fruit leather is making sure it dries thoroughly, or it could mold. Have the top half dry and cut in small rectangles so it is easier to flip. Let other side dry completely. When done properly, it can store for years.

Before eating anything from the wild, make sure to properly identify it and study with a forager since there is not enough information here.

So get out in nature and experience the abundance of autumn olive, and enjoy your fruit leather for years to come.
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Autumn Olive Fruit Leather Recipe
Autumn Olive ProcessedThis can be quite tart, especially at the beginning of the season. After the first frost, the berries are even more delicious!

Collect the berries.

Mash the berries. Make sure pulp and juice are mixed thoroughly.

Spread on tray; berries should be ¼” thick or less; the thinner it is, the less time it takes to dry.

Put in direct sun for many hours—5 or more. When top half is dry, flip (the bottom should be able to slip). Let the bottom half dry (again, many hours). Make sure it dries thoroughly.