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Winter Survival Day Program (during February Vacation ’18)

Ages 8 and up (limited spots)

Tuesday, 2/20, through Friday, 2/23

9:00 am-3:00 pm

Conway, MA

Experience the WILD in winter in our beautiful forest and fields! While spending lots of time outdoors, we will

  • track animals and find the special places of the fox, deer, bobcat and others…we will get a glimpse of their secret winter life.
  • build winter shelters: a quinzee, a lean to, a zarsky…various methods to stay warm and dry.
  • test our fire-making skills in the snow…we will help each other learn the best techniques with and without matches, then bask in the warmth of our accomplishments in our wilderness home.

We will enjoy hanging out around the fire, staying warm in shelters that we make, sharing lunch and cool stories and other natural mysteries.

Bonus: we will also learn about ice safety and hypothermia and how to stay safe outdoors in the winter. We will pick up strategies of staying warm by playing games and other activities.

All of this for $282-$306, sliding scale, for 4 days!  If not available for the whole week, 2-day minimum at $77/day.

REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 15, 2018, & PAY 2017 PRICES! $276-$300, sliding scale, for 4 days; $75/day for 2-day minimum.

$75 nonrefundable deposit due upon registration

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FEBRUARY VACATION

call 413-340-1161 for more information.

VISIT WINTER SURVIVAL VACATION PROGRAM PAGE FOR SLIDE SHOW & TESTIMONIALS

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Homeschool Programs–Fall Session

FALL SESSION: 12 weeks (FRIDAYS–mid September through early December, skip Friday after Thanksgiving)

HERON HOMESCHOOL
Heron is our signature program, taking place on Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst for more than 15 years. Hundreds of students have taken the challenge of the Heron, and have developed their nature awareness and wilderness living skills.

Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.

WHO: Ages 7 and up
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $670-$850/12-week FALL session (INCLUDES JOURNAL/HANDBOOK); 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL HERON

 

SWIFT EAGLE HOMESCHOOL
In the Heron Program, we began a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.

WHO: Preteens & Teens
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $670-$850/12-week FALL session (INCLUDES JOURNAL/HANDBOOK); 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL SWIFT EAGLE

 Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions

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Berries, Baskets & Brook Trout Weekend of Workshops

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 5, 2017
WS1: Birch Bark Basket Making 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  REGISTER FOR BIRCH BARK BASKET MAKING
WS2: Wild Edibles & Medicinals 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. REGISTER FOR WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS

Sunday, August 6, 2017
WS3: Primitive Fishing 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. REGISTER FOR PRIMITIVE FISHING
WS4: Intro to Wilderness Survival 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. REGISTER FOR INTRO TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

 

SPECIAL DEAL: FOR BOTH WS2 Wild Edibles & Medicinals AND WS4 Intro to Wilderness Survival

  • Register & prepay for 2 adults and your 3rd person is FREE!!

 

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

 

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)

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

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

BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT

 

Emergency Preparedness & Self-Sufficiency Skills Workshop

FOR ADULTS ONLY

Be Prepared…Not Scared

The weather in New England can be robust. We’ve seen drought, tornadoes and microbursts, hurricanes, freak snowstorms in October and severe thunderstorms after winters of an abundance of snow. Maybe the ice storms of Winter 2008 or Halloween Snowstorm 2011 brought an “emergency” to your door step? These storms are powerful teachers. We are reminded that we need each other and need to have certain awareness and skills.

Come to our hands-on workshop–an introduction to survival skills…and living in harmony with the Earth. Shelter, water, fire and food will be covered.

$60/person PREPAID (add $10 if pay day of)

Emergency Preparedness & Self-Sufficiency Skills

REGISTER HERE

Call 413-340-1161 for more information.

 

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Homeschool Programs FRIDAY–Winter Session

WINTER IS A GREAT TIME TO BE OUTSIDE! & Homeschool Programs are now Fridays AND Mondays!
Children learn ice safety, hypothermia prevention, winter shelter building (quinzees), animal tracking, and more!

WINTER SESSION: 2 8-week sessions (FRIDAYS starting January 6 & MONDAYS starting January 9 through March (skipping February Vacation week)

HERON HOMESCHOOL
Heron is our signature program, taking place on Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst for more than 15 years. Hundreds of students have taken the challenge of the Heron, and have developed their nature awareness and wilderness living skills.

Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.

WHO: Ages 7 +
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays & Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $440-$560/each 8-week WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR HERON

 

SWIFT EAGLE HOMESCHOOL
In the Heron Program, we began a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.

WHO: Preteens & Teens
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays & Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $440-$560/each 8-week WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SWIFT EAGLE

 

Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions.

Winter Skills Day!

WS 1 WinterFire, 9 am-12 pm
WS 2 Trapping: The Sacred Harvest, 1-4 pm

 

WinterFire Workshop (WS 1)

Skiers, Snowmobilers, Ice Fisherman, Hunters, Outdoor Enthusiasts!

Have you ever struggled to get a fire going?

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?

A fire may be the difference between life and death.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WINTERFIRE!

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.

Do you worry about family members…perhaps teenagers or children…in the woods? You may want to bring your mature teens to this Workshop.

Would you ever go on a boat without a life vest; drive without a seatbelt; let kids swim without a lifeguard? Probably not…and you should not go into the freezing cold wilderness without this training.

At our WinterFire Workshops, 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.

WHO: Adults, Teens
WHEN: December 11, 9 am-12 pm
WHERE: Conway, MA
HOW MUCH: $45/person prepaid (add $10/person if pay day of)

 

Trapping: The Sacred Harvest (WS 2)

When people hear the word “trapping,” there might be certain images or stereotypes. Allow yourself to look deeper into what trapping is. This is an important skill that teaches us how to have an intimacy with the land and the animals. You need to know about tracking, animal runs, feeding areas, bedding areas and everything that makes a healthy ecosystem in balance. Placement is so critical when trapping. Camouflaging your scent is also critical. You need to learn the pattern of the animal in order to trap it. You also need to know the populations of the animals that you are working with because trapping as a past-time and as an ancestoral skill carries with it great responsibility and ethics.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TRAPPING

Join us for an introduction to learn how to build 3 primary traps and develop proficiency in making and setting figure 4, the paiute and rolling snare. From these 3 foundational traps, you will have everything you need in order to learn the skills of trapping. This will help develop knife skills and learn how to harvest your materials in a sacred manner.

WHO: Adults, Teens
WHEN: December 11, 1-4 pm
WHERE: Conway, MA
HOW MUCH: $45/person prepaid (add $10/person if pay day of)

 

CALL 413-340-1161 if you have questions.

 

 

Earthwork Survival Skills with 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

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Earthwork Survival Skills with 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

Earthwork Survival Skills with 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

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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

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