Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161
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Wilderness Survival Day Program (during April Vacation)

REGISTER FOR SPRING VACATION PROGRAM

DURING APRIL SCHOOL VACATION

Tuesday through Friday

9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Conway, MA

Ages 7 and up

 

Experience the AWAKENING of Spring!

While spending lots of time outdoors, we will

* notice new growth all around us, while learning about edible and medicinal plants,
* notice new birds…establishing territories.

There is so much happening during Spring.

By practicing nature awareness, we will learn to look deeper and through our tracking skills and the ability to be quiet in the forest, we may even see some of the young wildlife. Animals are very busy this time of year, and it is a great time to actually see wildlife.

We will also wander and learn what to do if lost, learn basic wilderness living skills (like shelter making, fire making, cordage), and develop our ability to be comfortable in the woods. Wherever you are, there is home.

Bonus: In the past, we’ve seen, as a group, baby foxes (kits)…maybe well see them again! THIS YEAR–check out the Earthwork Programs’ Community-built wigwam!

…hanging out and making new friends…while being in the woods…practicing and learning new skills…nothing quite like it!

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

Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions.

REGISTER FOR SPRING VACATION PROGRAM

VISIT OUR WILDERNESS SURVIVAL VACATION PROGRAM PAGE TO LEARN MORE!

Wilderness Survival Vacation Program

Wilderness Scouts–Winter 2018

Join Earthwork Programs for an alternative scout experience!

Our Scout program involves various specializations of skills and tiers of advancement. Like the growing of a tree, Scouts adventure begins in the roots, with deep connection to nature, and rises through the trunk and branches as students gain an understanding of various skills. Specializations include:

  • Woodcraft
  • Campcraft
  • Firecraft
  • Cooking
  • Foraging
  • Plant Identification
  • Orienteering
  • Primitive skills
  • Camouflaging
  • Wilderness First-Aid
  • Leadership
  • Team Development

Preteens and teens will learn the skills to be confident and comfortable in the outdoors while building community and developing as a leader.

WHO: Ages 10+, Co-Ed (mature younger children on a case-by-case basis)
WHERE: Conway, Massachusetts
WHEN: 10 am-3 pm, 3rd Saturday of the month until May
HOW MUCH: $165-$210, sliding scale for Winter session (3 Saturdays: 1/20, 2/17, 3/17) ; 50% due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks of start of Program

REGISTER FOR WILDERNESS SCOUTS

Our goal in Wilderness Scouts is to guide young people on their path to wilderness self-reliance and connection with nature. We will provide students with the knowledge and hard skills to prepare them to thrive in life through outdoor experiential learning. We use a merit and advancement structured curriculum, where successful practice and demonstration opens doors to further freedoms and specialties.

At the core of the Wilderness Scouts program, students will work with mentors to gain respect for nature by understanding the importance of water, fire, food and shelter as our most basic human needs. They will begin to learn about camp, fire, and wood crafting as well as local plant, tree and animal species. They will practice the art of camouflaging and being still in nature. True self-reliance in the wilderness is grown out of deep connection with the earth and indigenous wisdom. Learning awareness of the human bond with the land and understanding of the knowledge passed down by our ancestors will give students the perspective and connection they need to learn these skills.

Click Here for Comprehensive Details about Wilderness Scouts

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Homeschool Programs–Winter Session

WINTER SESSION 2018: FRIDAYS–starting January 5 through March 2, skip February Vacation

WINTER IS A GREAT TIME TO BE OUTSIDE!

Children learn ice safety, hypothermia prevention, winter shelter building (quinzees), animal tracking, and more!

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: $440-$560/8-week WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL HERON WINTER

 

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: $440-$560/8-week WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL SWIFT EAGLE WINTER

 Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions

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How to Register for Homeschool Programs (VIDEO)

Time to Register for Heron and Swift Eagle Homeschool!

Our Homeschool Programs run from September through June…3 sessions: Fall, Winter and Spring. Heron is for ages 7+ and Swift Eagle is for 11+.

Mother Nature brings something wonderful and amazing to each session.

  • Fall is filled with colors, roots, acorns, animals preparing for winter.
  • Winter starts out brown and becomes white, and it’s a great time to practice tracking, ice safety and learning to prevent hypothermia.
  • Spring is, of course, the awakening of the woods with so many shades of green.

Here’s a short video to help you navigate the registration process:

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Hickory in Shell

Wild Edibles & Medicinals Workshop (WE 6)

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

REGISTER FOR WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS

hickory nuts wild ediblesWILD EDIBLES IMMERSION SERIES

(you don’t have to attend all Workshops in the Series)
Join Earthwork Programs 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.

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS: Hickory Nuts!

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)

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

2017 DATES
Sun, October 15, 1-4 pm
Sun, November 12, 1-4 pm

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Animal Tracking & Bird Language Workshop (WS 5)

$50/adult, $30/child w/adult (add $10/person if pay day of)
REGISTER for ANIMAL TRACKING

SPECIAL DEAL: REGISTER 2 ADULTS AND YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!

Animal Tracking + Bird Language (for adults, teens & families): There’s no better teacher than experience…learn and practice: the 5 arts of tracking, the art of questioning, 3 perspectives of trackings, mind’s eye training and field journaling! In our tracking classes, throughout the year, beginner and expert trackers come together and are immersed in ancient and modern teachings.

This is Workshop 5 of our Wilderness Extravaganza (see schedule below)

 

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, Sept 23, & Sunday, Sept 24, 2017

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, 9/23

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, 9/24
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

 

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

Cost:

ALL WORKSHOPS EXCEPT PRIMITIVE COOKING: Per Workshop–$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person/Workshop if pay day of)

(AND FOR SKILL OF THE KNIFE, WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS, ART OF FIRE AND ANIMAL TRACKING & BIRD LANGUAGE–REGISTER 2 ADULTS & YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!)

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

TOTAL $265 FOR ALL 5 FOR ONE ADULT, prepaid.

Register for all 5 Workshops, save 10% (prepaid)–$238.50!

 

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

tentOpportunity to stay overnight on the land on Saturday night!
* Bring own tent & supplies–$10/person
* Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$20/person (limited spots)
Both options have use of the kitchen, showers & toilets

SEE COMPLETE CAMPING/CABIN DETAILS ON MAIN WILDERNESS EXTRAVAGANZA PAGE (scroll to bottom)

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15

Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making (WS 3)

$65/adult, $30/child w/adult (add $10/person if pay day of)
REGISTER for PRIMITIVE COOKING & MEDICINE MAKING

Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making (for adults, teens & families): During the Wild Edibles & Medicinals Workshop, we gather wild plants and mushrooms and process them. During this Workshop, we will cook a feast from the roots and plants we harvested. Learn how to cook a delicious hot stone soup in a pumpkin! Food prep and maintaining a good fire are two secrets to good outdoor cooking while enjoying the process; we will share many tips and tricks.

Experience herbal medicine making with Cherry Bark Syrup! In combination with the Wild Edibles & Medicinals Workshop, learn how to ethically harvest wild cherry bark, easily peel the inner bark and make medicinal syrup for dry hacking coughs and many other health conditions.

This is Workshop 3 of our Wilderness Extravaganza (see schedule below)

 

 

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, Sept 23, & Sunday, Sept 24, 2017

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, 9/23

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, 9/24
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

 

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

Cost:

ALL WORKSHOPS EXCEPT PRIMITIVE COOKING: Per Workshop–$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person/Workshop if pay day of)

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

TOTAL $265 FOR ALL 5 FOR ONE ADULT, prepaid.

Register for all 5 Workshops, save 10% (prepaid)–$238.50!

 

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

tentOpportunity to stay overnight on the land on Saturday night!
* Bring own tent & supplies–$10/person
* Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$20/person (limited spots)
Both options have use of the kitchen, showers & toilets

SEE COMPLETE CAMPING/CABIN DETAILS ON MAIN WILDERNESS EXTRAVAGANZA PAGE (scroll to bottom)

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15

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Wild Edibles & Medicinals Workshop (WE 5, WS 2)

$50/adult/Workshop, $30/child with adult (add $10/person if pay day of)
This is Workshop 2 of our Wilderness Extravaganza (see schedule below)

REGISTER for WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS

SPECIAL DEAL: REGISTER 2 ADULTS AND YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!

WILD EDIBLES IMMERSION SERIES

(you don’t have to attend all Workshops in the Series)
Join Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs and Lenore Anderson of Natural Vitality 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.

Lenore Anderson, M.A. Educator, Holistic Health Coach and Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Acupressurist and Clinical Herbalist, will work with Frank Grindrod on this Workshop.

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS: Roots! And in combination with the Primitive Cooking & Making Medicine Workshop (WS 3), learn how to ethically harvest wild cherry bark, easily peel the inner bark and make medicinal syrup for dry hacking coughs and many other health conditions.

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

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

2017 DATES
Sat, September 23, 1-4 pm (Wilderness Extravaganza Weekend!)
Sun, October 15, 1-4 pm
Sun, November 12, 1-4 pm

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, Sept 23, & Sunday, Sept 24, 2017

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, 9/23

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, 9/24
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

 

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

Cost:

ALL WORKSHOPS EXCEPT PRIMITIVE COOKING: Per Workshop–$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person/Workshop if pay day of)

(AND FOR SKILL OF THE KNIFE, WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS, ART OF FIRE AND ANIMAL TRACKING & BIRD LANGUAGE–REGISTER 2 ADULTS & YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!)

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

TOTAL $265 FOR ALL 5 FOR ONE ADULT, prepaid.

Register for all 5 Workshops, save 10% (prepaid)–$238.50!

 

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

tentOpportunity to stay overnight on the land on Saturday night!
* Bring own tent & supplies–$10/person
* Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$20/person (limited spots)
Both options have use of the kitchen, showers & toilets

SEE COMPLETE CAMPING/CABIN DETAILS ON MAIN WILDERNESS EXTRAVAGANZA PAGE (scroll to bottom)

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15

& toilets

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10

The Skill of the Knife (WS 1)

$50/adult, $30/8+ year old child w/adult (add $10/person if pay day of)

The Skill of the Knife Workshop (for adults, teens & families with children 8 years of age or older): Learn why the Mayan culture called a knife the “tooth of the Earth.” Study basics of knife safety, carving methods, handling a knife, and blade care, including sharpening. And make your own kit!

This is Workshop 1 of our Wilderness Extravaganza (see schedule below)

REGISTER for SKILL OF THE KNIFE

SPECIAL DEAL: REGISTER 2 ADULTS AND YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, Sept 23, & Sunday, Sept 24, 2017

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, 9/23

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, 9/24
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

 

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

Cost:

ALL WORKSHOPS EXCEPT PRIMITIVE COOKING: Per Workshop–$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person/Workshop if pay day of)

(AND FOR SKILL OF THE KNIFE, WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS, ART OF FIRE AND ANIMAL TRACKING & BIRD LANGUAGE–REGISTER 2 ADULTS & YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!)

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

TOTAL $265 FOR ALL 5 FOR ONE ADULT, prepaid.

Register for all 5 Workshops, save 10% (prepaid)–$238.50!

 

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

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

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10

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