This course has been canceled.
Our modern lives are often disconnected from nature and many of the old skills and knowledge are on their way to being lost. In this interactive workshop, participants will rediscover how humans have used and relied upon plants for survival for generations. You will learn how to:
- Find and make tinder from plants.
- Choose plant materials you can use to build and start a fire.
- Use plants to gather water.
- Construct a bowl or spoon using tools from nature.
- Construct different types of shelters using natural materials.
- Make cordage or rope.
- Enjoy a bow-drill demonstration, using the power of friction to start a fire.
Plants can provide basic survival needs for shelter, warmth, water, and sustenance. Build your outdoor skill set and connect more deeply with nature by discovering the many ways plants can help you survive. No experience is necessary; this program is great for beginners.
This program takes place outdoors at the Arboretum. Portions may require walking on uneven surfaces, bending, kneeling, or lifting.
Instructor: Ron Nosek, owner, Nature Education Programs, Ltd.
Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.
Age: 16 and older