Backpacking / Hiking—Learn what to take along, what to leave behind, and how to pack it. This introductory lecture will teach you how to hike and backpack safely with respect for the environment. ‘Leave No Trace’ principles are incorporated while demonstrating the use of all equipment needed for an enjoyable adventure. Learn how to layer your clothes for the weather, what to eat, how to cook it on a stove, where to put your tent and how to feel confident about it all. The Last 30 minutes of class will incorporate a 1-mile hike where you will learn three essentials that could save your life during hiking.
Photography I—This class will focus on getting the pictures you want, not technical camera operation. Learn basic techniques used in outdoor photography, including choosing a location, use of blinds, stalking and cover, composition, and the importance of lighting and timing. We will also briefly cover artistic options associated with digital photography. **Bring your own digital camera.**
Photography II- THis is a more advanced photography class. Participants will learn more of he technical operations on a camera. In this class you will venture out into the wildlife and take photos, then return to the classroom to learn how to edit your picture. **Bring your own digital camera.** Photo I is a prerequisite.
Knot Tying - Participants will learn about ropes and knots used in everyday life, in survival situations and also while boating, camping, and kayaking. From this basic class, participants will become familiar with and learn how to successfully tie knots. You will also get the opportunity to make a keepsake using bamboo, rope and the knot tying knowledge you learned.
Beekeeping I—Learn about hive components, essential equipment, starting a colony, seasonal management, pests and diseases and available resources. Note: Only offered in October Session
Beekeeping II—Advanced techniques covered will be swarm-catching, splitting a hive in the spring, supering a hive, and honey removal techniques. Share strategies to obtain strong hives for spring honey flow and tips for success. Beekeeping I is a prerequisite. Note: Only offered in October Session
Frontier/Survivor Skills from the 1800s—In this class led by “Huggin’ Bear,” learn how to load and shoot muzzleloading firearms; build a fire with old time flint and steel; use and throw a tomahawk (hand axe); use and throw old time knives; and learn about survival skills from the past and present.
Rock Climbing—Adventurous hands-on session! Conquer your fear of heights. Build self-confidence, and practice safety. Yes, participants actually climb! And, yes, you can do it! New Addition to class: Giant Swing - Participants are put in a full body harness and are attached to a cable and a rope. Their team mates haul them up to the top of a 30’ pole; the participant then pulls the quick release and swings.
Sticks to Staff - Learn how to select and design your own personalized walking stick. Participants will learn various woody plants from which to choose, then will get hands on as they customize their very own. A real Make & Take!
Edible & Medicinal Plants - Participants will be introduced to both native and non-native plants that can be used for medicinal and edible purposes. Class will start with a hike to meet many of these plants in their "wild homes". Along the hike, participants will gather several specimens to take back to the classroom for preparing teas, wild meals and quick poultices. You will be able to take home your specimens. Cameras are suggested for this class but are not required.