I am now comfortable in the woods like I never have been before. Being lost does not scare me as much as it used to, for I know that if I was lost I could create shelter, make fire, and take care of my most basic needs. A price cannot be placed on this type of confidence with wilderness survival skills. -A.J. Learn skills that can save your life, with our experienced staff to guide you. Gain knowledge of the key elements needed for survival in the outdoors unaided by modern tools.
- Build shelters from natural materials
- Locate and purify water
- Create fire from friction
- Make your own tools
- Practice methods of obtaining wild foods
- And much more!
Wilderness Survival Skills Course Schedule
Weekend and Week-long Courses
Ages 18+, February 21-23, 2014 Can only woodland elves and mountain men make their own bow? It turns out that through hard work and focus, you too can learn how to turn a stick into a bow in a weekend! Join us and you will learn the ancient art of tillering, fundamentals of woodworking, using tools efficiently, and tapping into our capacity for listening to wood. By the end of the weekend you will have made your own wooden longbow with carved bow handles, as well as your own bowstrings! More details & online registration
Ages 18+, March 29-30, 2014 Participants will come away with the basics of flintknapping: material selection, pressure flaking, percussion flaking, notching, and hafting. We will start with the fundamentals and everyone will make several functional pieces. Our material of choice will be obsidian. This hands-on class will open your eyes to a new world of working with stone. More details & online registration
Ages 18+, April 26 – 27, 2014 The ultimate expression of freedom is the lack of reliance on items you can’t produce yourself. This is the essence of Bushcraft—what you need to know to craft and successfully use the tools for living in the Bush. Each skill that we teach will have a practical application. Theory will be put to the test. You will learn fundamental skills in how to live closer to nature. Instead of just surviving, you will learn to live and thrive with the natural materials that surround you. more details and registration information
Ages 18+, May 24-25, 2014 This course will be a solid introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary to live through a short-term wilderness survival situation – under 72 hours. Topics will include basic gear that you need, survival priorities, and most importantly, how to maintain an upright mind. We will teach essential skills like building a fire, making a life-saving shelter, purifying water, navigation, hygiene, and wild edibles. More details & online registration
Ages 18+, June 14 – 15, 2014 9:00am Saturday-5:00pm Sunday The first 36 hours of an emergency are crucial for your survival. With minimal gear, we will set off into the wilderness on a survival trek. We sleep in hand-made shelters, make fire with minimal modern gear, cover the hazards of drinking unpurified water, and dine on in-season wild edibles. Our classroom is the wilderness. more details and registration information
Ages 18+, June 22-28, 2014 Explore the Central Washington high desert, experiencing the freedom of walking across a landscape and trusting the earth to provide for all of your needs! During this week-long course, you will learn and apply wilderness survival skills as the opportunity and need arises. Learning navigation techniques and fire-making, finding and constructing shelter, locating wild edibles and water by identifying of indicator species; this challenging wilderness survival course gives you the opportunity to experience the abundance nature provides to those with the awareness to notice. More details & online registration
Ages 18+, TBA
This weeklong course is designed to give participants basic wilderness survival training, as well as longer-term primitive living skills. This is a skills-heavy course that is based out of a central location; we will take day trips to gather food and materials. As this is a survival trip there will likely be times of feast, and also famine. Expect to have your edges pushed and your survival skill tool basket filled!
Ages 18+, TBA
Spend a week exploring the natural world and learning outdoor survival skills with Wilderness Awareness School’s most experienced instructors.
Classroom instruction will be paired with mentored dirt time in the field where we take theory into practice tracking, birding, studying plants, and exploring the natural world. It’s a wonderful mix of nature awareness, outdoor survival skills and wilderness survival skills training.
9-Month Survival School and more – Anake Outdoor School Immerse yourself in nine months of thorough grounding in every aspect of our curriculum, spent as part of a supportive community of fellow learners. It is perhaps unique as a survival school: the hard skills necessary to journey into nature without modern gear are blended with the naturalist knowledge to feel at home wherever you venture. At the Anake Outdoor School, you will develop the eyes, the ears, and the awareness with which to help our culture move forward into the future in a healthy and sustainable way. Adult $10,350 Scholarships available, 33 weeks Sept-June, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with extended trips More details & online registration
Kamana Home Study Course The Kamana Naturalist Training Program is a comprehensive home study course that covers the naturalist background needed to engage in the wilderness arts, including wilderness survival skills and primitive living skills, wildlife tracking, bird language, traditional herbalism, and naturalist mentoring. Begin with Kamana One: Exploring Natural Mystery. During this short course you will experience two weeks of awareness exercises and six areas of ecological study using a field guide and audio series narrated by Jon Young. Begin to see the world through “native eyes.” Adult Kamana One starts at $85, Learn at your own pace More details & registration
Monthly Nature Talks at REI Many of the region’s finest naturalists share their wisdom at REI in downtown Seattle. Wilderness Survival or related topics are often featured in these talks. Ages Adult FREE, Wilderness Awareness School is featured periodically More details & online registration