“I signed up for Wilderness Awareness School’s NatureSkills course expecting to receive an introduction to a smattering of primitive skills. Instead, through the medium of nature skills, I was guided to discover a way of engaging with nature that was joyful, playful, inspiring, connecting, affirming and, quite frankly, soul-quenching. The result was that for the first time in my life, I came home to myself. I’ve been through several universities and attended many seminars and trainings. This was, by far, the best learning experience I’ve ever encountered. The instructors were professional, passionate about their subjects, highly skilled communicators, and genuinely interested in their students. The Wilderness Awareness School mentoring style is in a class of its own.”
- Mindy Weck, Atherton CA
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.
A full day will be spent exploring each of the following areas…
Wilderness Survival & Outdoor Living SkillsA skilled naturalist must be comfortable traveling and living in the natural world. Learn shelter construction, fire making, crafts for primitive outdoor living and other wilderness survival training basics.
Edible and Medicinal Plants Develop your identification skills and learn to use plants for food and medicine. Collection and processing techniques are covered. We will guide you down the path towards a deeper relationship with wild plants.
Field Observation Refine your physical observation skills and learn to integrate intuitive awareness into your study of nature. Hear us weaves stories, current research on human perception and brain patterning in with concrete practices for learning to see and hear more in nature, while expanding both your awareness and ability to retain new learning!
Wildlife Tracking Practice track and sign location, identification, interpretation, aging, ecological tracking, and trailing. A mix of technical skills training and dirt time provides the opportunity to both build skills and work through challenging mysteries with a mentor looking over your shoulder to guide you.
Bird Language Interpretation As the master tracker Olaus Murie wrote “One should always listen to the warnings of the birds.” Learn to recognize the different calls and alarms of the birds and a whole new world of awareness opens up to you. A day in the field will transform your awareness of what’s going on in the forest around you.
Although class will be held in the beautiful forests of the Pacific Northwest, you will leave with a set of invaluable core routines you can take anywhere. This class covers indispensable skills for naturalists!
NatureSkills.com, our content web site with numerous free articles, is a great supporting resource for this class!
You can also spend a week experiencing the wilderness and learning survival skills in our Walkabout Wilderness Survival Skills Expedition!
Course Registration Details
Next session TBA.
Where? Our land in the foothills of the Cascades near Duvall, WA
Who? Ages 18+ How much? $785
Food and camping included. Airport shuttle available.
Meet Your Instructors
Nate Summers, M.Ac. has been with WAS since 1997. Nate’s journey with ancient living skills started as a teenager, and this exposure to stone-age living sparked a life-long interest in anthropology, hunter-gatherer lifestyles, and indigenous cultures. Nate has served as both Youth Programs Director, Adult Programs Director, and as a core instructor in most programs for WAS. He has also worked with King County Parks and the Seattle Parks Department.
Nate practices internal martial arts, Chinese Medicine, wildcrafts herbal medicine, and is the proud father of two daughters, Katie and Tara, 8 and 1 respectively. He holds a Master’s degree from NIAOM, and B.A.’s in both Anthropology and Asian Studies from the University of Illinois. He has served as faculty for the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, and as adjunct faculty for Prescott College. Nate likes to fish, practice internal martial arts, go on adventures with his daughters, and gather wild foods and medicine.
Dan Corcoran is our Kamana and Marketing Coordinator. He also teaches various survival skills classes for the public and the Anake Outdoor School. His passions include bowmaking, hunting, and raising his son. Dan is an Anake graduate of the class of 2003. He has worked with Wilderness Awareness School in many different roles over the last 10 years and currently runs survivalmastery.com. Dan is a Kamana graduate , a Wilderness First Responder, and a member of King County Search and Rescue.