Adult & Teen Classes

  • Wilderness Tools - In this one day course we review and practice the anatomy and safe use of knives, hatchets, axes, mauls and saws.  We learn how to be effective and confident using these tools in a wilderness setting.  We learn how to maintain and preserve them and talk about what kind of tools are most appropriate for which application and user.  All tools provided.  

  • Survival Fire - We cover the fundamentals of fire and discuss the "Fire Triangle" components and process in depth.  All along students are challenged to discover, rather than learn, what makes fire happen in a cold and/or wet environment.  We use matches and lighters and progress to using strikers to ignite various materials students gather at different points through the day.  We look for and at various and unique materials that can be found to start fire quickly and easily in a survival environment.  Students learn how to manipulate and process natural and synthetic materials to make them more combustible and students learn how to extend the life of a fire that needs to be left by itself but must not go out.  

  • Friction/Primitive Fire - This advanced fire class introduces students to the most ancient forms of fire making.  We go over the principles of fire by friction including material science and selection, mechanical advantage, technique and partnering.  All of these contribute to students creating their own friction fire by the day's end.  We use the bowdrill and hand drill primarily but also talk about and may demonstrate some more exotic techniques not native to the PNW.  Students will leave with their own friction fire set to further practice and develop skills on.

  • Shelter - Students review and practice several types of shelter including basic tent set up, simple tarp shelters, improvised survival shelters and primitive/natural shelters.  We spend the day talking about how to assess conditions to place and design an effective shelter as we practice, practice, practice building and improving each kind of shelter.  And then we test them!  Along the way students also learn a few critical knots that have universal applications beyond just shelter and we examine material selection and site selection in depth.  This course leaves students much more confident to tackle a spectrum of situations, everything from camping alone to camping in a storm with no tent.

  • Foraging/Gathering - Season dependent, students roam various natural areas learning about edible and medicinal plants.  We will harvest edibles that are in-season and spend time processing and/or cooking them towards the end of the class.  We will spend time discussing the science and history of edibles/medicinals and look at utility uses for natural flora as well.

These class cover wilderness and survival skills and are often delivered by guest instructors to get the highest level of expertise.  As of Fall 2018 these courses are provided when demand presents itself and we will schedule these once we have sufficient interest, so let us know if you and your family, friends, staff etc. would be interested.   We can open up a class to the public to keep costs down

Contact Info


PO Box 2389, Corvallis OR 97333

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