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Shelter and Fire Building

  • Boston Outdoor School 131 Walnut St Saugus United States (map)


Shelter and fire building are some of the skills our hunter gather ancestors used daily. These skills that were developed and honed through observation, awareness and a deep and intimate relationship with their surroundings, allowed them to live.

Fire Making Take Away’s:

By the end of the day, you will be able to name and identify the essential components of what is needed in order to build a fire successfully. You will learn how to use those components in order to start a fire successfully.  You will understand the basics of fire safety in regard to building, maintaining and dismantling. If time permits, you will have the opportunity to try and light a fire without using matches.

Shelter Building Take Away’s:

Participants will experience how to construct a shelter from what is found in the forest (leaves, branches, etc.). If time permits, participants will be exposed to how to make a shelter from discarded house hold items.

Instructor: Kent Jackson


Kent has been a nature connection facilitator for over 20 years. He is the Founder and Owner of Earth Spirit Eco-Adventures. Earth Spirit Eco-Adventures is based in Saugus Massachusetts and provides experiences in nature that reconnect people young and old to the natural world.

Some of his experiences include working as a ropes course facilitator, a rock climbing instructor, a canoeing instructor and trip leader, a backpacking trip leader, a white water rafting guide, a nature connection mentor, and a wilderness living skills facilitator.

He currently works as the Director of Education at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in Boston, MA. Previously he has worked as the Outdoor Education/ Program Director at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston, MA; as the Leadership and Training Coordinator at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston, MA; and as the Green Industry Career Pathway Program Director at the Eagle Eye Institute in Somerville, MA. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Greenfield Community College’s Outdoor Leadership Program.


  • Age: 16+

  • Duration: 4 hours

  • Max Participants: 15

What to Bring:

  • Water

  • Snack

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug Spray

  • Clothes they do not mind getting dirty

  • Patience

Earlier Event: May 25
Natural Movement in Nature
Later Event: May 30
Get Outside. Go Within.