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Tool Crafting and Natural Navigation

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


Tool crafting and using the natural surroundings to navigation 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.

Tool Crafting Take Away’s:

By the end of the program, you will learn how to safely use a knife and basic carving techniques in order to craft a tool from natural materials (spear or throwing stick).

Natural Navigation Take Away’s:

By the end of the day, you will learn some of the same technique indigenous people used and use today, in order to navigate the forest without the use of a map, compass or G.P.S.

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: June 9
Spoon Carving
Later Event: July 13
Backpacking Basics