Winter Foraging with Tim "Primitim" Swanson
What is there to eat in the woods? Every season and landscape offers unique and nutritious plants to eat and use as medicine. Let’s go on a walk and learn about what it means to eat truly local and organic plants in our area.
Predator Tracking with Bob Metcalfe at the Boston Outdoor School - Full Length
A walk in the woods will yield many animal signs to the aware human. In this class, we will look at animal tracks, scat, fur, and any other signs that animals left behind and learn how to identify from which animal the track was left. Experienced naturalist and tracker Bob Metcalfe will lead the group on a winter tracking hike. Bob will begin with a short presentation in the Botume House, followed by an educational hike through the Middlesex Fells. Bob will share his insights into the secret world of woodland animals through the messages written in their tracks. Participants will leave with tracking tips to understand the movement of animals through the forest.
Introduction To Tracking with Bob Metcalfe
Experienced naturalist and tracker Bob Metcalfe will lead the group on a winter tracking hike. Bob will begin with a short presentation followed by an educational hike. Bob will share his insights into the secret world of woodland animals through the messages written in their tracks. Participants will leave with tracking tips to understand the movement of animals through the forest.
Art of Fire with Tim Swanson at the Boston Outdoor School - Full Length
Join Tim “Primitim” Swanson in a fire making workshop. Fire was the skill that made civilization possible, and it still holds a mystical power of attention for anyone in the wilderness. In this program, we will learn to make one-match fires that work every time, as well as try our hands with flint and steel, fire by friction using bow and drill as well as hand drill methods. We’ll talk about tinder, safety, gathering firewood, cooking fires and much more in this intensive study of our ancestral heritage.
Winter Wildlife Tracking with David Brown
Experienced New England animal tracker David Brown in his program which surveys the tracks, trails and sign of mammals, and birds found in New England during the winter season. David Brown has conducted wildlife inventories all over New England and his 30 years of knowledge in animal tracking is inspiring. He will cover many charismatic species including deer, raccoons, possums, foxes, coyotes and other woodland creature.
Wilderness First Aid with SOLO
Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.