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  • EarthSkills Wilderness Self-Reliance School 517 Slatton Shoals Road Pelzer, SC, 29669 United States (map)
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For anyone who wants to learn wilderness living, this is the first class to take! Learn the four essentials of survival in this two and a half day, overnight class: how to create fire, shelter, water, and food. Designed for experienced outdoorsmen and novices alike, this class will familiarize the student with the empowering skill of creating fire using friction — the most important skill to know in the wild!
Location, location, location: What is true in the real estate business is also true for survival. Students are introduced to the shelter lesson portion where students will work as a team to construct a warm and dry debris hut.
How long can you go without food or water? How do you find it? Is it safe to drink or eat? The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with methods of obtaining food and water in a wilderness environment. This course will familiarize you with harvesting food — from insects and small game to edible plants. No, you will not be eating insects, unless you want to, of course. Students will build a deadfall for small game using only the material found in nature. The class will be familiarized with identifying and sampling common edible plants that are abundant everywhere — even in your own backyard!
Finally, students will learn various ways to find and purify water: from natural sunshine to your own, self-made water filter. Breakfast is included. B.Y.O.T. (Bring your own tent).

Earlier Event: June 6
Later Event: June 8