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Weekend Workshops

Wilderness Skills Workshop

A three-day program of introduction to the natural world and to the skills needed to survive comfortably in a wilderness environment.

When:
June 2-4, 2017.  (Registration deadline: May 1, 2017)
Where:
YMCA Camp Minikani (in the Kettle-Moraine area of south-central Wisconsin; 30 minutes from Milwaukee; 2 hours from O’Hare Airport).
Cost:
$345; Children 11-15: $320**; minimum class size of 18 students.
Included:
  • All meals, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, prepared and served cafeteria-style by Camp Minikani staff.
  • Comfortable dorm lodging* or, if you prefer, tent camping with a view of Amy Belle Lake
  • All instructional materials.
  • Course content: fire by friction, shelter-building, animal tracking, awareness skills, fox-walking, “splatter vision”, and much more.
  • Individualized instruction from experienced folks who have a passion to pass on these ancient skills; the student/instructor ratio is no greater than 6:1.

Children under 11 will be enrolled only with our prior approval. Every student 16 or under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

*Dorm accommodations: Please note that the dorm is co-ed and bunks are limited to 10 students.

**It is our desire to share these skills with family units and we realize that “per person” rates may be prohibitive. So if you are a parent who wishes to attend with 2 or more children (ages 18 and under), please contact us to discuss a possible family rate.

Refund policy: If you notify our office of cancellation more than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop, you will receive a full refund less a $15 service fee. Refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the workshop will be at the sole discretion of Nature Education Programs, Ltd.

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Comments from previous wilderness skills workshop participants:

  • Excellent! I am still amazed at how much we learned in such a short amount of time. I also thought the whole weekend was very well-planned.
  • I…really enjoyed the addition of the spiritual/native American philosophies. I feel that I not only improved my wilderness skills, but also my way of looking at the natural world & our place in it.
  • Especially memorable was all the hands on learning…Starting the fire was incredible. The feeling of accomplishment and humility that came with it was amazing.
  • I found all the skills to be useful and well taught…I never felt too busy or too slow…I think the tone of the course is a large part of what I enjoyed—respectful, laid back, and spiritual/reverant [sic] for all the topics.
  • The Instructors were great. Full of knowledge. All with different strengths. Fantastic.
  • I particularly appreciated the fact that all instructors shared their personal experiences and cared enough to check in with each of us to help us with the experiential learning… providing feedback and guidance.
  • You inspired me to learn more & continue on a path to connect with the earth.
  • I think each instructor brought something unique to the group and I feel privileged to have been taught in their individual areas of expertise. I also really enjoyed the sharing of stories and experiences. What a fun and interesting way to learn.

Short Courses

What 2 Know B4 You Go!™

Are you planning a summer trip?  Hiking?  Canoeing?  Camping?  Or simply driving to a national park?  This workshop will prepare you for most emergencies encountered in any outdoor activity.  What to do when you get lost.  How to stay warm when the weather turns.  What survival gear you should carry.  How to react in all manner of emergencies.  What 2 Know B4 You Go! is designed to keep you from getting into trouble in the first place and to help you make the right decisions should things somehow go wrong.  Read more about this program here.

Minimum age: 10; Children 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: May 13th, 2017

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Location:

Round Lake Area Library
906 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL 60073

Free! But registration is required.

Contact: Marina Stevens
847-546-7060 x113
mstevens@rlalibrary.org

 

What 2 Know B4 You Go!™

Are you planning a trip?  A Labor Day adventure?  Hiking?  Canoeing?  Camping?  Or simply driving to grandma’s for Thanksgiving?  This workshop will prepare you for most emergencies encountered in any outdoor activity.  How not to get lost.  What to do if you get lost.  How to stay warm when the weather turns.  What survival gear you should carry.  How to react in all manner of emergencies.  What 2 Know B4 You Go! is designed to keep you from getting into trouble in the first place and to help you make the right decisions should things somehow go wrong.  Read more about this program here.

Minimum age: 10; Children 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: July 15th, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon

Location:

The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, Illinois 60532

Fee: Members: $25; non-members: $34

Contact:  Registration opens May 23, 2017.  For more information contact: Registrar’s office at 630-719-2468

 

What 2 Know B4 You Go!™

This workshop will prepare participants for most emergencies encountered in any outdoor activity – hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, snow-shoeing, skiing, rafting, or driving in a car. The program is designed specifically for families with youngsters, or for those with limited experience in the outdoors. Read more about this program here.

Minimum age: 10; Children 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: September 23rd, 2017

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Location:

Benedictine University
Birck Hall of Science
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

Free! But you must register!
Contact: Karly Tumminello
630.829.6569
www.ben.edu/museum