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Would you like learn hands-on skills essential for wilderness survival and exploration? Wilderness Skills is an in-depth, engaging course that includes bushcraft and wilderness skills like archery, orienteering, shelter building, fire starting, orienteering, fishing, kayaking, and foraging. This 16-week class meets in various locations throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.

Class Duration: Late August - Mid-May

Ages: 7th -12th grade

Why Wilderness Skills?

Value: The Wilderness Skills class obtains group discounts for skills like kayaking and archery. The course includes all necessary supplies and tools, including kayaking and archery gear, fishing pole and supplies, bushcraft supplies, and shelter-building materials.

Explore: Learners get to experience many wilderness skills over six segments. Segments occur through seasons in multiple locations in the greater Grand Rapids area. Learners will be introduced to kayaking, wilderness survival, orienteering, archery, bushcraft techniques, and fishing.

Quality Instruction: Your instructor has experience in all aspects of bushcraft and outdoor exploration. He’s also a Michigan-certified teacher and is trained in wilderness first aid.

Community: You’ll go on a quest with your fellow classmates, from kayaking a winding river to creating sturdy shelters to handling compasses and building fires. Along the way, you’ll explore common interests, work as a team, and learn hands-on skills.


Available Wilderness Skills classes 2024/25 School Year

Tuesdays 11:00-1:00

Tuesdays 1:30-3:30

Please note: Some class times may vary slightly depending on the segment activity and venue availability. See syllabus below for more details.


Class Outline:

First Semester:

Segment 1: Kayaking

Segment 2: Shelter building and woodcraft

Segment 3: Orienteering

Second Semester:

Segment 4: Archery

Segment 5: Winter Survival

Segment 6: Fishing

Wilderness Skills 2024/25 Class Syllabus

Class space is limited to a maximum of 12 students. Classes with fewer than 6 students will be cancelled and those participants will be invited to join another class time.

Cancelation Policy: If registration is canceled before June 1 2024, you will be issued a full refund (including deposit) with the exception of a $25 administrative fee.

Cancelations between June 2 2024 and the first day of class will receive all tuition refunded except for the $150 deposit.

Cancelations after class begins will not receive a refund.

More questions? Visit our FAQ'S Page or ask us anything through our Contact Page

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