Adult Programs

Adventure isn't just for kids

Our experienced outdoor staff are eager to provide adult programs for every level of expertise. Enjoy learning for an hour, afternoon, a whole day, or book a weekend program for you and your friends using our “family programs” option.

sCHEDULE YOUR aDVENTURE

jump in!

Free Pop Ups

description:

Not sure if we are your kind of adventure? Interested in what we do but nervous about the whole paying part? Have we got a deal for you! Come visit one of our bi-monthly adult pop-up programs in local parks. Two hours of experienced instruction in a whole variety of awesome skills, all for everybody’s favorite price!

Details:

TUITION:
FREE
AGES:
LOCATIONS:
Grant Park
Arbor Lodge
18+

Afternoon Adventure

description:

You are a busy person with a busy schedule, but there is always time for an adventure. Enjoy an afternoon of learning in local outdoor spaces to introduce you to the core concepts of a new skill. From knife sharpening to knot tying, we have a whole host of useful and fun skills to share with you. Join a scheduled program or book a private class with friends. Program runs from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Details:

TUITION:
TBD
AGES:
TIMES AND DATES:
1pm - 4pm
PICKUP LOCATIONS:
TBD
18+

A Day of Adventure

description:

For the more enthusiastic adventurers, we offer full day intensives on wilderness and traditional skills. Learn to build a shelter or track a deer, practice your archery or uncover the hidden bounty of edible plants. With experienced teachers and a truly wild space, the potential for adventure is endless. Join a scheduled program or book a private one with friends. Program runs from 9:00am -4:00pm

Details:

TUITION:
TBD
AGES:
TIMES AND DATES:
Weekend days
9:00am -4:00pm
PICKUP LOCATIONS:
TBD
18+

Calendar

Program Catalogue

Miscellaneous Missles

Who doesn’t love throwing things. It’s hardwired into our DNA. Some say that it was the ability to throw objects with accuracy and force that made early humans such effective hunters. Whatever the reason, humans have thrown and shot objects for business and pleasure since before history was history. Join a long tradition of throwing stuff and learn the basics of things like knife and hatchet throwing, bows, javelins, atl-atls, slings, and of course, sticks. You’d be surprised how much technique goes into throwing a stick.

Intro to Edible Plants

Discover the deliciousness you've been walking by all this time. We'll discuss some basic botanical concepts and explore a local natural area to identify and learn about some common edibles. Once you learn to identify them, you'll likely find more than a few of these plants in your own yard!

Wild Whittling

Woodworking comes in a hundred shapes and sizes, but a basic familiarity with two or three tools opens up all kinds of exciting prospects. Spend a day learning how to use tools like the knife, gouge, and hook knife for the basics of simple whittling, and leave with your very own wand, spoon, spatula, or sculpture!

Camp Fire Cooking

Is there a special trick to cooking a good stew on a fire? Ever wanted to cook without a pot or pan? Are you curious if you could source a full course meal off the land around you? Ever had smoked salmon with potatoes, cooked in berries and served with a freshly brewed cedar tip and licorice root tea?

Fresh air and hunger are all well and good, but at the end of the day the best seasoning is still the right amount of know how. 

Learn the basics of building a good cook fire, foraging for edible plants, fishing, different techniques for cooking on a campfire, and the one spice blend you should always be sure to pack. Alternatively you can enjoy hearty, wild cooked meals that other people cooked for you. You can even do a mix of both!

The possibilities are endless... If you can’t count to four.

Bushcraft, KNots, and Rope

Join us as we learn some handy knots to use on your next outdoor adventure, and a few that'll come in handy for everyday use. You'll get your own piece of practice rope to keep your new skills sharp. Who needs zip ties when you've got the knot knowledge?! 

All About Knives

In this class we'll discuss and learn to safely use one of the most popular bushcraft tools, the knife. We'll touch on basic knife safety, several beginner and intermediate carving techniques or "cuts", and start a basic bushcraft carving project that you can use to monitor your progress. You'll even come away from this class with your very own brand new knife!

Survival 5's and 3's

The odds of a survival emergency are low. But not zero. Then again, most wilderness emergencies are resolved within 24 hours. Of course, exposure can kill you in three. None of us want to be at the end of that bell curve, and a quick familiarity with the basics of emergency survival can provide added peace of mind on that long backpacking trip or disaster preparedness. Besides, it’s lots of fun and great to talk about at parties. 

Get an introduction to some of the core theories of Bushcraft, as well as an orientation with the five basic tools and the five priorities of survival. 

Learn the basics of packing your emergency kit, and how to actually use that one thing that’s in there in case you ever need it. You know the one.

campfire tales

Storytelling is a fading art, but it doesn’t have to be! Ever wanted to tell a perfect campfire story? Well, we can’t promise perfect, but we can help out with some tips and tricks to help guide you towards those ghost story gasps you love so much. This class will introduce you to concepts like narrative motifs, the shape of stories, and of course, the two perfect props.

Wilderness presence

Hidden in the dense foliage, you watch as a deer steps lightly into the clearing, with bated breath you line up your shot, careful you don’t spook it, and *click*, you take the picture. 

Stealth doesn’t have to just be about hunting and scaring the dickens out of your friends around the campfire. No matter how remote the wilderness, no matter if you’ve parachuted into the dead center of the Amazon rainforest, you cannot experience a wilderness without people. At least, not until you get good at stealth. 

You see, too often we bring the people with us into the wild, even when we travel alone. By learning to move in lower impact and higher awareness ways, we can become more in tune with our natural experience. Animals and plants that would have gone unnoticed come into focus when we move at a more natural pace. One of the best ways to find animals is to wait for them to find you. And, as an added bonus, you’ll be way better at hunting or scaring the dickens out of your friends around the campfire.

shelters and shanties

No not sea shanties, though we could definitely do a course on those too. Instead, this course focuses on the basics of wilderness shelter building in the Pacific Northwest. What are the nine legoes of shelter? What are the three basic roof types? What kind of shelter should you build before darkness falls on your accidental camping trip? Answers to all of these questions and more on the program we almost named “Gimme Shelter!” 

Mythic Wilds

Have you ever sat by a campfire and heard a story echo off the trees? Ever felt the call of adventure in the mysterious woodlands? Are you jealous of mythical heroes? 

Reconnect with wilderness traditions of myth and legend, exploring the skills and stories of Mythology and folklore. Gain an understanding of heritage and historical wilderness traditions, grounded in the art of oral storytelling.  This is a twofold class with a focus on the interplay between oral storytelling and nature The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to craft storytelling as well as explore the natural realities contained within specific tales in order to become more familiar with the story, nature, and wilderness tradition. The story selection includes over forty stories memorized by yours truly, mostly centered around the Gaelic cultures of Scotland and Ireland, but with stories from numerous traditions.

Skills might include: the six shapes of mythic stories, basic tracking skills, the two best props for a storyteller, sheleighly making, folkloric tree beliefs, how to build a fire, etc. This program is sort of Mick's pet project, so come nerds, join me!!

Contact Us

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Contact Us