EARTH SKILLS CLUB

A NATURE CLUB FOR BOYS AGES 10-13

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Earth Skills Club is a nature club for middle school boys. We come together each week to build our wilderness skills, practice nature awareness and connect with each other and the land. This is a great time to build the essentials, confidence and camaraderie we will need to undertake bigger adventures and trips on weekends and holidays.  From fire making and knife use to archery and basketry, we'll spend some of each day working with our hands on ancestral arts/primitive skills. We'll balance focused time with some awareness games and story to refine our naturalist knowledge. Most days will be spent at the redwoods, creek and around the fire at Peri Park, though we will have occasional short trips to nearby locations (mostly within the watershed of Fairfax). Additional optional weekend and holiday trips will be offered.

Spencer Nielsen and Nick Nutu, both passionate about helping boys stay nature connected through the teenage years into adulthood, will be the well loved guides of the club.

This program follows our core curriculum.


EARTH SKILLS CLUB FOR BOYS - FAIRFAX

  • When: Thursdays 3:45-5:45pm
  • Who: Boys Ages 10-13
    (We welcome any 10-13 year olds who identify as boys)
  • Session: 16 Weeks: Aug 30 - Dec 20, 2018 (Off Nov 22)
    (Even if registration is closed, it may be possible to join us. Contact us)
  • Tuition: $495
    Monthly payment plan and Scholarships available.

(Even if registration is closed, it may be possible to join us. Contact us)


The perfect optional program to go along with Earth Skills Club is our FIREKEEPERS: Camping & Skills Series for Boys - See Below:


FIREKEEPERS:
CAMPING & SKILLS SERIES FOR BOYS

FOR BOYS AGES: 10-13

A unique chance to deepen your skills with some of our most experienced instructors.

We truly tend the fire as we focus on skills that build our competency in the wilderness. These weekend trips aimed at deepening connection with the land and each other. Exploring a variety of California ecosystems, the flora & fauna and ecology will be our teachers. We take our tracking and naturalist skills to new habitats developing self-awareness and self-confidence. The skills learned at each camp out build upon each other and are ideally experienced as a series, but are available by camp as well. We start with increasing our competency with knives from knife safety to carving techniques. Of course we also leave time for some awesome scout games, star gazing and stories around the fire.

Vilda's well-loved Spencer Nielsen and Ramsey Demeter (from fellow wilderness school 4EEE in Grass Valley) will take turns leading these trips. 

In addition to our core curriculum, these camps may include a focus on:

  • Wild Edible & Medical Plant ID & Use
  • Kayak Camping on Tomales Bay
  • Solo Time & Opportunity for Artistic Expression
  • Peacemaker Principles
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Way of Council
  • Scout Games & Practices
  • Nature Awareness Skills
  • Animal Tracking & Bird Language
  • Fire by Friction & Fire Tending
  • Orienteerings with Map & Compass
  • Aid-less Navigation & "Lost-Proofing"
  • Backpacking Skills: Tarp Use, Knots, Backcountry Cooking
  • Wilderness Safety & "Leave No Trace" Ethics

SUMMARY

Instructors: Spencer Nielsen & Ramsey Demeter

Ages: 10-13 year old boys
(We welcome any 10-13 year olds who identify as boys)