Amazon best-selling author and certified Master Naturalist, Craig Caudill (Owner/Director of Nature Reliance School)
BEYOND THE BASICS will dig deep into the natural world and how to use it effectively for our needs in survival and bushcraft.
This intermediate course will cover the following topics:
Animal Tracks - Animal tracks are one of the primary keys to understanding what is going on around you in any natural area. We will learn the 10 steps to identifying tracks and look at track casts and other data to help identify common species. We will also walk the property to discover tracks and other sign that indicate various species of wildlife.
Nature Awareness - We will go in depth on utilizing nature for forecasting the weather, finding direction, and setting yourself up for success in survival situations. This will include specific instruction that anchor all organisms in nature and how we can use those anchors to our benefit.
Plant Systematics & ID - How to identify different species of plants for the purpose of utilizing them for food and medicine. Some plants are easily identified, others are more technical. Learn how to utilize a dichotomous key and cell phone apps to properly identify any plant in the world.
Tree Identification - Utilize tree ID to find superior species for survival and bushcraft. Some species are great for food, medicine, and others are better for fire and tools. Know how to identify them by leaves, bark, buds, site location, and overall appearance in any season.
Trapping - trapping for sustenance and survival is crucial. Trapping involves two things, the trap itself and its placement. Understanding one with out the other is a recipe for failure. We will use our newfound tracking knowledge and apply it to trapping.
Each participant will get hands experience utilizing these practical skills. Craig loves sharing these skills with others and will ensure you have a good time and learn a lot that you can take away and use on your own!
Primitive camping on-site is included with this class but not required. The class will be conducted at our Basecamp which is a short walk from the parking area.
The Porta-Potty is located about 100 yards from the class area.
Knife with 90¬∞ Spine
Recommended Items -
Recommended Items -
Waterproof Notepad and Pen
Stainless Steel Water Bottle & Nesting Cup
Weather Appropriate Clothing
Leather Work Gloves
General Camping Essentials
-Tent / Hammock / Tarp
-Head Light & Extra Batteries
All students must read, agree, and sign our 2022 Liability Waiver prior to arriving on site.
Look for the signs directing you to the second driveway on your right next to the large barn and blue dumpster. Pull in past the Welcome Sign and park at the entrance of the trail straight ahead.
Grab your gear and follow the signs to Basecamp located about 200 yards down the main trail beyond the red gate. This is where the majority of class instruction will be throughout the weekend.
Set up camp anywhere to the right (west) side of the main trail surrounding Basecamp. We suggest setting up further away from the main fire pit if you prefer to not hear possible late night fireside conversations.
5PM: Arrival / Meet & Greet
8AM: CLASS BEGINS
This is a relaxed class environment. Restroom & snack breaks are taken at your leisure. Instruction will continue at a moderate pass until noon.
12PM: LUNCH BREAK
We will break for a 30min lunch break.
6PM: DAY ONE COMPLETE
We typically break for the day around 6PM. Unstructured instruction usually continues around the campfire throughout the evening. This allows for additional questions to be presented or more time to complete projects from earlier in the day.
8AM: CLASS BEGINS
12PM: CLASS ENDS / PACK UP
DUE TO INSURANCE PURPOSES, WE DO NOT ALLOW CAMPING ON-SITE AFTER THE CLASS IS COMPLETED.