Alaska Wilderness Skills

  • Session 2: Intro to Tracking



Introduction to Tracking - The student will glimpse into and sense the interconnectedness of all things by reading the myriad tracks and trails etched within the confluence of the landscape’s topography, plant life, and soil substrates – including locating, aging, and interpreting tracks that are several years old. The student will sense and move within the landscape to the extent that they are no longer a disturbance to its natural baseline and can intimately observe wildlife without being detected, e.g., the ultimate experience being to touch a deer.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Natural Rhythms - Move within the natural rhythms of Nature to minimize their impact upon the environment and increase the student’s ability to observe Nature unaffected by their own presence.

2. Discern the Presence - Apply and combine all of the student’s senses to discern the presence and actions of wildlife.

3. Reconstruction - Reconstruct the chronological outline of wildlife activity.

4. Critical Thinking Skills - Display critical thinking skills in the interpretation of wildlife tracks.

5. Track Orientation - Understand how tracks originate in the earth.

6. Identify Tracks - Identify, age, and record wildlife tracks in different soil types.

7. Animal’s Behavior - Appreciate how one animal’s behavior and movements affect the forest and vice versa.

8. Landscape Topography - See within the confluence of landscape topography, plant life, and soil substrates to read the many patterns of wildlife trail systems as one would read a road map of city streets and highways.

Registration:


 Minimum of 8 students and Max of 16     


1 pm to 4 pm, 5 days


 Ages 7 to 13

Tuition: $150 per student

Session 1: Sustainability



Sustainability - The student will experience an inner reorientation of their relationship to all life forms upon the landscape where the student internalizes how the quality of one’s survival is based upon the quality of one’s relationship with these life forms.

 

Learning Outcomes:

1. Basic Needs - Understand and explain how our basic needs of Shelter, Water, Fire and Food may be sustained through Natural life forms.

2. Awareness - Demonstrate awareness of Natural resources sufficient to identify and gather materials to meet their basic needs

3. Fashion Natural Tools - use them to meet basic needs.

4. Read Broad landscapes - from afar to identify primary areas of wildlife trail systems, utilitarian plant species, and natural resources for tool making.

Registration:

Minimum of 8 students and Max of 16



1 pm to 4 pm 5 days

Ages 7 to 13

Tuition: $150 per student

Session 3: Caretaking & Storytelling



Caretaking - By distinguishing their wants from their needs, the student will understand what must be preserved and nurtured in order to sustain their life within the overall balance of life on the Earth.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Caretaker - Demonstrate an understanding of the caretaker attitude and discuss how the application of natural skills of survival, when optimally applied, can sustain both the person and the environment and foster what Aldo Leopold defined as the real measure of health, i.e. ‘the capacity for self-renewal’.

2. Needs and Wants - Differentiate between needs and wants and explain how the manner in which the student chooses to fulfill them impacts the environment.

3. Well-being - Reflect upon and express the impact of shifting from perceiving the acquisition of goods as a measure of affluence to the perspective that the continuous receipt of quality, utility, and performance promotes well-being.

4. Awareness - Become aware of the interaction among wildlife in the forest and the interconnectedness of natural systems and discuss the potential of bio-mimicry modeling [i.e. where the output of one system is input to another].

 

Storytelling - The student will replicate the oral tradition of storytelling in such manner as to bring their listeners into the story and relive it in a way that conveys the lessons learned that are beyond words.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Personal Attributes - Become aware of the personal attributes that enable the teaching of another in a particular skill.

2. Communicate - Develop the ability to communicate new discoveries using oral and physical expression and appreciate their role in preserving knowledge.

3. Express Empathy - for animal movements and how species adapt to each other and people in the forest.

Registration:

Minimum of 8 students and Max of 16

1 pm to 4 pm

Ages 7 to 13

Tuition: $150 per student