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North Woods Survival Skills Clinic
August 14 | @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join nationally certified interpretive guide, retired fire department emergency paramedic and Cadillac’s own Edward Shaw, a true outdoorsman in every sense of the word! In this unique class, you will learn what is the most important thing you need in any survival situation and how to prioritize your needs to survive. You’ll learn how to navigate with tools like a map and compass, along with using some natural features to get you back on track to your destination when no modern tools are available.
In this fun-filled adventure, you will learn the basics of what you need to survive in the event you ever find yourself stranded in the outdoors, including:
- Wilderness first aid.
- How to safely prepare water for drinking.
- Plants you can gather as wild edibles and for medicinal uses, along with what plants to avoid.
- How to safely start a fire without matches.
- How to make cordage (rope from plants), along with some very useful knots to know.
- How to make a log stove.
- How to Identify animal tracks and scat.
You will also learn to shoot one of the oldest tools, which propelled human survival here on Earth – the bow and arrow. You will learn from a USA Archery-certified coach and instructor, who is also a hunter who has harvested animals from five continents. You will get to shoot a bow at a standard target and then, once you have honed your skills, you will get a chance to do a mock hunt with some life-size 3D animals in a natural setting.
Lastly, you’ll learn about some very helpful gear to always take with you afield to help you be prepared. This class, geared for ages 8 and up, is great for the whole family. The cost for the class is $45, which includes instruction, lunch and a survival knife valued at $35. Participation is limited to 40 students.
To register for this class, go to Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses and click on the “Purchase a license” button. Sign in (using either a username and password or your ID and birthdate), and find the class under the Outdoor Skills Academy tab. For more information, contact the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at 231-779-1321.
This class is part of the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy, which offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more at Michigan.gov/OutdoorSkills.
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