“For 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine. - Janine M. Benyus
California Survival School’s Animal Tracking & Wilderness Awareness class is a fast-paced way to kick-start your awareness of the natural world around you into high gear. Our expert staff of naturalists and traditional living skills experts will guide you through an afternoon of activities that will facilitate an understanding of how the natural world around you constantly speaks to those who understand how to listen.
Appropriate for all ages, this class provides a solid foundation for both the camping novice as well as the seasoned outdoorsmen to gain the outdoor skills and understanding necessary to turn your wilderness surroundings from enemy to ally.
Skills & topics covered in the Core Survival Skills Clinic include:
Nature Awareness: Learn to understand the language of the natural world in order to see more wildlife and understand natural indicators that could save your life in a survival situation.
Animal Tracking Basics: Learn about animal behavior fundamentals and methodologies for animal track & sign identification. Track Identification, interpretation, aging, pace, gate, stride, trailing, and eco tracking are just a few of the aspects of tracking covered.
Basic Snares & Traps: Instructors will cover various trapping and snaring methods as well as how, where, and when to set them for maximum effect.
Class Sizes: The minimum number of people needed for a class to run is 10. Classes are limited to a maximum of 30 participants. (Compare to other survival schools – class sizes between 50-100 people!)
Age Requirements: This course is appropriate for all ages, however it is a fast-paced learning experience geared towards teens and adults. All participants under the age of 18 must have a participation agreement sign by their parent or legal guardian and children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian throughout the course. Childcare is not available at this course – it is the responsibility of parents to monitor their children so that our instructors can focus on teaching to the group. Thank you for complying!
Your clinic includes: Five hours of instruction plus all materials and tools that will be needed.
What to bring: We suggest that you come prepared with clothing to spend a day outdoors, a lunch, snacks, water, as well as something to takes notes with if you wish. You may also want to bring a camera. We’ll provide all the other equipment needed for your survival adventure!
Date & Time: All clinics run from 10 AM to 3 PM unless specifically noted otherwise. Available class dates are noted below for each location.
Directions: The date and locations for each class are listed in registration section below. Directions for every event location can be obtained by clicking the big green “Directions” button located in the bottom right of every page of our website. Our Main Site Locations are:
Orange County & Los Angeles: San Francisco Bay Area:
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