Wilderness Survival – Core Survival Skills Adventure Clinic

 “Primitive technology is our inheritance. It is a shared thread that links us to our prehistory and binds us all together as human beings.” – Steve Watts, President of the Society of Primitive Technology

Step back in time with us and spend a day outdoors learning the ancient skills and wilderness wisdom that our ancestors used to meet their basic living needs of shelter, water, fire & food on a daily basis.

Taught by an expert staff of survivalists & naturalists, our one day core survival skills clinic is a fast paced “learn by doing” adventure that will help you understand the mechanics of daily living in an outdoor environment without the modern conveniences of things like tents, sleeping bags, water filters, cooking pots, & supermarkets.

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:

Friction Fire: The A to Z of how to consistently create fire by friction, no matter where you are, using only sticks.

Natural Shelters:  Principles & proper techniques of effective shelter construction using only natural materials.

Water Wisdom: Learn how to locate water in the wilderness as well as how to purify water without any modern tools or materials.

Wild Eats: Learn life-saving foraging and hunting techniques that will help you to feed yourself off the land in the wilderness.

Survival Keystones: The expert “whys  and hows” behind the essential skills you’re learning that are critical to understand for anyone looking to successfully navigate wilderness living experiences.

Additional Information

Class Sizes: The average class size for this course is between 15 and 20 people. Classes are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

Age Requirements: This course is appropriate for all ages 5+, 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 signed 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. Thank you for complying!

What to bring: We suggest that you come dressed to spend a day outdoors where weather can change ( close-toed shoes, long pants, light-weight long-sleeve shirt, a hat, and cold-weather/rain gear as needed). It is also a good idea to pack a lunch/snacks, plenty of drinking water, as well as something to takes notes with if you wish. You may also want to bring a camera for still photography as permitted by the instructor. We’ll provide all the other things 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:
Firestone Scout Reservation: Map
San Francisco Bay Area:

Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards: Map
San Diego County:
Mataguay Scout Ranch: Map
Sacramento/Lake Tahoe:

Camp Alta: Map

Questions? Email us at any time: [email protected]

Would you like to plan a private lesson or unique corporate event? Please visit our Private Groups & Corporate Adventures Page for additional details and assistance.

Looking for a global survival adventure? Check out Global Adventures Page for a list of upcoming survival trips across California and just about everywhere else on the planet.

Core Survival Skills Clinic Dates & Locations:

Review Available Dates: Click on a “Register Now” button below to proceed with a real-time booking within our secure payment process. If you’re interested in booking an event with a red SOLD OUT button, click on the button to find out more. New class dates are added every few weeks!
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