Map Reading & Natural Navigation  

May 20-21 

In a world that relies way too heavily on GPS and Google Maps (just our opinion), the ability to navigate in the outdoors is becoming rarer and rarer. Don’t let Duracell determine your fate! Join Earth Native for a weekend of land navigation that will give you the tools that you need to navigate any landscape successfully using map and compass and natural navigation methods.

Earth Native lead instructor Dave Scott will be teaching this course. Dave has over two decades of experience navigating rough terrain in the U.S. Army, and during his time working with Search and Rescue teams in the Rocky Mountains. 


Upcoming Adult Classes 

With Texas' Premier Outdoor, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School

Map Reading and Natural Navigation - May 20-21

Wildlife Trapping - May 21

Wildlife Track and Sign Certification  - May 27-28

Wilderness Survival 101 - August 26-27

Pine Needle Baskets - September 23

Wildlife Tracking Intensive begins - September 30

Earth Paints & Pigments - September 30

Survival Skills Intensive begins - October 7

Knife Making - October 13-15

Survival Bows - October 15

Natural Pottery (Class 1) - October 21

Acorn Harvesting & Processing - October 22

Fall Edible Plants - October 28

Flint Knapping & Primitive Stone Tools - October 28

Fall Medicinal Plants - October 29

Natural Pottery (Class 2) - November 4

Brain Tanning Buckskins - November 18-19

Wilderness Bushcraft - December 2-3

…Other adults classes and the full 2017/18 schedule

Upcoming Youth Classes

Muddy Shoes: Preschool Explorers - May 6 

Primitive Projectiles - May 20

Tracking Detectives May 21

Summer Camps June-August

Weekly Nature School begins - September 13-15

Bow Building for Kids - September 16-17

Flying Squirrels begins - September 18

Knife Carving & Safety - September 24

Ninja Coyotes - September 24

Teen Tracker - Teen Wildlife Tracking Certification begins - October 2

Advanced Monthly Program begins - October 7

Monday Monthly Program begins - October 9

Teen Wilderness Adventure begins - October 14

Saturday Monthly Program begins - October 21

Preschool Monthly Program begins - October 21

Acorns Aren't Just for Squirrels - November 5

More than S’mores - November 12

Other youth classes and the 2017/18 schedule

I have attended courses at ENWS for 4 years.  To call the classes "impactful" is a severe understatement.  They have been perspective altering.  To quote Thomas Henry Huxley:
"To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or sea-side stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall. Teach him something of natural history, and you place in his hands a catalogue of those which are worth turning around."
Earth Native's classes are mostly outdoors, always interesting, and a great way to change your perspective.  As for me, it has granted me a catalogue (to reference the quote) that now permeates the way I perceive the natural world.  Instead of a city-boy with zero confidence in the wilderness, I now feel competent to the level of comfort in being part of nature.
I owe a lot to ENWS and will never be able to repay the debt. - JB

Earth Native offers fantastic classes for both children and adults--whether you haven't played outside since you were little or if you spend every weekend hiking, Earth Native has some sort of class that would suit you.  Personally I've done everything from short plant walks and bird watching classes to 9-month survival and tracking intensives.  The campus in Bastrop is a good balance between developed (adequate parking and flush toilets) and wild (a river otter has been spotted in the creek and I hear owls and coyotes every time I camp out there).  The staff is kind, knowledgeable, and always working on improving their own skills.
Bottom line: Highly recommended for kids and adults who want to discover their wild side. - AK

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