JOIN OUR 4 MONTH & 9 MONTH INTENSIVE PROGRAMS
Explore the art and science of wildlife tracking, animal behavior, and ecology through our 9 month wildlife tracking intensive. This course meets one weekend a month to study the tracks and sign of the mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians of Texas. In addition to the 5 Bastrop/Austin area weekend classes there are three extended expeditions to other areas of the state including Big Bend NP, Monahans Sandhills SP, and the South Texas Coast. This intensive is instructed by our lead instructor, Dave Scott, who is one of the most highly qualified wildlife trackers in the United States.
Do you have the skills to survive? Our 9 month survival skills intensive is designed to teach you all of the skills you need to survive a survival situation in almost any environment. At Earth Native we believe that students learn through doing, not just though lectures. In this course you will learn to harness the power of fire, build a survival bow and arrows, trap small game, build and use practical shelters, make rope from plant fibers, catch and spear fish, the wild plants you can eat and lots more… This course culminates in a 4 day full survival trip in East Texas where participants are able to put their skills to the ultimate test.
Have you ever had a desire to take more responsibility for the food that you eat? In this four month intensive immersion course we will be teaching students how to hunt utilizing primitive bow and arrow. Each student will begin the course constructing their own wooden hunting bow and arrows. We’ll then spend the next three months exploring instinctive archery techniques, hunting strategies, natural camouflage, animal behavior, blind construction, wildlife trailing techniques, hunting ethics and much more. The class will conclude with 4 days of hunting for deer and feral hogs. This class will include a combination of weekend and evening sessions from September – mid December.
This course is designed for those who want it all. Participants of this apprenticeship will spend 9 months completely immersed in the natural world, wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, hunting , and self-sufficiency. The apprenticeship includes participation in the Wildlife Tracking Intensive, the Survival Skills Intensive, and the Primitive Hunting Immersion course. Participants will not only leave this course as very capable survivalists, but with an incredible understanding of and connection to the natural world. In addition, apprentices will have the opportunity to take courses on all of the topics that we offer at Earth Native and will receive a lot of valuable one on one mentoring.
Dave Scott teaching Wolf Tracking in Wisconsin winter of 2011
With Texas' Premier Wilderness Survival School
May 31-June 2 Escape & Evasion
June 10 Summer Camps Begin
August 10 Friction Fire
August 11 Bird Language
August 17-18 Wilderness Survival Weekend
August 21 Way of the Pathfinder begins
August 23-25 Knife Making
Aug 31-Sept 1 Intro to Wildlife Tracking
Sept 11 Homeschool Weekly Program Begins
Sept 14-19 Bow Building
Sept 25-27 Arrow Making
Sept 28-29 Flint Knapping
Oct 12 Camouflage & Concealment
Oct 13-19 Naturalist's Big Bend Expedition
Nov 23 Friction Fire
Nov 23 Fall Edible Plants
Nov 24 Fall Medicinal Plants
Dec 7-10 Knife Making
Dec 16-18 Brain Hide Tanning