ADULT INTENSIVE COURSES
Wildlife Tracking Intensive
Most wild animals are secretive, nocturnal, or simply difficult to observe in the wild. Wildlife tracking skills can provide us an incredible window in the secret lives of Texas’ animal species. A skilled observer can not only determine what animals are inhabiting an area through the tracks that they are leaving behind but can also establish track and sign pattern interpretations that give us a much greater understanding of animal behavior.
This 8 month intensive course, meeting one weekend a month from October-May, will provide you with an incredible amount of experience in the field identifying the tracks and sign of Central Texas animal species.
In this course you will follow black bear trails through the Chisos Mountains, observe mountain lion tracks and sign along the Rio Grande, unlock unknown stories in the lives of river otters and beavers along the banks of the Colorado river, watch and track shore birds and alligators along the gulf coast, and follow coyote and badger trails as they snake through the Monahans Sandhills. All of this under the close watch and guidance of our accomplished and passionate wildlife tracking instructors, Jason Kleinert, Marcia Karr and Ann Kolbeck.
No prior experience with wildlife tracking is necessary.
Survival Skills Intensive
Join us for our Survival Skills Intensive, an 8 month ongoing wilderness survival class that meets one weekend each month to study wilderness survival skills. At Earth Native we believe that long term mentoring situations are the best way to learn these incredible skills. For this reason we are pleased to offer this opportunity for you to learn the ancient arts of survival and self-sufficiency.
Over the course of 8 months you will greatly increase your ability to be self sufficient in a survival situation through knowledge of indigenous and modern survival skills, technology, and philosophies, as well as increased comfort in wild places through knowledge of, and connection to place.
You will leave this program with the confidence and skill necessary to survive in the wilderness, and the knowledge necessary to continue growing your survival skills on your own.
Students will have been introduced to theories of indigenous survival, indigenous living skills, and modern wilderness survival techniques, and will have had opportunities to put these skills into practice on a three day shelter overnight trip in February and an instructor led survival trip in May that concludes the program.
Women's Wilderness Skills Adventure
Come explore the woods and wilderness skills with us for 5 months, in this awesome outdoor adventure experience created by women for women!
Whether you are looking to get more into backpacking, camping, or solo or group wilderness trips this class will provide an excellent addition to your knowledge. Learn valuable skills to help stay safe in the woods and what to do when things inevitably go wrong.
This class will cover everything from knife and tool use use, fire skills, makeshift shelter construction, backcountry first aid skills, trip planning, active wilderness risk assessment, gear selection, and navigation, and will also include specific women specific challenges that are often left unexplained in typical outdoor courses.
This course is designed to equip women and girls with the knowledge, skills and abilities to take on backcountry trips and to address the sources of anxiety that can keep people from taking steps towards their next wilderness adventure. Bring your interest and your questions and we will unpack all it in a low stress, beginner friendly environment and help you build the basic skills and confidence you need.