Outdoor program offers 2 days in nature
Friday, October 4, 2013
HOLLIS – Can you light a sustainable fire with one match? Can you hike in the dark? Can you slow down enough to see and hear things you never noticed before in nature?
Join Beaver Brook Nature Center and Children of the Earth Foundation for a memorable experience camping and learning Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Meet at the Beaver Brook camp in Hollis at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4.
Children as young as age 7 and their families can come to discover the adventure, fun and confidence that knowing wilderness survival skills can provide. Learning survival skills at COTEF Family Survival Weekends teaches a great deal more than how to deal with an emergency.
During the COTEF Family Survival Weekend, families are introduced to all of the basic requirements of survival, including building shelters, finding and purifying water, making fire without matches and finding and preparing food, all without modern conveniences.
Beaver Brook Education Director Celeste Barr finds that many people today have had very little exposure to nature.
“Because of this, many of them have fears about being outside, whether they’re afraid of animals or insects or they have a fear of the unknown in the darkness of the forest at night,” she said.
In these programs, children get up close and personal with nature, whether it’s climbing into a debris hut made of sticks and leaves or tiptoeing soundlessly through the leaves to get close to animals. Overcoming fears can make a significant difference in how a young person views the world and their confidence blossoms.
Matt Atabelli, director of Children of the Earth and the leader of the program, was interviewed by Outside Magazine this summer on how to build the perfect fire. He has also taught survival skills training programs after Hurricane Sandy and how to keep people safe and comfortable in the woods throughout the East Coast. He has been trained by tracker and author, Tom Brown Jr.
Children of the Earth has received the endorsement of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a global alliance of native people, for sustaining education on indigenous skills. Co-instructor Chick Wetherbee, of Wilton, has attended dozens of Tom Brown Tracking School programs and taught survival skills for many years.
Fees are $200 for first person and $175 for each additional family member in the same household. Register online at www.cotef.org and fill out a medical form for each family member. You will receive a packing list of equipment.
Call Celeste Barr at Beaver Brook if you need to borrow equipment at 465-7787.