Wilderness School Workshops
Become Capable & Confident in the Wild!
NEW! Wilderness School Series
Our new Wilderness School Series has our most popular courses together in one comprehensive workshop series spread out over 8 sessions. It has a blended delivery format with the portions normally covered in class being virtual, with each portion then having a full day of hands on training to compliment and anchor the in-class learning.
This series will run once in the spring and once in the fall. See below for a sample schedule and course outline.
Pre-registration is required.
Individual workshops are available, see the section below for more information.
Our Goal during this Wilderness School Series is to help you build critical skills that you will need to adventure successfully.
We will start with Navigation. Two 4-hour virtual sessions will cover the tried and true theory of navigation, helping you understand and master skills such as choosing and reading maps, measuring distances, choosing and using compasses, utilizing grid references and creating your route cards. These skills will help you make the most of these valuable tools, no batteries or cell service necessary. After the virtual sessions we will have a full day of hands on practice with on-the-ground map reading, compass use, pacing and more.
The second component will utilize your navigation skills and route plans for successful Trip Planning. Two 4-hour virtual sessions will help you understand the fundamentals of utilizing a trip plan to help determine how much food, fuel, time etc., you need to successful complete your trip. Many different considerations and facets of Trip Planning will be explored, right from determining why you are taking the trip to who would make good trip companions, fitness requirements and more.
The third component of our series will give you a great basis in Wilderness Survival. One 4 hour virtual class will cover some of the theory that you need before we head out on our final session, which is a full day of wilderness survival training where you be building a shelter to sleep in over night. After your night out we will cover any remaining curriculum in the morning and have a series debrief and wrap up – leaving you feeling empowered and ready to adventure!
Series Schedule - Future Dates TBD
Week 1 – 4 Hours – Navigation Session A (Virtual)
Week 2 – 4 Hours – Navigation Session B (Virtual)
Week 3 – Full Day – Navigation Session C (In Person)
Week 4 – 4 Hours – Trip Planning Session A (Virtual)
Week 5 – 4 Hours – Trip Planning Session B (Virtual)
Week 6 – Full Day – Trip Planning Session C (In Person)
Week 7 – 4 Hours – Wilderness Survival Session A (Virtual)
Week 8 – Full Day/Overnight – Wilderness Series Session B (In Person Overnight)
You can take each of these subject workshops separately, but you get a more robust and complete education, and a better deal when you take them as a series.
Full Series Cost $550
Individual Workshop Costs:
Navigation (x2 virtual sessions and x1 in person session) $150
Trip Planning **Navigation is required as a pre-requisite to taking this workshop** (x2 virtual sessions and x1 in person session) $150
Wilderness Survival (x1 virtual session and x1 in person overnight session) $350
What is included?
Before your first virtual session we will send you a package with our custom workshop materials for use during the virtual portions. During the hands on portions you will get any required workshop materials, use of our equipment, and some survival gear to keep.
There will also be opportunity to purchase items such as Silva Compasses etc., if you want during the in person portions.
- Q. Is this series beginner friendly? A. Yes, This series is great for beginners!
- Q. Are there biting insects during the in-person portions? A. Yes. They are the most present early in the spring, after Mother’s Day into June. Not as many through summer, and almost none in the early fall. We recommend non-DEET insect repellent (as DEET eats equipment), and wearing long, loose, light coloured layers and/or bug jackets to make bug season more enjoyable.
- Q. Can you make accomodation for disabilities. A. Yes, please communicate your needs with us and we will work with you to do our best to ensure we can accomodate where we need to make it possible.
- Q. Are support animals welcome? A. Yes.
Booking Individual Courses
If you would like to book courses individually see the links below.
If you would like us to put together a custom course for your group please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can train students, including post-secondary Adventure Program students, camp councilors, guides, filmmakers, flight crew, humanitarian teams going into dangerous areas (either conflict or natural disasters), clubs etc.
Keep an eye out for upcoming wild edibles courses!
During the winter, look for the awesome Chaga 101 (and then some!) workshop! Popular foraging and outdoors educator Stephan Lukacic (@stevie_funfur on Instagram) takes you deep into the science, tradition, and practical use of this amazing medicinal mushroom!
This hyper focused workshop consists of an hour+ long seminar, discussing the medicinal uses and health benefits of the chaga fungus. You’ll also discuss the many beneficial compounds it contains, best practices for preservation and preparation, and much, much more! Then you’ll hike out into the forest where Steve will teach you how to accurately identify chaga, and demonstrate safe and sustainable harvesting techniques. And of course, the afternoon culminates with a delicious chaga tea tasting!!
We will cover the tried and true theory of navigation, helping you understand and master skills such as choosing and reading maps, measuring distances, choosing and using compasses, utilizing grid references and creating your route cards. This course will be a blended delivery with in class work being delivered virtually, followed by a full day of in-person practice with your instructor.
Future Dates are being scheduled, keep an eye on your events calendar!
You must have a min group of 4 to book this course on a custom date- special rates apply to school groups, or larger group bookings. Contact us for details.
Sun, Apr 24 – 4 pm – 8 pm – Session A (Virtual)
Sat, Apr 30, 10 am to Sun, May 1, 2 pm – Session B (In Person Overnight)
Learn to build & utilizing a Trip Plan including food, fuel, time & everything you need for a successful trip. Many different considerations and facets of Trip Planning will be explored, right from determining why you are taking the trip to who would make good trip companions, fitness requirements & more. This course is in a blended format with class work being delivered virtually, followed by an day of in person training with your instructor.
Future Dates are being scheduled, keep an eye on our events calendar!
Min group of 4 to book this course on a custom date. Special rates apply to school or large groups.
• Trip preparation and how to avoid getting lost.
• What to include in a survival kit.
• Basic navigation skills – Staying found!
• Immediate actions to take when lost.
• The 7 enemies of survival and the psychology of survival.
• Starting, maintaining and extinguishing fires. (With and without matches).
• Water collection and purification.
• Shelter building.
• Wilderness food sources and cooking techniques.
• Signaling and ensuring you are found by SAR.
• When and how to self-rescue.
Course material is included.