Bushcraft Workshops

Bushcraft Workshops

Bushcraft at Cumming Nature Center is a combination of wilderness skills, wildcrafting, and creative nature awareness. These programs teach participants the skills and knowledge to thrive in nature.

The origin of the phrase "bushcraft" comes from skills used in the bush country of Australia. Bushcraft skills include firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter-building, navigation by natural means, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, water sourcing, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, and rope and twine-making, among others. Join us and learn these skills! 

Fire Workshop I: All About Fire

Saturday, Sept 28 | 9am – 12pm 

Saturday, Oct 12 | 9am – 12pm 

From cooking a meal to warming our toes on a frosty day, the hearth has been a welcome addition to homes across the ages. Join us at the Cumming Nature Center for a day focused around the resource that makes us human—fire! Learn how to build and light a fire from local materials with a variety of methods during an action-packed day of stories, games, and even a challenge or two! 
Spend an afternoon among the trees learning to understand fire, including how to start one with a single match, general fire safety, the chemistry of flame, and the many natural materials humans have used as fuel for fire throughout history. Alex Szuba, experienced primitive skills and Forest School educator, will be the instructor and guide for this three hour, fire-filled day. Space is limited to 15 participants, so don’t wait to sign up! 

Appropriate for: Families, Children 8 or older.  Adults are welcome to stay, but may drop their child off after filling out appropriate paperwork.

Tickets:

$25/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.   

Sept 28 Session

Oct 12 Session

 

Pine Needle Basketry 

Saturday, Sept 28 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Join us under the pines to learn more about the ancient art of basket making. Participants will learn about traditional methods of coil basketry including how to collect materials, what species of pines to gather from, and how to process the needles.  Work with an artist and naturalist to weave a basket of your own. 

Appropriate for: ages 8 and up

Tickets:

$25/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.

12:30 Session

 

Fire Workshop II: Methods of Fire      

Saturday, September 28 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Saturday, October 12 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Fire as a tool, in history, and even in the rain. If either of these topics peak your interest, then this is an opportunity for you and your family! Join us in the forest of Cumming Nature Center for an afternoon honing your fire skills and learning more advanced methods like using flint and steel, fire by friction, and how to light a fire in wet weather. In addition, we will also use fire as a tool to create a bowl as a group project, cook a tasty treat, and learn how the use of fire has changed throughout human history. There are a total of 20 spots available for this three-hour program led by Alex Szuba, a wilderness skills instructor and nature educator with a passion for fire skills.

Appropriate for: This program has been built with families in mind. Children under the age of 12 must come accompanied by an adult, and children 12 and up may be signed in and dropped off at the start of the program by filling out a medical release form.

Tickets:

$25/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.

Sept 28 Session

Oct 12 Session

 

Make Your Own Leather Pouch

Saturday, October 12 | 12:30 – 3:30pm

Make a pouch for storing tinder, medicine, or special treasures using leather materials.  Participants will work with leather to create a drawstring pouch, sewing with sinew or leather cord, and personalizing with bones, beads, and more.

Appropriate for:  ages 8 and up

Tickets:

$25/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.

12:30PM SESSION

 

Fire Workshop III: Friction Fire

Saturday, November 2 | 9am – 12pm 

Saturday, November 2 | 12:30pm-3:30pm 

With a steady breath you bring your bundle of bark and grasses to life. Born from a self-crafted kit, the flame you created grows larger as you feed it bits of dry goldenrod, bark, and twigs --  gifts from the landscape unlocked through wisdom not yet lost to time. 
The Cumming Nature Center will offer a workshop all about fire by friction, Participants will discover the basics of fire, learn what materials to use from the landscape, and construct their own bow drill kit. This hands-on workshop is designed for young people and adults ages 14 and older who will be comfortable using carving tools. Alex Szuba, experienced primitive skills and Forest School educator, is leading this Fire Series. 15 slots available. Come learn a timeless skill that can be used in a survival situation, or to pass on to your family next time you go camping. 

Appropriate for: young people and adults ages 14 and older who will be comfortable using carving tools.

Tickets:

$40/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.
Includes bow drill kit supplies

 

9AM SESSION

12:30PM SESSION

 

Wild Basketry 

Saturday, November 2 | 10am – 3:30pm

Join us for a full day of wildcrafting your own basket using materials harvested off the landscape.  Get familiar with spruce roots, bending branches for weaving or even the feel of cattails for coiling as you get to know the landscape.  Work with a guide to transform the plants around you into one-of-a kind baskets. Please pack a lunch and water. 

Appropriate for: ages 12 and up

Tickets:

$35/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.

10AM SESSION

 

 


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