Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival is a “traveling” wilderness survival school that seeks to connect folks of all ages to the landscape in hopes to protect and restore our natural world. I firmly believe that in order to see the woods as “home”, we must experience hands-on activities that lead us to see the woods as a positive and safe place to be. These activities range from shelter building, fire skills, wood carving, foraging, animal tracking, and many other skills that ALL of our ancestors participated in. Through the practice of wilderness survival skills, we learn to connect with ourselves as we discover what is truly important to us. OEWS provides judgement free learning where you are encouraged to come to a class and be who you are. We all have gifts to offer, and the most learning I have gained is through teaching folks from all backgrounds. If you are an inexperienced nature lover and would like to gain intro level skills in a fun, supportive, and informative space, check out OEWS! If you are an avid hunter who would like to deepen your survival skills and be challenged, check out OEWS! Or even if you would like to gift your child a fun birthday party they will learn a lot from, check out OEWS!

Founded in 2014 by Tim Swanson, Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival seeks to empower, inspire, and connect people of all backgrounds to the natural landscape.


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Resiliency. Adaptation. Harmony.


EDUCATION & Certifications

  • Bachelors of Science in Adventure Education Leadership

  • Bachelors of Science in Adventure Therapy

  • CPR & AED

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • CyberTracker Animal Trailing Level 2

  • CyberTracker Animal Track & Sign Level 1

  • CyberTracker Animal Tracker Level 1

  • Leave No Trace Master Educator

  • Avalanche Awareness

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Instructor

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Instructor

  • FEMA Incident Command System 100