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TIM SWANSON

Wilderness Survival Skills Instructor
Shirley, Massachusetts
owleyeswilderness@gmail.com
Email to book a class or event!
PROGRAMS
  • Private One-on-One 
  • Homeschooling
  • Adult Survival Courses
  • Scout Groups
  • Birthday Parties
  • Library Workshops
  • Nature Center Groups
  • Museums
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Public Venues
  • Conservation Commissions
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FAQ

This list tends to answer MOST frequently asked questions. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you have through email as well! Contact me to scheduling a cool class with me! Thank you for your interest in learning with Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival. Please consider following me on Facebook and Instagram @owleyeswilderness.

 

QUICK BIO 
Tim Swanson is the founder of Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival, a “traveling” nature connection and wilderness survival school for people of all ages. He holds a double Bachelor’s Degree in Adventure Education Leadership and Adventure Therapy (Unity College). He is a Level 1 Certified Animal Tracker (CyberTracker) and a Wilderness First Responder (SOLO). He is passionate about educating our children/teens/adults about nutrition, natural awareness, equality, and hopes to spread his love of nature through the practice of wilderness survival. 

 

HOW TO BOOK A PRIVATE OR PUBLIC CLASS

After reading this page, and it all sounds fair to you, please send me an e-mail. If you send me a preferred date, time range, and topic right away, it will put you in my calendar faster. I would love it if you could give me a brief description of the group in terms of ages and numbers. For public classes, I will add them to my calendar with a link to your web posting so that people looking at my website can see the class offering. Please let me know if you would like to meet at a public land, or your own property (I do have to charge extra if my travel time is over a half hour). Please research laws and regulations for your land to see which topics we can or cannot do.

SCHEDULING DEPOSIT

In order to book a class, I require a NON-REFUNDABLE scheduling deposit of $20 an hour (a three hour class will cost $60 to book) through PayPal or Venmo. This deposit goes towards the overall cost of the class in which you can pay the rest right before the class. Because classes are occasionally booked months in advance, it is hard to book another class when one is cancelled. This deposit shows that you are serious about attending and have all intentions of taking the class. In the event that I need to cancel a class, I will refund your deposit.

PRICING GUIDE

PER PERSON PRICING:

1-4 Students-  

$195.00 for a 3 hour class - Total, not per student

$360.00 for a 6 hour class - Total, not per student

5+ Students- 

$45.00 per student for a 3 hour class

$80.00 per student for a 6 hour class

Weekend Overnight Survival Programs (Friday-Sunday)

$450 per student - 5 student minimum

HOMESCHOOL/MULTI-WEEK PROGRAMS:

If you are booking one of my multi-week programs, refer to this pricing list. These prices include material fees. Each class is 3 hours. Students must complete 4 unique programs to be eligible for the Alula test and certificate.

  • Wildcrafter A or B (4 classes): $200.00 per student

  • Survivalist A or B (6 classes): $290.00 per student

  • Fire Master (5 classes): $245.00 per student

  • Fishing Master (4 classes): $200.00 per student

  • Bushcrafter (5 classes): $300.00 per student

  • Hunter Gatherer (8 classes): $380.00 per student

  • Alula Test: $100.00 per student

SPECIAL PRICING: 

Birthday parties and venues hosting public classes should inquire about special pricing.

CLASS TOPICS
I offer many different classes. Please look at my CLASSES tab to read through them. Each class has suggested time to fully cover that class (if under three hours, you can combine different topics into one class). Homeschool groups should look under my HOMESCHOOL tab, as those curriculums are specifically designed for the recommended age brackets.

 

AGES

All ages are welcome. I leave it up to the parents to make the decision for their child if they are mature enough for a class. I require the parents of their child to attend the class for many reasons. The main reason is that I will not stop a class to address behavioral situations and kindly ask the parents to handle any basic needs of their child. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO RESTRICT A STUDENT’S USE OF TOOLS IF I FEEL THERE IS ANY DANGER.

 

LOCATION

I have special land use permission in Groton, Pepperell, Townsend, and Lincoln, Massachusetts. I also have a great partnership with the Moose Ridge Wilderness School in Upton, Maine where I hold a lot of weekend classes. OEWS has special land use permission in Evergreen and Golden Colorado as well. 

 

AVAILABILITY

Mondays through Fridays in 3 or 6 hour classes. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for OEWS survival classes or public venues hosting adult classes. My weekends fill EXTREMELY fast (usually 6-8 months in advance). Please let me know which dates and times you would like to book.

A CLASS IS NOT BOOKED UNTIL WE HAVE BOTH CONFIRMED THE TOPIC, DATE, TIME, LOCATION, AND A SCHEDULING DEPOSIT HAS BEEN PAID. 

WAIVER

ALL participants are required to fill out a release of liability waiver (children under 18 need parents/guardians to sign). I bring these to fill out at the beginning of class.

WHAT TO BRING

Water, snacks, appropriate clothing (warm layers, rain layers), notebook/pen, a knife, work gloves, and blaze orange during hunting seasons.

Most of my classes involve the use of knives. Although I have knives to borrow, it's best if students use their own knives. I recommend (knivesofthenorth.com). If you use the code OWLEYES it will give you 5% off your order. Go to my STORE tab for links to recommended products. 

OEWS patches, stickers, tinder pouches, and fire kits are for sale at each class.

WEATHER
“Bad” weather is an ally when training for survival. Assume that classes will run rain or shine unless lightning poses a risk, roads are dangerous due to snow, or wildfires affect safety. I bring a tarp to rainy classes for shelter, please dress accordingly. AND REMEMBER TO CHECK FOR TICKS DURING AND AFTER CLASS!

 

COMMUNICATION

Thank you for understanding that I am a wilderness survival skills instructor and frequently spend long amounts of time in the wilderness away from technological communications and screens. It may take me over a week to return your email. I do not have any “office hours” and check my emails when I can. Expect to receive emails from me at scattered times.
 

THANK YOU!

Thank you for your interest in learning with me!

Tim Swanson, Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival