Wilderness Survival Skills Instructor
Shirley, Massachusetts
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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.


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. 



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.


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.


PER PERSON PRICING: This pricing list is for all classes that do not otherwise follow my homeschool programs. There are no materials fees or rental fees on gear for classes as that is included in the price. This price does not include the travel fee.

1-4 Students-  

$195.00 for a 3 hour class

$360.00 for a 6 hour class

5-15 Students- 

$45.00 per student for a 3 hour class

$80.00 per student for a 6 hour class

16-20 Students-

$40.00 per student for a 3 hour class

$70.00 per student for a 6 hour class

21+ Students- 

$35.00 per student for a 3 hour class

$60.00 per student for a 6 hour class

Weekend Overnight Survival Programs (Friday-Sunday)

$450 per student - 5 student minimum

HOMESCHOOL SPECIAL PRICING: If you are booking one of my homeschool programs, refer to this pricing list. I offer a sibling discount to accommodate parents signing up multiple children into one program.

Option #1- Crafting (4 weeks): $180 per student 

Option #2- Survival (6 weeks): $270 per student

Option #3- Fire Master (5 weeks): $225 per student

Option #4- Hunter Gatherer (8 weeks): $360 per student

Option #5- Custom (4-12 weeks): $45 per student for each 3 hour class

*Each homeschool program has a minimum of 5 students with a maximum of 15 students.

Total payment must be paid PRIOR to the start of the class or program. I accept Venmo, PayPal, or cash.

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.


All ages are welcome. All of my classes can be adjusted to fit different age groups (however, I do have a suggested age minimum in the description of each class). I leave it up to the parents to make the decision for their child if they are mature enough for a class. I will not stop a class to address behavioral situations and kindly ask the parents to handle any basic needs of their child. Remember, the age defines what material we will cover. Example: a family-oriented tracking class will have a different vibe than an all adult class. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO RESTRICT A STUDENT’S USE OF TOOLS IF I FEEL THERE IS ANY DANGER.



I have special land use permission in Golden, CO, Evergreen, CO, and Groton, MA. I encourage students to meet me in woods that I am familiar with. If you would rather me travel to you and meet in your yard or a public nature area near you, that is fine, but my travel time will make the cost a bit higher. I always follow laws and regulations so there may be class topic restrictions. I ask that class time is longer than my total travel time. I need to be within easy access to my vehicle and I need to be legally parked.



Most Mondays are closed to booking (check the calendar I send you to see which may be open). I book private/public children's classes, and private adult classes Tuesdays through Fridays which have three time options: I offer classes in three hour increments (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) but also offer the option to book a class for a full day (9am-3pm). Thursdays have an additional time slot (6pm-9pm) to accommodate public school availability or adults who wish to book an evening class. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for public venues hosting adult classes.

Venues should communicate with me about time options on the weekends. My weekends fill EXTREMELY fast (usually 6-8 months in advance). Please let me know which dates and times you would like to book. 


***On occasion this schedule may need to be “flexed”. Ex. If someone books a class for 9-12 on a given day, and you want to book 1-4 on the same day but are an hour and a half drive away, we may need to change your class time to 2-5 to allow me to drive to your location. I should know the location of every class I book so I will know where I am coming from, or going to. Thanks for your flexibility.


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.


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

PLEASE BRING EXTRA LAYERS! I have noticed a lot of my new students tend to underdress in cold weather and I want you to be comfortably warm. During buggy times of the year, I recommend long sleeves and pants (bug spray has proven to not work…at all). I have tools for students to borrow at each of my classes depending on the topic. 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, fire kits, and knives are for sale at each class.

“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!



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 for your interest in learning with me!

Tim Swanson, Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival