HOMESCHOOL

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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
  • Scout Groups
  • Birthday Parties
  • Library Workshops
  • Nature Center Groups
  • Museums
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Public Venues
  • Conservation Commissions

HOW IS PRICE DETERMINED?

Every custom course is priced specifically to that course. Many factors determine the price once I know: the duration of the program, the number of participants, course content and distance of travel.

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Please feel free to ask me any questions that you have through email. Contact me to schedule a cool class! Thank you for your interest in learning with Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival. Please consider following me on Facebook and Instagram @owleyeswilderness.

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I offer special programs to homeschool students or anyone wishing to seek a long term learning opportunity with me. These programs meet once a week for 3 hours and allow students to go deeper into the skills over a longer period of time. Students will be provided with a light homework assignment between each class. Adults wishing to learn any of these topics or programs are welcome to reach out about booking an advanced version.

The usual booking process involves a homeschool "pod" getting together to host their own group experience for these courses. I rarely host these courses open to the public, but occasionally my schedule allows it.

 

Wildcrafter A - Ages 7+

In this program, students will work on various crafting projects with all natural materials. By the end of this series, students will have a display-worthy array of tools and crafts. This class can also be easily adapted to an indoor space.

DURATION: 4 Weeks

COST: $200.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Carving Spoons

  • Gourd Containers

  • Leather Pouches

  • Fishing Handlines

Wildcrafter B - Ages 7+

In this next level program, students will continue to develop their crafting skills with more advanced projects. By the end of this series students will have a display-worthy array of tools and crafts. This class can also be easily adapted to an indoor space. *Students must have attended Wildcrafter A to be eligible to take this course.

DURATION: 4 Weeks

COST: $200.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Carving Forks

  • Slingshots

  • Arrow Making

  • Carving Wooden Animals

 

Survivalist A - Ages 6+

This program is designed to set students up with the fundamentals of wilderness survival. We will use natural and modern tools to learn the basics of survival. Keep warm, fed, and hydrated when you are lost in the woods with these skills.

DURATION: 6 Weeks

COST: $290.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Skills, Survival Kits, and Cordage

  • Shelter Building

  • Fire Building

  • Archery and Rabbit Sticks

  • Camoflauge and Atlatl

  • Survival Challenge and Games

Survivalist B - Ages 6+

This next level program will allow students to learn specific survival skills on a deeper level. These skills take longer to accomplish and master, therefore, students will be expected to practice between classes. *Students must have attended Survivalist A to be eligible for this course.

DURATION: 6 Weeks

COST: $290.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Friction Fire

  • Shelter Building

  • Figure 4 Traps

  • Other Various Traps

  • Atlatl Carving

  • Atlatl Darts

 

Fire Master - Ages 8+

5 weeks of learning about one thing and one thing only...FIRE! This program will set students up with the skills to safely build a sustainable fire in any condition. We will extensively cover fire safety while learning many different fire starting methods. Students will end this program with the “Advanced Fire Challenge”.

DURATION: 5 Weeks

COST: $245.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Fire Safety, 1 Match Fires & Ferro Rods

  • Bow Drill Fire

  • Hand Drill Fire

  • Other Various Fire Starters and Practice

  • Advanced Fire Challenge

Fishing Master - Ages 8+

This course specifically focuses on anything involving fish! Students will learn how to "read" water, craft fishing gear, and have plenty of time to fish.

 

DURATION: 4 Weeks

COST: $200.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Fishing Handlines

  • Worm Grunters and Knots

  • Net Making

  • Fishing Day

 

Bushcrafter - Ages 10+

This advanced program prepares students to create many of their needs and gear from the landscape. The highlight of this course is that the students will make their own knives from metal blades and natural materials. *Students must have completed either Wildcrafter B or Survivalist B to be eligible for this course. 

DURATION: 5 Weeks

COST: $300.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Making and Birch Bark Sheaths

  • Carving Try Sticks

  • Gourd Canteens

  • Rabbit Sticks

  • Stone Tools

Hunter Gatherer - Ages 14+

This program will prepare mature students to hunt and forage their own food from the natural landscape in a respectful and ethical manner. The core curriculum of this class will be modeled around gaining our skills through carving our weapons, foraging, and tracking.

DURATION: 8 Weeks

COST: $380.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Skills and Throwing Sticks

  • Archery

  • Fishing Handlines

  • Camoflauge and Awareness

  • Carving Deadfall Traps

  • Atlatls

  • Tracking and Foraging

  • Animal Skinning and Butchering

All students who complete a full program will receive a certificate of completion and an OEWS patch!

The Alula Test

The Alula, also known as the thumb feather, is the leading part of a bird's wing. After completing any combination of 4 of the above programs and earning a feather patch for each, students will have the opportunity to test their skills and demonstrate their leadership. The Alula Test will be the toughest course offered to children by OEWS and will push students to their limits as their survival skills are tested. Students will be expected to have practiced all their foundational skills. Test topics will vary depending on who is testing. Upon completing and passing this test, students will be presented with the Alula Award and certificate. This course will be held by OEWS only for students who are eligible.

DURATION: 2 Hours

COST: $100.00 Per Person

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