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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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Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival offers special programs to homeschool students or anyone wishing to seek a long term learning opportunity. 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.

The OEWS homeschool programs are offered as 5 different paths. Students are required to start at "A" which serves as a prerequisite for "B" and then to "C". Most materials and tools will be provided, but students are highly encouraged to come with their own GEAR.

 

WILDCRAFTER PATH

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: $220.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

Wildcrafter A - Ages 7+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Carving Spoons

  • Gourd Containers

  • Leather Pouches

  • Fishing Handlines

Wildcrafter B - Ages 7+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Carving Forks

  • Slingshots

  • Arrow Making

  • Carving Wooden Animals

Wildcrafter C - Ages 7+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Carving Bowls

  • Carving Fish Hooks

  • Cordage From Plants

  • Net Making

SURVIVALIST PATH

This path is designed to set students up with the fundamentals of wilderness survival. We will use natural and modern tools to learn about how we can interact with the landscape. Keep warm, fed, and hydrated when you are lost in the woods with these skills.

DURATION: 6 Weeks

COST: $300.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

Survivalist A - Ages 6+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Skills, Survival Kits, and Cordage

  • Debris Shelter Building

  • Fire Building

  • Archery and Rabbit Sticks

  • Camoflauge and Atlatl

  • Survival Challenge and Games

Survivalist B - Ages 6+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Friction Fire

  • Lean-To Shelter Building

  • Figure 4 Traps

  • Other Various Traps

  • Carving Atlatls

  • Atlatl Darts

Survivalist C - Ages 6+

Students will leave their knives behind and use only a hatchet as their cutting tool for this program. 

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Hatchet Skills

  • Flint & Steel Fires

  • Archery and Camoflauge

  • Fish Spears

  • Foraging and Animal Tracking

  • Animal Skinning and Butchering

BUSHCRAFTER PATH

This path prepares students to create many of their needs and gear from the landscape. The highlight of the Bushcrafter path is that the students will make their own knives from metal blades and natural materials. 

DURATION: 5 Weeks

COST: $315.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

Bushcrafter A - Ages 9+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Making and Birch Bark Sheaths

  • Carving Try Sticks

  • Gourd Containers

  • Rabbit Sticks

  • Flint & Steel Fire

Bushcrafter B - Ages 9+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Axe Skills and Fishing Handlines

  • Worm Grunters and Knots

  • Spoon & Fork Carving

  • Carving Fish Hooks and Fishing Day

  • Hand Drill Fire

Bushcrafter C - Ages 9+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Lean-To Shelters

  • Bow Drill Fire

  • Net Making

  • Carving Wooden Cups

  • Stone Tools

HUNTER GATHERER PATH

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 program will be modeled around gaining our skills through carving our weapons, foraging, and tracking.

DURATION: 4 Weeks

COST: $220.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

Hunter Gatherer A - Ages 10+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Skills and Rabbit Sticks

  • Archery

  • Fishing Handlines

  • Camoflauge and Awareness

Hunter Gatherer B - Ages 10+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Carving Deadfall Traps

  • Atlatls

  • Tracking and Foraging

  • Animal Skinning and Butchering

Hunter Gatherer C - Ages 10+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Weaving Small Game Nets

  • Leather Slingshots

  • Advanced Archery

  • Snare Traps and Foraging

SPECIALIST PATH

Each program on the Specialist Path has no prerequisite, and focuses on one particular theme. There are 3 focuses to choose from and students often complete one of the other 4 paths, and choose a focus from the Specialist Path to be eligible for the Alula Test.

DURATION: 5 Weeks

COST: $265.00 Per Person

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 5-15

Fire - Ages 9+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Skills and Fire Building

  • Hand Drill Fire

  • Bow Drill Fire Class 1

  • Bow Drill Fire Class 2

  • Fire Challenge

Fishing - Ages 9+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Skills and Fishing Handlines

  • Worm Grunters and Knots

  • Net Making

  • Bone Fish Hooks and Natural Cordage

  • Fishing Day

Wood Carving - Ages 9+

SKILLS COVERED:

  • Knife Skills, Sharpening, and Safety

  • Spoon Carving

  • Fork Carving

  • Carving Wooden Animals

  • Advanced Carving Skills

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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