Tim Swanson
Wilderness Survival Skills Instructor
Shirley, Massachusetts
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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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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.


Option #1: Crafting Ages 6-12

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: $180.00 Per Person

Number of Students: 5-15

Skills Covered:

  • Week 1: Carving Utensils

  • Week 2: Gourd Containers

  • Week 3: Leather Pouches

  • Week 4: Fishing Handlines


Option #2: Survival Ages 7-14

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: $270.00 Per Person

Number of Students: 5-15

Skills Covered:

  • Week 1: Knife Skills/Safety/Sharpening

  • Week 2: Shelter Building

  • Week 3: Fire Building

  • Week 4: Archery and Throwing Sticks

  • Week 5: Cordage from Plants

  • Week 6: Camoflauge and Atlatl


Option #3: Fire Master Ages 8-14

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 my “Advanced Fire Challenge” which is the most challenging class I offer.

Duration: 5 Weeks

Cost: $225.00 Per Person

Number of Students: 5-15

Skills Covered:

  • Week 1: Fire Safety, 1 Match Fires & Ferro Rods

  • Week 2: Bow Drill Fire

  • Week 3: Hand Drill Fire

  • Week 4: Other Various Fire Starters and Practice

  • Week 5: Advanced Fire Challenge


Option #4: Hunter Gatherer Ages 14-18

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: $360.00 Per Person

Number of Students: 5-15

Skills Covered:

  • Week 1: Knife Skills and Throwing Sticks

  • Week 2: Archery

  • Week 3: Fishing Handlines

  • Week 4: Camoflauge and Awareness

  • Week 5: Carving Deadfall Traps

  • Week 6: Atlatls

  • Week 7: Tracking and Foraging

  • Week 8: Skills Tournament

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

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