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SURVIVAL 1: Introduction to nature

Tim Swanson
Wilderness Survival Skills Instructor
Shirley, Massachusetts
Email to book a class or event!
  • Private One-on-One 
  • Homeschooling
  • Scout Groups
  • Birthday Parties
  • Library Workshops
  • Nature Center Groups
  • Museums
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Public Venues
  • Conservation Commissions


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.


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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This introductory class will set you up with the basic skills to keep yourself warm, hydrated, and fed in the wilderness.


Foundational skills for hikers, backpackers, hunters, trail runners, or anyone wishing to enjoy the outdoors. Survival 1 preps you with basic outdoor skills that will build your confidence, expand your knowledge, and deepen your connection to nature.

This class is the starting point for the Alula Program offered by Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival. This program is for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and skillset. Students will start at Survival 1- a 6 hour class, and work their way up to Survival 6- a 6 day survival trip. A feather patch is given to show progress at the end of each class.

Survival 1 can be taken as a standalone class, or with the intention to continue further with other OEWS classes involved in the Alula Program. Students who finish Survival 1 will have met the prerequisites to take Survival 2 or 3.

Students will be rewarded with a certificate and 2 patches at the end of this class.


  • Knife Use/Sharpening/Safety

  • 5 Basic Knots

  • Fire Building with Modern Tools

  • Rabbit Sticks

  • Shelter Building with Modern Gear

  • Water Disinfection

  • Outdoor Clothing Selection

  • Foraging Ethics and Guidelines

  • How to Build a Survival Kit

  • Survival Logistics and Psychology

  • Map & Compass


  • Fixed blade knife

  • Knife sharpener

  • Ferro rod fire starter

  • Appropriate clothing for weather

  • Water, lunch, and snacks

  • Notebook and pen

CLICK HERE for links to recommended gear.

This is an adult class but mature minors are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

CLICK HERE to see public offerings or send an e-mail to host your own class.

E-mail with any questions.

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