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Earth Skills Day teaching basic survival tools
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
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Chattahoochee Nature Center Camp Director Tim Reidy shows how to make a primitive fire, one of the basic skills needed to survive.
Chattahoochee Nature Center Camp Director Tim Reidy shows how to make a primitive fire, one of the basic skills needed to survive.
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“Preparedness is a serious topic, a life or death topic,” said Lynn McIntyre, senior communications director for Chattahoochee Nature Center.

“The recent hurricane and its challenging aftermath remind us how we all need basic skills to be prepared to survive when conditions suddenly change.”

On Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., the nature center has several workshops and demonstrations planned on basic skills people need to know to survive.

One of the most ancient fundamental skills is the ability to make fire. According to Tim Reidy, Camp Kingfisher Director, who teaches fire making skills to campers, it is very easy to learn.

“It takes three simple things, heat, oxygen and fuel. Everyone forgets the oxygen,” he said. “My favorite device to make a simple fire is by using my Frisbee for the oxygen supply.”

Rolling Thunder’s Chipa Wolfe and Samson the Bison will be there for a segment about native Americans and their connections to animals.

Representatives from Bushcraft USA will be demonstrating traditional skills including flint knapping, matchless fire starting, cordage making and primitive cooking

There will be an opportunity to learn how to make music with instruments from natural objects and create lean–tos, forts and spider shelters, which are hideaways built using branches.

A highlight of Earth Skills Day will be workshops with a primitive skills expert. “We are bringing in Mark Warren, a renowned naturalist, composer, novelist and director of Medicine Bow, a primitive earthlore school, to sign his new book and teach two workshops,” said Rebecca Gilbert, director of community programs at CNC.

“His book, ‘Two Winters in a Tipi,’ came about after the summer of 1989, when he was forced to move into a tipi after lightning scorched his home and belongings. His story and teachings will inspire us to reconnect with the natural world.”

A stalking workshop teaches how to get closer to wild animals to observe, photograph or hunt. There also will be a workshop on Cherokee crafts using woodland materials and lore about wild plant foods and medicines.

Some of the workshops have a fee and require advance registration. The nature center is at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

For more information, go to www.chattnature center.org.

By Joan Durbin

jdurbin

@neighbornewspapers.com

“Preparedness is a serious topic, a life or death topic,” said Lynn McIntyre, senior communications director for Chattahoochee Nature Center.

“The recent hurricane and its challenging aftermath remind us how we all need basic skills to be prepared to survive when conditions suddenly change.”

On Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., the nature center has several workshops and demonstrations planned on basic skills people need to know to survive.

One of the most ancient fundamental skills is the ability to make fire. According to Tim Reidy, Camp Kingfisher Director, who teaches fire making skills to campers, it is very easy to learn.

“It takes three simple things, heat, oxygen and fuel. Everyone forgets the oxygen,” he said. “My favorite device to make a simple fire is by using my Frisbee for the oxygen supply.”

Rolling Thunder’s Chipa Wolfe and Samson the Bison will be there for a segment about native Americans and their connections to animals.

Representatives from Bushcraft USA will be demonstrating traditional skills including flint knapping, matchless fire starting, cordage making and primitive cooking

There will be an opportunity to learn how to make music with instruments from natural objects and create lean–tos, forts and spider shelters, which are hideaways built using branches.

A highlight of Earth Skills Day will be workshops with a primitive skills expert. “We are bringing in Mark Warren, a renowned naturalist, composer, novelist and director of Medicine Bow, a primitive earthlore school, to sign his new book and teach two workshops,” said Rebecca Gilbert, director of community programs at CNC.

“His book, ‘Two Winters in a Tipi,’ came about after the summer of 1989, when he was forced to move into a tipi after lightning scorched his home and belongings. His story and teachings will inspire us to reconnect with the natural world.”

A stalking workshop teaches how to get closer to wild animals to observe, photograph or hunt. There also will be a workshop on Cherokee crafts using woodland materials and lore about wild plant foods and medicines.

Some of the workshops have a fee and require advance registration. The nature center is at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

For more information, go to www.chattnaturecenter.org.
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