Knowing the ins and outs of wilderness survival is essential to anyone who goes outdoors beyond the city limits. Teaching wilderness survival can be a great way to get kids (or anyone about to head on a trip) excited about the outdoors. The most important thing to remember when teaching any class is to keep your audience engaged. When they stop having fun, they often stop learning.
Tips & Warnings
This is a general overview of how a wilderness survival class could be taught. It can easily be customized to class size, ecosystem, age or experience of participants, etc.
If there are two instructors and a large group, it is often helpful to teach the basics as a large group, then split the subjects, having one instructor teach each subject.
Other good topics to cover are the "10 essentials," building survival kits, Leave No Trace basics and knot tying.
Fire building can be dangerous. Make sure you have a permit.
Shelter building can also be very dangerous as people are apt to put large logs precariously into trees.
Be sure to give the participants full warnings about the hazards of eating poisonous plants.
Article Written By Alex Steiner
Alex Steiner graduated from Northland College with a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies, emphasis in human engagement. His educational training includes, sociology, psychology, interpersonal communication, adventure education, and environmental law. Steiner continues his work as an environmental education professional in Southern California.