Wilderness Survival Skills

White Pine Programs is an outdoor school in Southern Maine focused on nature-based learning for children ages 7-17. I was an instructor for three of their year-round programs: Wilderness Skills for Homeschoolers, Young Naturalists, and Outdoor Girls, as well as for the summer camp. We led one camp-out per season (yes, including winter!) and one end-of-the-year camping trip in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

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Basking in the mud in the Pine Barrens of NJ

We used experiencial activities, group games, and storytelling to teach children about landscape ecology, animal tracking, native plants, navigation, shelter-building, and fire-making, to name a few.

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The Outdoor Girls harvest an Indian cucumber to eat

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Cooking wild foods over the fire

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Demonstrating the correct way to hold a frog

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