The question that a lot of people always want to ask but don't when it comes to trailing: Is this real? Can a you or I really learn to follow a trail, track by track, without the aid of sand or snow or mud? It is common in myths, books, and movies to see incredible feats of tracking and several hyped up and popularized trackers make wild claims of skill with little to no verification, so it leaves a question, is the art of trailing real or just something humans wish they could do? Do you have to be a wilderness god or raised by indigenous people to really be able to trail?
Join Roots for a day of primitive bow making. In this course young students will take locally harvested saplings and carve them into working survival bows. ...
Family Fire Class
Bring your son or daughter, mother or father out to Roots for a day of learning one of the oldest techniques for making fire. In this course students will learn the basics of fire build that can save of enhance your life, as well as how to carve and use a bow drill kit in order to make fire from scratch. Students will get to carve their own kits and learn all the points of form and technique that allow this ancient tool to work. This course is open to students ages 8 and up and children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult who also wants to learn these skills. Date TBA. The course will run from 9 AM- 4 PM
Join Roots School for a five day overnight journey into the Way of the Bow. In this course, students will craft a beautiful and functional bow and their own primitive arrow. ... TBA summer 2014 or 15.
When your child is with us, we understand their safety is our responsibility and this is an honor that we take seriously.
One of the first things we do with every new group is to teach hazard awareness of the landscape that is our classroom. We follow strict protocol regarding the use of carving knives, starting with passing our knife safety test. This is true for other activities that involve risk such as tree-climbing, or making and using throwing sticks or atlatls.
Since accidents can happen, at every class there is at least one staff member present who is certified as a Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT.
We take pride in creating a safe environment for our students to experience the growth and self-discovery that comes from taking risks.