FREE CLASS: Wilderness Shelter – How to Stay Warm and Dry in the Woods


Unfortunately this class has been CANCELED


Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have canceled this class.

If you're looking for other outdoor/educational opportunities near NoVA, consider this plant walk, this campfire cooking/shelter-building class, or any of these classes.

Below is the class description for your reference.

Shelter from the elements is something we take for granted in the "modern" world, since most of the time we have ready access to buildings, thermostats, vehicles, or even umbrellas. But deep in the woods, taking shelter for granted can have uncomfortable or--in extreme situations--fatal consequences. It's critical for outdoor adventurers to have the knowledge, skills, and/or gear to stay warm and dry, especially when they're confronted by cold, rainy, and windy conditions.

During this hands-on class you will learn:

  • Essential principles of shelter.
  • How to choose appropriate clothing for outdoor adventures.
  • Pros and cons of common wilderness shelters such as tarps and tents.
  • Various strategies for pitching tarps, including several effective knots.
  • How to build a "debris hut" - an improvised shelter made from only sticks and leaves that's capable of keeping you warm and dry in wet, sub-freezing conditions. We'll build a debris hut from start to finish so you can learn subtle nuances of design and construction that could make all the difference on a cold or rainy night.

By the end of this class, you'll feel much more confident heading into the woods, equipped with new ideas and skills that will help you maintain "98.6 degrees" no matter the circumstances!

WHAT IS A SLIDING SCALE? In order to make our classes available to a broad and diverse audience, we use a sliding scale payment model, which means YOU CHOOSE how much to pay, within a given range. Paying lower in the scale is like receiving a scholarship. Paying higher in the scale helps cover the true cost of the class. You can pay MORE than the high end of the scale: this “extra donation” helps make our sliding scale possible. Thank you for considering your situation and resources carefully as you make your decision!


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