Instructor Bio: Nyerges is the founder of the School of Self-Reliance, who has been teaching ethnobotany and survival skills since 1974. He has authored nearly two dozen books, including "How to Survive Anywhere," and "Foraging California." He served for 7 years as the editor of Wilderness Way magazine, and he continues to regularly teach.
Tuition: $65 per person ($5 gift certificate towards any class for one-month prior registration)
$200 for all 4 Advanced Registration
Location: The Urban Forest, Fullerton (Address and Map sent upon registration)
This class is intended for Adults. Kids ages 8 and up who are extremely interested may register as well.
Total Spots Available: 15
October 6- Building Shelters
We will address simple ways to construct a shelter from a tarp for quick protection. We’ll also see how to construct the two style of purely primitive shelters, the lean-to and the body hollow.
December 1- Fire and Water
We will address some of the simple ways to make a fire without matches, such as parts from a car, magnesium, batteries, flint and steel, and the oldest methods of friction, which are the hand-drill, and the bow and drill.
We will also discuss how to find water in the wilderness, such a digging, transpiration bags, etc,, how to store water for emergencies, and how to purify water.
February 16- Cordage
Cordage is always necessary, as evidenced by the fact that all Native cultures used all suitable plants for cordage. You will learn such things as making twine and braids, making brushes, making a net, and making simple sandals.
April 5- Weaponry
We will discuss simple weaponry systems for capturing animals in emergencies. This will include dead falls, the quail trap, snare, slings, sling shots, etc.
We will also discuss the need to carry a quality knife, and how to choose a good knife