Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Wilderness Living
R110 | TBA | David Calvin


Description:
This course is designed to introduce you to basic earth living skills
(i.e. fire by friction, shelter building etc.) to help one live
comfortably in a back country setting. This course combines both hands
on learning and classroom instruction.  Most of the course will be
spent in a wilderness setting using experiential education components
and the portion will be taught from readings, presentations, and lecture.

Class Objectives
The overall class objective is to teach the student basic wilderness
survival and living skills.  This will be accomplished by students
understanding the following topics:
Survival shelter construction
	Identify proper shelter site location
	Demonstrate the ability to assemble a sturdy ridgepole for shelter
building
	Show knowledge of the appropriate dimensions of the debris hut shelter
	Water location and purification
	Demonstrate the knowledge of at least three primitive methods of
purifying water
	Identify areas that are considered unsafe for water collection
	Demonstrate knowledge of two primitive containers
	Friction fire making
	Be able to create fire using the bow-drill fire method
	Show knowledge of correct fire structure construction
	Identify at least two native trees for friction fire use
	Identify and label the elements of a bow-drill fire set, including
the proper dimensions
	Demonstrate proper knife safety techniques and carving methods
	Hunting techniques
	Demonstrate knowledge of three primitive hunting methods
	Identify five animal tracks
	Show knowledge of animal diseases and necessary precautions
	Wild edible plants
	Positively ID three plants in a field test situation, using field guides
	Demonstrate knowledge of the most common wild food plants of the region
	Participate in a wild foods dinner by helping with the preparation
and cooking of wild foods

Method of Course Instruction
This course combines both hands on learning and classroom instruction.
Approximately two thirds of the course will be spent practicing
specific skills both inside and outside of the classroom. The other
third will be taught from readings, presentations, and lecture.