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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Self-Reliance Basics

Overview

Self-reliance in the outdoors starts with education and preparedness. This class provides practical strategies that every outdoor traveler should know: emergency priorities; shelters; locating and accessing drinking water; and how to make your own emergency kit. These are important skills for any outdoor adventure. This class is taught by experienced instructors from both REI and LCRA. The Self-Reliance Basics class is just that, a basics class that informs and demonstrates needed skills and concepts. There are additional Survival Skills classes that focus on hands-on experience in the specific area of: Shelter Building, Fire Building, and Food Finding. The culmination of these skills is the Overnight Experience class, giving you the opportunity to practice these skills in an outdoor environment.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Shelter Building Basics

Overview

Surviving the unexpected outdoor emergency often requires protection from the elements of nature. This class provides practical skills that are essential for building a successful emergency shelter from natural materials. This class is taught by experienced instructors from both REI and LCRA. Cordage and rope-making can be an important skill for binding together the support structure of a shelter. Participants will learn to hand twist their own rope from artificial and natural materials. Learn how to find the best natural resources to weatherproof a survival shelter. Small groups will work together to build a shelter from natural materials.

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Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Self-Reliance Basics

Overview

Self-reliance in the outdoors starts with education and preparedness. This class provides practical strategies that every outdoor traveler should know: emergency priorities; shelters; locating and accessing drinking water; and how to make your own emergency kit. These are important skills for any outdoor adventure. This class is taught by experienced instructors from both REI and LCRA. The Self-Reliance Basics class is just that, a basics class that informs and demonstrates needed skills and concepts. There are additional Survival Skills classes that focus on hands-on experience in the specific area of: Shelter Building, Fire Building, and Food Finding. The culmination of these skills is the Overnight Experience class, giving you the opportunity to practice these skills in an outdoor environment.

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Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Fire Building Basics
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Fire Building Basics

Overview

One of the most critical survival skills in the outdoors is the ability to start fire under various adverse conditions. This class provides practical strategies that every outdoor traveler should know about the importance of fire: purposes of fire in emergency situations; locating sources of fuel; different ignition techniques for starting the fire. This class is taught by experienced instructors from both REI and LCRA. The Fire Building Basics class will be a hands-on experience with windproof matches, lighters, flint & steel, magnesium strikers, and the bow-drill method. Participants will be coached on these techniques and fire building architecture. Learn how to improvise materials to make your own bow drill set during an outdoor emergency.

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Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Shelter Building Basics

Overview

Surviving the unexpected outdoor emergency often requires protection from the elements of nature. This class provides practical skills that are essential for building a successful emergency shelter from natural materials. This class is taught by experienced instructors from both REI and LCRA. Cordage and rope-making can be an important skill for binding together the support structure of a shelter. Participants will learn to hand twist their own rope from artificial and natural materials. Learn how to find the best natural resources to weatherproof a survival shelter. Small groups will work together to build a shelter from natural materials.

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Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

Essential Camping Skills Class

Overview

Camping is the foundation of most of our outdoor activities. No matter what sport you pursue, it all comes back to a pack, stove, tent and warm sleeping bag. Join the REI Outdoor School instructors to learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the wild. We'll leave the trailhead for a day hike with all of our gear until we find that little patch of ground we can call home. Then we'll set up a model campsite using proper Leave No Trace skills. Our instructors will show you where to position your kitchen area, your "bathroom facilities" and your tent site for maximum safety and comfort. Food storage and wildlife safety will also be covered. Our goal is to teach practical camping skills for use in every situation, from car camping to long-distance backpacking.

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Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Self-Reliance Basics

Overview

Self-reliance in the outdoors starts with education and preparedness. This class provides practical strategies that every outdoor traveler should know: emergency priorities; shelters; locating and accessing drinking water; and how to make your own emergency kit. These are important skills for any outdoor adventure. This class is taught by experienced instructors from both REI and LCRA. The Self-Reliance Basics class is just that, a basics class that informs and demonstrates needed skills and concepts. There are additional Survival Skills classes that focus on hands-on experience in the specific area of: Shelter Building, Fire Building, and Food Finding. The culmination of these skills is the Overnight Experience class, giving you the opportunity to practice these skills in an outdoor environment.

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Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Texas Outdoor Survival Skills: Water Collection and Treatment

Overview

Finding and treating water can become a priority in extended survival situations, and it can save your life if your unexpected wilderness experience ends up lasting several days. Learn how to utilize some of the most common tactics for locating and collecting water outdoors and how to use modern and primitive water treatment methods. McKinney Roughs Nature Park has over 1,100 acres of woods, springs and river frontage for us to practice searching for and capturing water in the outdoors. A variety of filtration and purification methods will be presented and hands-on practice with these methods will prepare you for the important task of creating potable water. This class is taught by survival experts from both REI and LCRA.

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