Welcome to the July 2010 eNewsletter from Alderleaf Wilderness College!

In this issue...

1.) Feature Article: Survival Bow Making Instructions
A quickie bow is a fast-made bow for immediate use in a wilderness survival situation....

2.) Welcome New Staff Members!
We've hired three additional staff members. We're excited to introduce you to Heather, Dave, and Steve...

3.) Upcoming Summer Courses...
Bow Making Workshop, Wildlife Tracking Course, Natural Building with Earth Bag Workshop, Wilderness Survival Intensive, and more...

Feature Article:
Survival Bow Making Instructions

A quickie bow is a fast-made bow for immediate use in a wilderness survival situation. It is carved from a sapling or branch of a tree. The reason it is called a “quickie” bow is because it is made at the time the wood is harvested, rather than waiting a year or more for the wood to season (as is typical for regular bow construction). The advantage of this bow is that it is ready to use right away.

Step 1. Choosing Wood:

Some of the best woods for making bows include...(Read more)

...and check out the upcoming Bow Making Workshop!

Welcome New Staff Members!

We've recently hired three additional staff members! We're excited to introduce you to Heather Swift, Dave Scott, and Steve Nicolini:

Heather Swift has been a key consultant over the years. She is joining us as an instructor at the Wilderness Certification Program and is also assisting with outreach. Heather is the founder of Cohabitats, a consulting collective that fosters conservation, restoration and stewardship. She holds an M.S. in Management from Antioch University Seattle, has completed WSU's Forest Stewardship program and is certified as a CyberTracker Level II for Track & Sign.

Dave Scott is also joining us as an instructor at the Wilderness Certification Program. Dave is an accomplished naturalist, tracker, and survival skills teacher and the co-author of Bird Feathers - A Guide to North American Species. He is certified as a Level III Track & Sign Interpreter through CyberTracker International and is currently working on completing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education.

Steve Nicolini is joining us as the land steward at Alderleaf. Steve will be helping coordinate and implement the master permaculture plan and forest stewardship activities on campus. He will also be serving as a teaching assistant at Wilderness Certification Program field trips. Steve is a graduate of both the Wilderness Certification Program and the Instructor Internship at Alderleaf. He also works with Quiet Heart Wilderness School where he teaches youth programs.

Learn more about the new staff by checking out their expanded bios on our Faculty Page!

Upcoming Summer Courses!

Check out what's coming up this summer!

Bow Making Workshop: Jul 16-18, 2010
Learn how to make a wooden long bow. Build and take home a bow, an arrow, and the skills to make more!

Wildlife Tracking Weekend Course: Jul 24-25, 2010
Learn animal tracking skills with local wildlife tracker, Jason Knight. Designed for both the outdoor enthusiast and environmental professional.

Natural Building w/ Earth Bag Workshop: Aug 2-6, 2010
Learn the key principles of earth bag construction including sustainable design, foundations, walls, framing, and more!

View our full lineup of classes at our Courses page!

Considering the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program?

There's still time to apply for the 2010-2011 school year!

Learn more...

Did you know that Alderleaf has a blog and forum site?

Check them out...

Alderleaf Blog: Notes from Alderleaf

Alderleaf Online Forums: Alderleaf Commons

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