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Alderleaf Wilderness College produces free "how-to" wilderness skills articles and information to help you learn about wilderness survival, wild edible & medicinal plants, permaculture & sustainable living skills, wildlife tracking, birding & bird language, outdoor education, and other nature skills. You can browse by category or view our complete listing of wilderness skills articles below.


Categories:

Wilderness Survival Articles
Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Articles
Permaculture Articles
Wildlife Tracking Articles
Birding and Bird Language Articles
Outdoor Education Articles
Additional Nature & Wilderness Articles



Wilderness Survival Articles


- Basics of Wilderness Survival Shelters
- Making Fire with Bow and Drill
- Primitive Fire Making with Flint and Steel
- Making Arrowheads: The Art of Flint Knapping
- Wilderness Survival Foods
- How to Build a Debris Hut
- Choosing the Best Survival Knife
- Wilderness Survival Kits: Top Ten Items
- Blending Modern and Native American Survival Skills
- Building a Fire Pit
- Creating Primitive Stone Tools
- Camping Knots for Wilderness Survival
- Wilderness Survival School Classes at Alderleaf
- How to Read a Compass
- Basic Survival Skills
- Causes of Hypothermia
- Primitive Survival Weapons for Acquiring Food
- Giardia Symptoms and Treatment
- Pemmican Recipes
- Survival Bow Making Instructions
- How to Read a Map: Topographical Map
- Flint Knapping Tools
- Outdoor Survival Techniques
- Snares and Traps for Survival Trapping
- How to Shoot a Bow Instinctively
- Bug out Bag: Being Prepared for Emergencies
- Survival Essentials: What Matters Most
- The Bowline Knot
- Outdoor Survival Training
- Pacific Northwest Weather
- Bow Hunting Games
- Wilderness Evasion
- Native American Basket Weaving
- Make a Water Filter
- Building a Quinzee
- Wilderness First Aid Kit
- Survival Snares: Construction and Use
- Handdrill: Parts and Technique
- Primitive Fishing Techniques
- Wilderness Survival Quiz
- Cordage: Making Natural Rope
- Build a Survival Stove
- Top 5 Survival Books
- Survival Gear List: The Survival Essentials
- Survival Water Purification
- Survival Plants

- Bow Drill Fire in the Pacific Northwest
- Winter Survival Trip
- Survival Shows: Entertainment vs Reality
- Deer Hide Tanning
- Survival Fire Starters
- The Dakota Fire Hole
- How to Sharpen a Knife
- How to Make a Fire
- Survival Clothing
- Hand Drill Fire
- The Mora Knife
- How to Make an Atlatl
- Survival Gear Checklist: Ten Essential Systems
- Paracord
- Finding the Best Bushcraft Knife
- How to Tie a Clove Hitch
- Building a Survival Shelter
- Survival Fish Trap
- Survival Fire Fungus: Birch Polypore
- Fire Pit Construction for Survival




Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Articles


- Wild Edible Plants: Benefits, Hazards, and Major Groups
- Coniferous Forest Plants of the Pacific Northwest
- Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
- Pacific Bleeding Heart Plants
- Red Huckleberry Plants: A Valuable Northwest Native
- Wild Strawberry Plants: The Sweetest Little Gift of the Forest
- Medicinal Uses of Elderberry Plants
- Five Temperate Rainforest Plants to Know in the Pacific Northwest
- List of Medicinal Plants in the Temperate Rainforest
- Identifying Wild Mushrooms
- Edible Weeds: A Different Perspective
- Blackberry Plants - One of the Tastiest Wild Fruits
- Fiddlehead Ferns: Springtime Edible Treats
- Edible Berries: Wild Delights
- Edible Wild Mushrooms
- Poisonous Mushrooms
- Types of Evergreen Trees: The Best Ones for Wilderness Survival
- Tree Identification: Key Features for Identifying Trees
- Tincture Recipes Article
- Plant Identification: Newcomb's Wildflower Method
- Herbal Cold Remedy from Wild Plants
- Floating Pond Plants: For Habitat, Food and Beauty
- Types of Mushrooms: For Medicine and Permaculture
- Water Hemlock - A Deadly Poisonous Plant
- Antifungal Herbs: Healing Allies
- How to Grow Blueberries
- Herbs for Allergies: Common Allies
- Plants in the Desert: Living Survival Aids
- Pacific Northwest Trees
- Urban Foraging
- Natural Cold Remedies
- Chantrelle Mushrooms
- How to Make a Tincture
- How to Make Cottonwood Salve
- Antiviral Herbs
- Stinging Nettle Infusions
- Turkey Tail Mushrooms: Fungal Medicine
- Survival Plants
- Wild Edible Greens
- Foraging for Wild Edibles
- Edible Wildflowers
- Lobster Mushroom
- Edible Seaweeds
- Morel Mushrooms
- Cattail Plants - Friend of the Forager, Bushcrafter, & Basket-Maker
- Stinging Nettle Plants
- Common Burdock
- Medicinal Plants List
- Nettle for Hair
- How to Make Maple Syrup
- Common Camas
- How to Dry Herbs
- Wild Mushroom Recipes
- Birch Beer Recipe
- Stinging Nettle Pesto Recipe




Permaculture Articles


- Medicinal Herb Gardening Using Permaculture Techniques
- Fruit Tree Pruning Instructions
- Creating a Permaculture Food Forest
- A List of Deer Resistant Plants
- Evergreen Shrubs: Best Choices for Permaculture
- Benefits of Small Backyard Ponds
- Freshwater Ecosystems: Ponds for Permaculture
- Plants for Ponds
- Forest Food Web
- Fukuoka Farming
- Garden Companion Planting
- Growing Chives
- How to Grow Strawberries
- Worm Composting System
- Backyard Fish Farming
- Growing Oyster Mushrooms
- Building with Earthbags
- Cob Oven Construction
- Homemade Compost Bins
- Heating a Greenhouse
- Monkey Puzzle Tree
- Permaculture Principles
- Black Walnut Tree
- How to Raise Chickens
- Autumn Olive Shrubs
- Solar Ovens
- 15 Great Permaculture Plants
- Home Cheese Making
- Chicken Tractor: A Movable Chicken Pen
- Compost Tea Recipes




Wildlife Tracking Articles


- How to Identify Deer Tracks From Other Similar Footprints
- Bobcat Tracks: Determining Male Versus Female
- Fox Tracks and Sign: A Field Guide Account
- Coyote Tracks and Sign: A Field Guide Account
- Mountain Lion Tracks and Sign: A Field Guide Account
- Raccoon Tracks and Sign: A Field Guide Account
- Skunk Tracks and Sign: A Field Guide Account
- Black-tailed Deer Tracks and Sign: A Field Guide Account
- Hare and Rabbit Tracks: A Field Guide Account
- American Black Bear Tracks and Sign: A Field Guide Account
- Snake Tracks: Understanding Serpent Locomotion
- The Best Places for Tracking Animals
- A List of Mammals in North America
- Recognizing Badger Habitat
- Recognizing Coyote Habitat
- Recognizing Wild Turkey Habitat
- Recognizing Wolverine Habitat
- Recognizing Bobcat Habitat
- Recognizing Woodpecker Habitat
- Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Book Review
- Recognizing Moose Habitat
- Tracking Animals: Understanding the Basics
- Wolf Tracks and Sign
- Bird Tracks: Identification by Foot Structure
- Cat Tracks: North American Species
- Finding Quality Tracking Instructors
- Skull Identification
- Human Tracking
- Wolverine Tracks & Sign
- Differentiating Dog Tracks



Birding and Bird Language Articles


- Winter Birding in the Pacific Northwest
- Hummingbird Migration
- How to Draw Birds for a Naturalist Journal
- Using Bird Sounds to Locate Animals
- Identifying Backyard Birds
- Identification of Wild Birds: Tips and Techniques
- Sharp-Shinned Hawk and Cooper's Hawk
- Free Birdhouse Plans
- Bird Communication
- Black-capped chickadee
- Bird Feather Identification
- Hummingbird Habitat
- Bird Behavior
- Bird Language: Understanding the Fundamentals
- Bald Eagle Habitat
- Bird Identification



Nature Education Articles


- Outdoor Games for Children
- Becoming a Good Nature Instructor
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
- Coyote Teaching



Additional Nature and Wilderness Skills Articles:

- Nature Photography for Beginners
- Identify Spiders: A How-to Guide
- Identify Snakes: A How-to Guide
- Wildlife Pencil Drawings
- Black Bear Pictures
- Tent Camping Checklist
- Swamp Ecosystem: Ecology and Survival
- Ecosystem Succession: Disturbance and Recovery
- Black Bear Attacks
- Facts About Amphibians
- Field Herpetology
- Bear Attacks
- Camping Food List
- Identifying Amphibian Eggs



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