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Christopher Nyerges
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« on: December 29, 2017, 08:08:07 PM »

Here are some classes upcoming for 2018.  Hope to see some of you again.  Remember to always RSVP, email or phone, and make sure there are no changes.

Saturday, December 30, 10 a.m.
A year-end time to reflect on your life, and re-connect with the healing power of the woods.   In this approx. 5 hour class,  learn how to make fire without matches, build an emergency shelter, make soap from plants, weave rope and baskets from natural materials, gather wild foods, and more. Upper Arroyo, Location 1. Meet at the  west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.

Thursday, January 4, 11:30 a.m.
On this walk into the Upper Arroyo, you will learn about how to identify native plants, and how to forage responsibly.  You’ll learn the history of the plants, as well as the history of the canyon, and the important role of water  in shaping the city to the south. And more… Upper Arroyo, Location 1. Meet at the  west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.

Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m.
Learn what to “always” carry in your pack: essential items, survival items and comfort items will be covered.  We will address the the “layering” system of outdoor clothing.  We’ll cover compass basics such as general compass use, the difference between magnetic and true north and how to adjust for the difference,  determining your pace count and how to use your pace count to help your navigation, etc.  Also included are knife safety basic knife grips and carving techniques, and how to set up an emergency shelter and the essential knots to do so.   And more…….. Pasadena, Hahamongna Watershed Park,  Location 2.

Friday, January 12, 7 p.m.
at Pasadena City College.
Five Friday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Class topics include: Wild plants for food and medicine, food and food storage, water purification, water storage, making fire without matches, clothing, shelter, weaving,  tools and weapons, and more.  For registration and cost, call (626) 585-7608.

Saturday, January 13, 10 a.m.
WILD FOODS WALK, Introduction to Foraging, $35
Explore a local wild area and learn about the many foods from nature, and how to sustainably harvest them.  Some are considered exotics because they are from somewhere else.  Others are natives, whose home has been here as long as we know. We’ll explore, collect, and sample some of the in-season plant.  Location given with RSVP.

Sunday, January 14, noon  TBA

Thursday, January 18, 11:30
In this foothill region, you’ll learn about the unique local botany, a mix of native chaparral and introduced plants. We’ll also  learn what it took to live here in the pre-electrical days, by observing some of the cabins built in the area nearly a hundred years ago. Millard Canyon. Location given with RSVP.

Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m.
We’ll hike along the trail up to the old Echo Mountain resort, and study the flora and fauna along the way, as well as a bit of local history. Dress comfortably and bring a lunch. The hike is moderate, uphill, just under 3 miles to the top.  Location given with RSVP.

Wednesday, January 24, 11:30 a.m.
You’ll discover some of the natural material used in the past for baskets, as well as general cordage, brushes, and sandals.  You’ll learn the details of the “California weave” and create one small basket.  A wonderful high elevation location, and a great skill to know!  Location given with RSVP.

Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.
We’ll be at Switzers Camp in the Angeles National Forest, and we’ll get lots of hands-on in all the basic skills that our grandparents took for granted. Learn about uses of wild plants for food, primitive fire-making, water finding and purification, shelter, slings and snares, weaving with natural fibres, and more.  Switzers Camp, Location 3.  Obtain a Forest Adventure Pass.

Thursday, February 1, 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.
You’ll see some of the common native plants that have long been used for various first aid applications, as well as for maintaining health.  The streamside walk will include the sampling of some of the wild plants, and a short discussion about the methods of Hippocrates. Location given with RSVP.

Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m.
THE ART OF ORIENTEERING: Using a Map and Compass, and other methods of navigation. $35
In this workshop, you will understand how to read a map, how to adjust your map to the terrain, how to make simple observation, how to make a solar compass, how to navigate without a map, and how to navigate without a compass.  Location given with RSVP.

Thursday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.
In the very beginning, people learned to spin a long piece of wood onto a flat wooden base, and produce that miracle of fire.  You’ll learn how that was done also, and you’ll get to try it yourself. Two methods will be taught and practiced at this lunchtime workshop.  Location given with RSVP.

Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.
In this leisurely walk, you will learn about the many different types of wild plants which can be foraged, and how to forage sustainably without damaging the population of any plants.  Wildcrafting is an ages-old tradition, and during this walk, you will learn some time-proven tips. Location given with RSVP.

Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m.
We’ll provide you with a basic overview of the uses of common plants, and you’ll get to see them in their natural growing environment. How did the Native peoples use their environment for supermarket, hospital, and hardware store? Let’s learn how. Location given with RSVP.

Sunday, February 18   TBA

Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 a.m.
In wilderness situations, and deep in the woods, people have hunted animals for their survival. If you lack any modern tools, you can still practice this skill by making simple snare and traps, mostly with materials you find in the woods.  You will learn how to construct a few of these devices, and see how they work. We will not be actually trapping any animals.  Note: In today’s modern world, there is less and less reason to be a carnivore, and more and more reasons to move away from that lifestyle.  But we are not judging anyone here. Our goal is to pass along basic skills that have passed the test of time, skills that you never know if and when you will need.  Location given with RSVP.

Friday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Five-week SURVIVAL SKILLS, URBAN focus. Pasadena City College.  Call (626) 585-7608 for information and registration. Class topics include uses of wild plants for food and medicine, Storing food and water, purifying and finding water, What to do when the power goes out, shelter in the backyard,  tools and weapons, fire starting, shelters,  etc.  Other urban application will be discussed where appropriate. Taught by Christopher Nyerges.

Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m.
NATURALIST WALK: Mushrooms and Wild Foods, $35.
We will explore an area where we are likely to find various mushrooms at this time of the year, and we’ll also discuss the other flora and history of the area.  A casual walk that you should find enlightening. Note: We plan these classes many weeks/months ahead of time, and this is the time of year where mushrooms are typically found. However, we cannot guarantee in advance what mush-rooms will be found, or even if any will be found. We can guarantee that you should have a wonderful time, however.  Location given with RSVP.

Thursday,  March 1, 11:30 a.m.
We’ll go on a short leisurely walk and learn about  some of the common edible and medicinal plants now growing. You will also learn about how to make a simple kim-chee to preserve wild foods, as well as an ages-old medicinal remedy. 
Location given with RSVP.

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