Last year’s Medicine Hawk’s Mountain School participants learn about primitive camouflage. Courtesy/PEEC
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs consist of two weeks of day programs for students entering 4-6th grades, one week for students entering 7-8th grades, and now, a four-day overnight survival skills camp for adults and families with children 12 or older.
The new camp, titled Medicine Hawk’s Summer Survival Skills, will be run by Rourke McDermott, and will be held Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9 in the Jemez Mountains.
Participants will learn skills including primitive fire making, shelter building, making ember bowls and spoons, wildcrafting (finding and eating edible wild plants), hunting with throwing sticks, traps and snares, making cordage, locating and purifying water primitively, weaving baskets, making primitive pottery and primitive camoflague.
The weekend will be packed full of interesting demonstrations and hands-on lessons, with lots of time to perfect your new skills. It will conclude with night survival games.
McDermott taught last year’s popular Medicine Hawks’ Mountain School program for PEEC, and is an expert in primitive and wilderness survival skills.
He is also an Eagle Scout, and has taught survival skills through the Boy Scouts, Camp Shaver, the Valles Caldera National Preserve (where he holds his day-job), UNM-LA, PEEC and Jemez Pueblo.
McDermott will be joined in teaching the camp by friends and relatives who are also skilled instructors.
PEEC’s Nature Odyssey (for 4-6th graders) in the Rio Grande Valley will be held June 10 to 14 this year, and Nature Odyssey in the Valles Caldera will be held June 24 through June 28.
The Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) for students entering grades 7-8th will be held June 17 through 21.
Registration for all the camps will open in March, and the camps usually fill quickly. PEEC hopes again to be able to offer scholarships on a sliding scale based on income.
To be added to a list for notification when registration opens, email SOAP@pajaritoeec.org, or call 662-0460.
Don’t miss out on your chance to experience what past participants have called, “a truly wonderful combination of learning, exploration and fun!”