Educational Programs

First Earth Wilderness School offers a wide range of unique educational programs in stone-age technology, ancient foodways, and nature awareness, either at your location or at First Earth's camp. Our most popular off-site program is a one-hour presentation including demonstrations & exhibits, or choose to customize a program to fit your curriculum needs.

Hands-on instruction is available in several subjects, students take home a finished project. (smaller groups only) Nature study field-trips are available in: plant, bird, animal & insect ID by sight & sound, edible/medicinal/useful plant ID, animal tracking, nature awareness, overview of local archaeology, food web & basic ecology of forests & streams.

We also offer Edible/Medicinal/Useful plant walks for groups and individuals that want to learn plants on their property or area, these can be scheduled at request. Weekdays are preferred, but a few weekends are open. An afternoon plant walk is around $150-$200, depending on length and travel time.

Overview of basic presentation:

  • Discussion of stone-age technology, wilderness survival, and hunter-gatherer activities
  • Exhibition and discussion of display articles
  • Demonstration of selected subjects

  Demonstration subjects:

  • Flintknapping - (making stone arrowheads, knives, axes, and other tools, and see an extremely sharp stone cutting tool made in one second)
  • Demonstration of ancient weaponry, including atlatl, blowgun, bow & arrow
  • Making fire with bow-drill, hand-drill, flint & steel or fire-piston
  • Cordage - (very strong string & rope made from plant & animal fibers, even from a paper towel)

(Stone-age weapons & fire can be fully demonstrated only at an outside location)

List of handmade display articles:

  • Braintan buckskin clothing & moccasins
  • Bone sewing needles & awl
  • Bone fish-hook & plant-fiber fishing line
  • Primitive basketry & pottery
  • Fat or oil lamp made from pottery
  • Bow-drill, hand-drill & bamboo fire-saw (for making friction fire)
  • Fire-piston (fire by compression)
  • Several types of deadfall & snare traps
  • Stone-tipped pump drill
  • Stone knives & spear points
  • Spear points made from a television picture tube
  • Arrowpoints from gemstones such as jasper, agate, opal, obsidian
  • Atlatl & dart (ancient spear thrower used by Paleo people to kill Mastodon, Wooly Mammoth and other Pleistocene Megafauna)
  • Osage-Orange bow & rivercane arrows
  • Cherokee-style rivercane blowgun & darts
  • Rivercane backrest
  • Rawhide cooking pot (for boiling with hot stones)
  • Hair comb/cordage processing tool made from a deer scapula
  • Primitive paint set using finely ground colored stones
  • Large stone axes, spearpoints and hoes

Call or email for program price details