December 16, 2010

Wilderness Survival Skills workshops planned

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If you found yourself stranded, away from the amenities of home and the life you’re accustomed to, could you survive?

Participants in a February workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center will learn to do exactly that. The two sessions of Wilderness Survival Skills workshops are Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, 2011, at the center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. Each session runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The workshop offers instruction in surviving in the wilderness by making sure you have the basics -- shelter, water, fire and food. Participants will learn a variety of things including how to build a shelter, make a fire, create primitive traps, purify water, and make cordage (rope/string).

The cost is $50 per person and participants need no previous experience with survival skills. But, those attending should dress appropriately for the weather and be ready to rough it as you practice what you’re learning. The classes will be at the Upper 40 Cabin on the Touch of Nature Environmental Center grounds.

You must pre-register to attend. Registration is due at least one week before the session you plan to attend. Participants should also bring a bag lunch.

For more information, or to register, call the office at 618/453-1121. When you register, you’ll get additional information, including directions and an optional equipment list.

If you would like to find out more about the Wilderness Survival Skills workshop details, e-mail Scott Ferguson at