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Wilderness Survival Skills

Schedule and location

Saturday, November 2, 2019, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Shelter

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Be prepared for the unexpected on your next outdoor adventure. Having a plan and being prepared with some essential survival skills can help you stay safe, even if things go wrong.

In this class, you will:

  • Learn what to do before you even leave home to improve your odds of a safe adventure
  • Learn to assess your situation, weigh priorities, and make a plan
  • Think creatively about using what you have with you to survive
  • Learn about the ten essential items you should carry on every trip
  • Understand the body’s basic needs for survival
  • Learn how to build an impromptu shelter and start a fire
  • Learn how to find and safely consume water from natural sources

Whether you like to hike, mountain bike, climb, or paddle, this class is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who is looking to build confidence and develop their wilderness skills.

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Nathan Hambel, naturalist and former wilderness guide

Nate Hambel is a Naturalist with the Willowbrook Wildlife Center for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.  He has been teaching outdoor recreation and environmental education since 2008 and is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation.  He also teaches Field and Experiential Learning with the College of DuPage as an Adjunct faculty member.  He is passionate about conservation education and travels around the world connecting people with nature.    

Course details

  • Notes: Held outdoors, includes walking on uneven surfaces, bending, and kneeling. Please dress for the weather. Limit 20
  • Recommended ages: Ages 16 and up

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Wilderness Survival Skills