Plants: Edible & Medicinal

Plant Walk and Knife Skills and Safety – AR

Navigating the wilderness and foraging plant life for medicine and food are critical elements of survival.

PLANT WALK (9-11 AM // $20/person)

Take a walk on the wild side with American Survival Co. Trek through the woods and around our War Eagle, AR base camp with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used common weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with valuable knowledge of everyday plants that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch Break

KNIFE SAFETY SKILLS (1-5 PM) ($50)

Most of us didn’t grow up with a knife in hand, whittling tools and creature comforts from the landscape out of necessity. Knife skills are disappearing and becoming an under-appreciated skill. This class is fantastic for all experience and skill levels.

We will cover a range of skills from:

  • knife and ax safety
  • batoning
  • useful saw techniques and safety
  • biomechanics of knife use (how to use your knife more efficiently when calories count)

Knife skills seem simple…take the sharp edge, remove wood, try not to cut yourself. Like most bushcraft and survival skills, the devil is in the details. This workshop will provide you the training to effectively and safely use sharp cutting tools in the field.

The instructors have a knack for gauging your experience level and giving you appropriately challenging tasks to progress your skills. This is done from varying projects from tent stakes to wooden spoons and netting needles. No prior experience needed, but if it is there, you will be challenged.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife and any knives you would like to use during the knife course

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Yes, cell phone service is actually very strong at our camp.

What is the bathroom situation? Bathroom facilities are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Plant Walk and Land Navigation – FL

Navigating the wilderness and foraging plant life for medicine and food are critical elements of survival.

PLANT WALK (9-11 AM // $20/person)

Take a walk on the wild side with American Survival Co. Trek through the woods and around our Jacksonville, FL base camp with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used common weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day plants that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

11:30-12:30 – Break/Lunch

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION (12:30-5:00 PM // $50/person)

Outdoor navigation skills are essential for adventuring and exploring the wilderness. It’s easy to become lost without signal, rendering your GPS useless. Many modern navigation tools are excellent, but do you know what to do when they fail? Can you find your way without devices? In American Survival Co.’s outdoor navigation class you will learn multiple techniques for wilderness navigation, so you can get yourself safely to your destination. This class is great for hikers, backpackers, hunters, campers and adventurers. However, outdoor navigation is useful in many survival situations for those who never expect to be lost or stranded in the wilderness, this skill set is extremely valuable for all people to hone.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Waterproof shoes / boots

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Primitive Skills Immersion Camp – Wayback Wilderness

Join Justin Cook, Joel Graves, Madison Parker and Kau’i Moorehead at Wayback Wilderness Survival School – October 11-14, 2019 for a primitive living skills camp in the tidal swamps of Northern Escambia County at scenic Becks Lake Fish Camp; the gateway to the Escambia River.

Enjoy 350 acres of hardwood forests and blackwater creeks full of panfish, catfish, turtles and alligators. This unique environment has both tropical and temperate elements and is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in primitive wilderness survival skills.

We will spend the entire duration of the class time in the woods or on the water. we will share a common shelter and living space, eat together, camp together and will be focusing entirely on primitive living and coming together as a TRIBE the best we can. Expect to learn the basics of Stone Age survival, especially flintknapping, fiber craft, and friction fire.Will discuss the anthropological and archaeological record, geology, geography and hope to create a connection with the land. Students can also expect to learn detailed knowledge about plants, animals, folklore and will be exposed to a variety of hunting, fishing, and trapping information in this class

Topics covered:

  • The Paiute and Y-Bone deadfall
  • learn to make several types of simple, versatile and effective traps
  • make a clay pot
  • make a wooden bowl
  • boil water in both
  • make a fishhook/gorge that will catch a fish
  • make a fishing gig
  • make and throw an Atl Atl
  • make an Arrow- make a stone knife (knapping)
  • make cordage
  • make a hand drill fire by friction
  • use a bow drill
  • how to make a net
  • make a fish trap
  • Preserve Game by Smoking
  • process acorns
  • identify wild edibles
  • cook fish over the fire

Camping is completely primitive and will require you to walk in, we will share responsibilities to create a community atmosphere. Food is not provided- we encourage you to bring a minimum of food Items, we will have ample opportunity to fish and gather, we recommend trail mix and real food such as sweet potatoes, fruit, wild game, — natural items to stay in sync with the primitive camp, expect some foods as such to be available and provided. Part of the focus of this class is to create an authentic experience.

Suggested Materials :

Knife or machete, backpack containing: hammock, or tarp. nylon string or twine. 32 oz stainless steel bottle, steel cup, 2 bandannas, headlamp, notebook, Sturdy shoes, clothes for camping, assorted small to large hooks, cooking pot, personal first aid supplies and personal medications. Bug spray.

Don’t over pack! You will be required to carry this gear to several locations on the property – bring a camera, be prepared to get earthy!

Dress comfortably- but dress for outdoor work. Also neural colors preferred.

2020 Becks Lake Rd

Cantonment, FL 32533

LAT/LONG

30.623671 N

-87.264754W

Link to MAP:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/2020+Becks+Lake+Rd,+Cantonment,+FL+32533/@30.623671,-87.264754,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x889093a651d05b3d:0x99c54d7c401a3256!8m2!3d30.623671!4d-87.264754?hl=en-US

Join Justin Cook, Joel Graves, Madison Parker and Kau’i Moorehead at Wayback Wilderness Survival School – October 11-14, 2019 for a primitive living skills camp in the tidal swamps of Northern Escambia County at scenic Becks Lake Fish Camp; the gateway to the Escambia River.

Enjoy 350 acres of hardwood forests and blackwater creeks full of panfish, catfish, turtles and alligators. This unique environment has both tropical and temperate elements and is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in primitive wilderness survival skills.

We will spend the entire duration of the class time in the woods or on the water. we will share a common shelter and living space, eat together, camp together and will be focusing entirely on primitive living and coming together as a TRIBE the best we can. Expect to learn the basics of Stone Age survival, especially flintknapping, fiber craft, and friction fire.Will discuss the anthropological and archaeological record, geology, geography and hope to create a connection with the land. Students can also expect to learn detailed knowledge about plants, animals, folklore and will be exposed to a variety of hunting, fishing, and trapping information in this class

Topics covered:

  • The Paiute and Y-Bone deadfall
  • learn to make several types of simple, versatile and effective traps
  • make a clay pot
  • make a wooden bowl
  • boil water in both
  • make a fishhook/gorge that will catch a fish
  • make a fishing gig
  • make and throw an Atl Atl
  • make an Arrow- make a stone knife (knapping)
  • make cordage
  • make a hand drill fire by friction
  • use a bow drill
  • how to make a net
  • make a fish trap
  • Preserve Game by Smoking
  • process acorns
  • identify wild edibles
  • cook fish over the fire

Camping is completely primitive and will require you to walk in, we will share responsibilities to create a community atmosphere. Food is not provided- we encourage you to bring a minimum of food Items, we will have ample opportunity to fish and gather, we recommend trail mix and real food such as sweet potatoes, fruit, wild game, — natural items to stay in sync with the primitive camp, expect some foods as such to be available and provided. Part of the focus of this class is to create an authentic experience.

Suggested Materials :

Knife or machete, backpack containing: hammock, or tarp. nylon string or twine. 32 oz stainless steel bottle, steel cup, 2 bandannas, headlamp, notebook, Sturdy shoes, clothes for camping, assorted small to large hooks, cooking pot, personal first aid supplies and personal medications. Bug spray.

Don’t over pack! You will be required to carry this gear to several locations on the property – bring a camera, be prepared to get earthy!

Dress comfortably- but dress for outdoor work. Also neural colors preferred.

2020 Becks Lake Rd

Cantonment, FL 32533

LAT/LONG

30.623671 N

-87.264754W

Link to MAP:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/2020+Becks+Lake+Rd,+Cantonment,+FL+32533/@30.623671,-87.264754,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x889093a651d05b3d:0x99c54d7c401a3256!8m2!3d30.623671!4d-87.264754?hl=en-US

Plant Walk and Land Navigation – FL

Navigating the wilderness and foraging plant life for medicine and food are critical elements of survival.

PLANT WALK (9-11 AM // $20/person)

Take a walk on the wild side with American Survival Co. Trek through the woods and around our Jacksonville, FL base camp with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used common weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day plants that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

11:30-12:30 – Break/Lunch

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION (12:30-5:00 PM // $50/person)

Outdoor navigation skills are essential for adventuring and exploring the wilderness. It’s easy to become lost without signal, rendering your GPS useless. Many modern navigation tools are excellent, but do you know what to do when they fail? Can you find your way without devices? In American Survival Co.’s outdoor navigation class you will learn multiple techniques for wilderness navigation, so you can get yourself safely to your destination. This class is great for hikers, backpackers, hunters, campers and adventurers. However, outdoor navigation is useful in many survival situations for those who never expect to be lost or stranded in the wilderness, this skill set is extremely valuable for all people to hone.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Waterproof shoes / boots

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

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