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Joel Graves – Certified Survival Instructor

Joel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Today, Joel leverages his tactical and combat experience to prepare civilians, military personnel and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self defense and organizational security.

Joel’s bushcraft and survival skill set is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special forces, Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program where he slept in the field for 5 months, living off the land and honing his craft.. Since a very young age, Joel has been hunting and fishing all over the country. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spends much of his time fishing on the coastal waters, gator hunting, building bows, and keeping his self reliance skills sharp. He also put up fierce competition in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and truly has a great love for teaching people of all ages the skills they need to survive!

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June 2019

Plant Walk and Land Navigation – FL

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
$20.00 - $60.00
plant walk and land navigation

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…

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July 2019

Urban Survival: Civilian SERE – FL

July 5 @ 9:00 am - July 7 @ 5:00 pm
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$350.00
SERE Training Jacksonville Florida

Our SERE course is developed from personal training in Naval special forces, omitting those elements which we are not legally able to provide to the civilian population. We further tailor the instruction to focus on the most common threats encountered by civilians both domestically and abroad.

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Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk (with optional Fire Class) – FL

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$20.00 - $105.00
Plant walk florida and Arkansas

Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used every day weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day weeds that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

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Fire Starters – Intro to Bow Drill & Ferro Rod – FL

July 13 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$15.00 - $90.00
friction fire, bow drill, flint and steel

Our SERE course is developed from personal training in Naval special forces, omitting those elements which we are not legally able to provide to the civilian population. We further tailor the instruction to focus on the most common threats encountered by civilians both domestically and abroad.

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Build A Bamboo Horse Bow & Learn How to Use It – FL

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
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$90.00
Build a Bamboo Horse Bow in One Day

Make a high-performance horse bow and arrow with your hands and learn primitive archery all in one day. We have partnered with Dave Mead Longbows to provide hand-crafted kits for a unique, primitive bow with impressive quality at an affordable price. Upon completion of our class you will leave with a great shooting bow, handmade arrow and the skills required to use them effectively.

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Modern Fishing

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 21 @ 5:00 pm
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
$220.00 - $500.00
fishing Jacksonville

Go from zero fishing experience to confident fisherman, rigging poles and baiting a hook like it’s second nature in one weekend. Not only will you learn traditional fishing methods, we will cover sustenance fishing, providing a new perspective for even some of the most experienced fishermen. While many people know how to work a fishing pole, they haven’t honed a well-rounded set of skills to truly put enough food on the table if ever in a survival situation. Shave you’re…

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Knife Skills & Safety

July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
$45.00

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 a much underappreciated skill. This class is fantastic for all experience and skill levels. We will cover a range of skills from: knife and axe safety batonning useful saw techniques and safety biomechanics of knife use (how to use your knife more efficiently when calories count) Knife skills seem simple…take sharp edge,…

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Fire Starters: Solar Fire

July 28 @ 1:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eat Your Yard Jax, 8220 Moncrief Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32219 United States
$25.00 - $45.00
solar fire workshop

Harness the energy of the Sun to create fire. This technique is weather dependent, but can be extremely valuable in an emergency situation

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