Surviving the Elements

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At the Chippewa Nature Center, our children learned about Surviving the Elements:

What is it about? –  Students learn a few basic survival techniques that could save their lives if lost in the woods.  They are given survival scenarios and as a group learn to make decisions and take appropriate action.   Students learn map and compass skills, fire building and fire by friction, shelter construction, and water purification skills.

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We waited in the Visitor’s Center for the other homeschoolers to assemble. This portion of the building overhangs the Chippewa River.

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Amazingly, coordinators of the field trip had already gathered enough chaperones so that I was not required to stay. I was student-free for nearly four hours! This is the only field trip I can remember NOT supervising during the past 7 years of our homeschooling. Such an odd feeling! While the children built shelters and set fires, I gathered books at a library, met Terry for lunch, and shopped at several stores by myself. Those few hours flew by.

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Although I have no photos of the survival training, Christian and Rebecca relayed tales of an enjoyable experience. I just hope they’re with me if I’m ever stranded on a desert island.

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10.17.11

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