These programs are filled with interactive skills-building for the nature enthusiast, with some historical story-telling to enrich the experience!
Discover the skills our early settlers needed to live on the trail and start over. Come to one, or register for all three!
Note: please bring your own snacks and drinks in reusable containers. All classes will be outdoors – dress appropriately for the weather. If heavy rain or storm forces us to cancel a class, the rain back up date will be one week after the originally scheduled date of the class, at the same time.
Note: this is not a survival course.
Registration required in advance, click links below. Cost per person per day is $80 including tax. The program is 3 hours each day. There is a maximum of 9 people in the program. Call 905.683.8401 for assistance. If you are not a Pickering resident, please call the museum at 905.683.8401 to register.
Building a Shelter: Forage in the woods for natural materials, and learn to build two types of lean-to! Harvest fresh cedar for a vitamin-rich tea made over a fire. Learn to cook bannock on a stick. Note: bannock will include wheat flour. No substitutions.
Fire Building: Learn fire-building techniques for dry and wet weather. Use coal-burning technique to make a simple wooden container, learn to cook bannock on a stick, find clean water from natural sources, and enjoy a wild peppermint tea. Note: bannock will include wheat flour. No substitutions.
Eating on the Trail: Following a fire-building review, enjoy a wild raspberry leaf tea. Learn how to forage for in-season food, cook a simple, historical bush meal (blueberry bush pudding, bannock on coals, bannock doughnuts, and wild raspberry leaf tea). Note: meal will include wheat flour, dairy, and pork products. No substitutions.