Wilderness Skills Institute Adult Workshops and Certifications

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Archery Instructor Certifications - Instructor Training and Certifications Learn skills to take back to your classroom or your camp.

Level 1 Basic Archery Instructor Certification Course:

Dates: TBA
Cost: $125
Registration: Click Here
The NAA Level 1 - Basic Instructor Certification Course is designed for camp, youth organizations or other short-term program instructors. Brian King can specifically gear the instruction and materials for the needs of summer camp personnel, 4-H leaders, BSA, GSA, JOAD Instructors, or school teachers. This course is a 8-hour courses all materials and quality equipment is provided. You do not have to be an archer to take this course you must be 15 years of age or older. Areas of instruction include: Safety and Limiting Risk Exposure, Learning to Shoot a Bow and Arrow, Equipment Differences, How to Teach Archery, and How to Set-up and Run an Archery Programs. There is a nice mix of lecture, group discussion, and hands on.

Level 2 Intermediate Archery Instructor Certification Courses:

Dates: TBA
Registration: Toni@WildernessSkillsInstitute.com

The NAA Level 2 - Instructor Certification Course is designed for preparing instructors and directors of archery programs including ACA camps, Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), 4-H and other archery club programs. This is 30 hour certification course the students must have held a Level 1 Certification for at least a year, be 18 years of age or older, and be a member of NAA or NFAA (can enroll in either at time of instruction). This certification will allow for the certification of your own Level 1 staff. This course provides an in-depth training in archery instruction including but not limited to: Risk Management; Purchasing, Troubleshooting and Tuning Equipment; Making Arrows and Bow Strings; Troubleshooting Errors in Form, Fine-Tuning Your Own Skills as an Archer and as an Instructor; How to teach a Basic Instructors Class. There is a nice mix of lecture, group discussion, and hands on.

California dept. of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education

This is the official California Hunter's Education class needed to obtain a hunting license. We volunteer to teach these classes and are offered at no cost other then a minimal material fee. Click here for more information. Email to register for the 4 hour review and exam.

Primitive Skills

Brain Tanning Buckskins using modern hand-tools and traditional practices students take a hide from start to finish through the tanning process, and keep the results of their work. Our next session is May 17 - 18, 2014 Read More

Skills for Small Farmers

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Nature Mentor Training

If you have an interest in working on our staff or would like to better serve your own students or children contact us for nature mentor training.




Your California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education class far surpassed my expectations. I have been hunting for over 20 years and just needed the class to get an out of state license; I have a much better understanding of my role of the hunter in the management of wildlife, I feel I am a safer hunter, I feel better about being a good mentor to my son.

A Dad at the end of a Hunter Education class

I have been hunting for years but misplaced my license, therefore, needed to retake the class. Brian kept it fun and I learned new material.

Thank you. I know it is a long drive for me and there are other classes closer but my grandson took the hunter ed class with you last month and my son sat in on it and told me I had to take it with you.

Gentleman calling up to schedule a Hunter Ed Class

I have read the books, had others at the range show me what to do, I thought I had it, but with just a few minutes with you I so get it now, my groups are so much tighter, and with such a little change in my form; I can’t wait to share this with my students.

An archery instructor after a level 1 instructors class

WAIT WAIT WAIT, do that again you made that look so easy, that is so much better then how I do that. That just paid for the entire workshop. An archery instructor seeing Brian finish serving on a bow string in a Level 2 archery instructors class

I am a new back to the land person and a new 4H leader, I came here to learn how butcher my goats, I now have a much better understanding of how the 4 chambers in the stomach works and what I should be feeding. I have been dreading having to butcher my goats, it was very edgy for me. I was a vegan for years. The whole process today was calm, respectful, and compassionate. If you eat meat you should take this class.

This is great, it is like watching a bunch of post grad students collaborating but they are 10 -15. And what is so cool is the instructor just off handedly asked a question. I would have had them read their text, spent 30 minutes lecturing, would have given them worksheets that I spent hours working on last night and then tonight would have spent a good hour grading them. All he said was “Did you see that there are more springs and more water flowing in the creek today then there was in July, we have not had any rain, why is there more water now? You would think there would be less?” That is all he said, he did not even tell them to go discuss it. The teens and preteens were sitting under the trees talking about the tilt of the earth, the moon, hot temperature, and the tree starting dormancy. Wow, I do not even know why. I love how they will give him an answer, he does not respond, not even change his expression, and they ask themselves more questions. It is great how a simple nod yields such elation from these teens and how they are so much more aware than what I have seen in other outdoor programs. He made it look like no more than taking some teens and preteens on a hike.

The summery of a teacher shadowing one of our mentors

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