Nature Studies & Outdoor Skills



Introduction to Herbalism

Amy Cason

Herbalism is an art unique unto itself. There are many aspects to be considered when we begin learning such an art. In this class we will cover the fundamentals. Students will learn the importance of names, different types of herb preparations and why to use each method. Sustainable sourcing of herbs and the responsibilities of using plants will also be covered. Ten native and common herbs will be discussed in detail and supplied. Thorough discussions on these plants will allow students to start learning the properties of plants and their uses.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1826-0202    Add registration to shopping cart
      Tue February 2, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1826-0706    Add registration to shopping cart
      Tue July 6, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Herbal Approaches to Pain

Amy Cason

Chronic pain is one of the most common daily problems in our nation today. This class will look at using a holistic approach to eliminate the pain from our lives as opposed to using prescribed narcotics to suppress the pain. We will look at some of the causes of pain and inflammation in our daily lives and discuss a multitude of options for dealing with them. Different foods that can help along with herbs and other natural therapies that the students can incorporate into their daily lives, will be discussed and made.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1827-0204    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu February 4, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1827-1101    Add registration to shopping cart
      Mon November 1, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Fly Fishing - Casting Basics

Paul Sinicki

The goal of this class is to help you get started in fly fishing or better your casting. We will go over different types of fly rods and when to use them. The proper way of lining a fly rod will be taught. You will be doing the over hand cast, roll cast and side arm cast, for a few examples. You will need to bring a hat and a pair of glasses or sunglasses. If you have a fly rod please bring it, otherwise one will be provided. To end, students will get a chance to try different fly rods.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

This is an active casting course. Students 16 or older who have a NYS fishing license can cast into the lake. Those without will cast on dry land. Students must bring a hat and glasses to wear for safety.

Sessions:

1890-0417    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 17, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1890-0606    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 6, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Foraging for Edible Plants

Amy Cason

The ability to provide for ourselves is a skill you don't want to find out the hard way that you lack. The ability to use plants in our daily lives can be a fun hobby or a matter of survival. In this class we will walk through the woods and identify edible plants available in our area and most of the north east. While we walk, we will discuss how herbs can be incorporated into our meals.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1828-0504    Add registration to shopping cart
      Tue May 4, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1828-0803    Add registration to shopping cart
      Tue August 3, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Native Plants and Their Uses

Amy Cason

This class is designed to help students learn to use north eastern native plants. Fifteen natives and their uses will be discussed. Foundational concepts discussed will include the importance of positive identification as well as walks to get familiar with individual plants, harvest preservation and preparation techniques, ethical wild crafting and more.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1829-0505    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed May 5, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1829-0804    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed August 4, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Fairy Lore: Stories, Poems & Houses

Margo Nelson

Let the everyday slip away on this imaginative walk along the River Trail of the Adirondack Folk School. Drawing from Celtic lore, we'll weave a tale about Fairies, while connecting the dots between the Faerie folk of Ireland and the Adirondacks. We'll start with creating a house out of natural objects, both provided and found, for the Fairies of the Forest and end with sitting around the fire listening to the stories of the Fairy Tree Trail of Ardgillan Castle in Ireland, the Cottingley Fairies of England and a poem or two by Adirondack Mountain Poet, Jeanne Robert Foster. Enchanted tea and Fairy Bread will be served.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $5
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $50 (members)         $60 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Fairy Houses created in this workshop are temporary structures intended and designed to remain in the Forest of the River Trail, and not to be taken home.

Sessions:

1800-0516    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun May 16, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Herbs: Emergency Survival Situations

Amy Cason

Throughout the history of humanity, the ability to care for the sick and wounded has been part of everyday life, a necessity of survival and a staple in every family. The knowledge of what plants to use for food, wound care, infections and contagious diseases were paramount for life. This class will focus on the historical use of native and common plants for emergency and survival situations.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1830-0805    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu August 5, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Build a Rustic Birdhouse

Don Polunci

Anyone can learn to make a rustic birdhouse in just a few hours. A birdhouse is a simple structure with seven basic parts: two sides, a front and back, a bottom, and two pieces for the top. Power tools are not necessary to cut the wood; it can be done with a handsaw. Using rough-cut lumber, you will construct a rustic birdhouse that can be functional and/or decorative. Choose from several birdhouse designs. There will be a short discussion about nesting birds, feeding birds and suitable houses for area birds. Participants are encouraged to bring objects (such as old drawer pulls, doorknobs, hardware, etc.) from home. Adults and teens welcome; children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students should wear older clothing and/or bring an apron to class.

Sessions:

1824-0821    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 21, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1824-0918    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 18, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Introduction to Fly Tying

Paul Sinicki

This is a fun and relaxing art that helps keep your fingers nimble and creative ideas flowing. This class is designed to help beginners learn to place materials on a fishing hook and the intermediate tiers to hone their skills. The flys to be tied in the class will be determined by the skill of the students. Materials used in the class will be natural and synthetic. We will also go over different tools and substitutes used. If you have your own fly-tying tools please bring them, if you do not have a tying kit, one will be provided to use.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1891-1106    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 6, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm