Nature Studies & Outdoor Skills



Art of Friction Fire

Dave Muska

In this class you will learn time-tested techniques to starting fire with friction. Yes, you can do that! We will cover the local species of plants that provide the greatest success along with the fundamental components of friction kits, how they work and why they sometimes don't. You will leave this class with a new appreciation for the gift of fire along with the tools and knowledge to create fire on your own. Subjects covered will include tinder bundle collection and construction, strap drill (2 person), bow drill (1 person) and hand drill. All participants will build their own friction kits to take home.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $145
         Non-members: $155
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $155 (members)         $165 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students are required to bring a full tang or locking blade knife for carving, and to wear weather appropriate clothing as a good portion of the day will be spent outdoors.

Sessions:

1509-0928    This session has been cancelled
      Sat September 28, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




The World of Mushroom Foraging in the Adirondacks

Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt

Join Ryan & Emily in spring, summer &/or fall and learn how to observe, identify and describe the finer details of fungi in the way a mycologist does. This course will familiarize students with mushroom science and the fun of mushroom hunting culture with an emphasis on the mushroom species of the Adirondacks that are considered "safe for beginners". We will study techniques for mushroom photography, collections, storage...and yes, delicious wild mushroom cuisine. Using wild mushrooms of the Adirondacks, we will demonstrate (and enjoy) various mushroom cooking concepts from around the world, as well as original wild mushroom recipes from Ryan and Emily. Ryan's book: Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northeast will be available for $20 at the class.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $330
         Non-members: $360
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Students should wear weather appropriate clothing, suitable for hiking. Students may wish to bring with them a notebook and writing utensil, pocket knife and camera (or phone with the ringer off).

Sessions:

1438-0607 This offering has already met
      Fri June 7, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat June 8, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun June 9, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1438-0821 This offering has already met
      Wed August 21, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 22, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 23, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1438-1003    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu October 3, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri October 4, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 5, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1403-0330 This offering has already met      Sat March 30, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1403-1006    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 6, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Autumn Landscapes and the Full Hunter Moon Photo Tour

Carl Heilman II

While each season in the Adirondacks has its own special qualities, the most spectacular is when the trees on the hillsides are vibrant with fall color. Spend a day photographing the southeastern Adirondacks during the peak of color, with Carl Heilman as your guide and mentor. After meeting briefly at the Folk School for an introduction and to cover any initial questions, the rest of the day will be spent photographing at several different nearby locations. There are many beautiful river, waterfall and lake vistas that are reasonably close to the Folk School. This tour will take best advantage of the fall foliage and colorful landscape. One of the goals of the day will be photographing the full moon as it rises in the evening sky, so we'll also find a nice location to do moonrise / twilight photos. Moon rise is 6:16pm and sunset is 6:17pm. The moon should be coming up above the horizon soon after the sun goes down offering a variety of photo ops for sunset, moonrise and moonlight photos.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $195
         Non-members: $205
  • Course Length: 1 Day

This nature photography tour is designed for those who are already comfortable with camera basics such as the relationship between aperture, shutter and ISO settings. During this 8-hour day we will start with a brief introduction/discussion and then will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to photograph and experiment with photo techniques in the field. We can car pool for anyone returning back to Lake Luzerne, otherwise it will be best to drive. Since we will be in the field most of the day, be sure to bring along food, snacks, water and any extra clothing for the day. An umbrella and/or camera cover can be helpful if there are showers. Also be sure to have at least one extra fully charged battery, the camera manual and extra memory cards.

Sessions:

1529-1021    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 12, 2019 11:00 am - 7:00 pm




Seasonal Attunement - Walking the Wheel

Margo Mullein

Experience the seasons from mother nature's perspective, as we follow her journey through spring, summer, fall and winter. This course is a blend of observations, teachings and hands on experiences which can guide us to live sustainably while incorporating a practice of attuning to the season. We'll begin on our River Trail to collect natural material which will then be used to create a Medicine Wheel, based on Native principals. Walking the wheel we'll stop at each segment for an in-depth look at what it has to offer us, discussing the 4 seasons, their corresponding compass direction, animal totems, elements, body organ relationship and the life cycle / energy of plants. Working with plants at their peak, we'll harvest plants from the wild and return to the course room for the hands-on portion of our day, where each of us will make and take our own seasonally attuned herbal preparation: SPRING (4/28): Plant Infused Oils; SUMMER (7/21): Balms for Bites, Stings, Rashes; FALL: (10/27): Botanical Scrubs for Face and Body; WINTER (12/8): Breathe Deep Salve. A seasonally inspired lunch is included in each class!

  • 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

The herbal preparation made during the first class (spring), will be the base ingredient throughout the other seasons. While each class stands on its own, the work is accumulative. A seasonally inspired lunch is included, so please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Sessions:

1354-0428 This offering has already met      Sun April 28, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1354-0721 This offering has already met      Sun July 21, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1354-1027    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 27, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1354-1208    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 8, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm