Nature Studies & Outdoor Skills



Introduction to Fly Tying

Paul Sinicki

What better way to appreciate the Adirondacks than through fly fishing and fly tying, with their long and rich local traditions. Fly fishing leads us to learn more about our environment and natural resources and increases the time we spend outdoors appreciating nature and living a healthier life. Most fly fishers become strong stewards of our resources as they learn to fish. Come learn the basics of tying your own flies with an expert instructor.

  • 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:

1010-0311    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 11, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Advanced Fly Tying

Paul Sinicki

This class is for those who are ready to extend their knowledge beyond the basics. You will learn fly tying skills, techniques and tools, and about the proper materials to prepare for any kind of fish or situation. Whether you fish our Adirondack rivers or lakes or not, this class will introduce you to a variety of flies that are ready for action. Learn to tie wet flies, dry flies, streamers, and patterns. You will get started with the materials required to create a wide variety of flies and advance through the vast array of fly tying possibilities. If you have the basic skills of tying flies, this class will help hone your skills so you can bring home the keepers!

  • 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:

1011-0311    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 11, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Weaving a Traditional Tumpline

Brian Manning

The tumpline is one of those basic straps for hauling burdens that has been used for centuries. A simple strap has been used by many people historically (and prehistorically), but the use of this strap on the forehead seems to be a concept indigenous to the Americas. As Europeans, especially the French came into North America, the tumpline became yet another technology borrowed from Native Americans, just like the canoe, toboggan, snowshoe, etc. In this class students will learn the use of a simple loom and shuttle, along with finger weaving techniques to create their own tumpline to use with a bedroll, toboggan and even a deer drag for the hunter. Topics will include a brief history, documentation of the use of a tumpline, historic photographs and pictures and options for the design. Looms, shuttles and weaving materials will be provided. Some experience weaving with a loom or fingers is helpful but not necessary.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $205 (members)         $245 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1047-0318    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat March 18, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun March 19, 2017 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, door knobs, 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

Sessions:

1015-0325    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 25, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1015-0923    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 23, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Basic Fly Casting

Paul Sinicki

Basic Fly Casting will introduce you to essential fly casting skills and start you on your way to a lifetime of fun and leisure. We will begin with an overview of the fly rod and its components, followed by a discussion of available fly line types and why you use them. The hands-on class starts with readying the rod for fishing. The physical casting program covers the four-part cast, false cast, and the very useful roll cast. There will be Q & A to review casting theory and how to assess your own casting. You will learn the basic knots needed for success on the water. Other casting information will be covered, time and interest permitting. No previous experience required.

  • 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 must bring a hat and glasses to wear for safety.

Sessions:

1021-0408    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 8, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Survival Skills for the Hiker, Paddler and Backpacker

Brian Manning

This class is geared toward anyone who pursues outdoor recreation in a wilderness setting. The basics of this course concentrates on the priorities needed to control the body's core temperature. These priorities are fire, shelter, water and self-aid. Topics include kit management, knife safety, fire making, tinder considerations, fire dependent and non-fire dependent shelters, water collection, navigation, lost proofing and search and rescue considerations, and more. Are you as prepared as you think you are? Kits are available for use during class and are covered in your materials fee. Students are responsible for these kits while in use and will turn them in at the end of class. At the end of class, students will receive a small fire kit to build on and a certificate.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $120 (members)         $140 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students may purchase kits in advance. Please contact AFS at least two weeks prior to the class. Students should bring a notebook and pen, lunch, a camera, any daily medications they may need, clothing applicable to the time of year and season and rain gear.

Sessions:

1049-0422    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 22, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1049-0715    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1049-1203    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 3, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Tracks of the Adirondacks

Brian Manning

Animal tracks can tell us many stories. They can tell us about an animal's habitat, where it is going and where it has been. In this basic tracking class students will learn how to identify different animal species that inhabit the Adirondacks. Students will learn how to make their own tracking aides which will include tracking sticks and foot placement cards, how to properly measure tracks, how to identify and measure an animal's gait, how to cast tracks and how to assemble a tracking kit. At the end of the class students will leave with the basic knowledge to identify various animal species and will have tracking aides to help them start their own path into tracking and creating a trackers journal.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $120 (members)         $140 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1050-0423    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 23, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1050-0716    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun July 16, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Walk the Earth in Wonder

Margo Mullein

In this course, we will explore the life cycle of plants through the model of the Native American Medicine Wheel. Discover how the four directions and seasons can be used as a guide map for living a sustainable life. The class will include a walk on the "wild side" with a meet and greet of medicinal plants growing in the area, so students can observe and tune into the plant life cycle. During each class, students will collectively build a medicine wheel out of natural objects, as well as engage in a hands on component of working directly with the plants at their peak. The class is offered during each season and each offering stands on its own. Full participation in each of the offerings is encouraged for a complete "walk around the wheel."

  • 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

Children 5 years of age and older are welcome with an adult. Dress for the outdoors. A journal is helpful. You may also bring a basket for harvesting, if you would like.

Sessions:

1053-1129 This offering has already met      Tue November 29, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0429    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 29, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0721    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 21, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0826    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 26, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-1015    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 15, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-1216    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 16, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Wilderness First Aid

Brian Manning

In our Wilderness First Aid (W.F.A.) we will discuss at length the essential survival kit and how it can best be utilized to treat the most common injuries and ailments in a wilderness setting. This course focuses on self-aid and the treatment of bleeding, airway management, trauma, shock and the ability to control the body's core temperature. We will also cover the three core skills of survival which are fire, shelter and water. This course is for anyone who regularly engages in outdoor activities. Students will receive upon completion of this training a two-year American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Certification Card, which is a nationally recognized certification in Basic Wilderness First Aid. Students must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $135 (members)         $155 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Materials include textbook, course outline materials and the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Certification card.

Sessions:

1120-1008    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 8, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm