Nature Studies & Outdoor Skills



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:

1547-0711 This offering has already met      Sat July 11, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1547-0822    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 22, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Woodland Fairy Houses

Bart Pisha

Legend has it that Fairies still dwell in mountains and forests everywhere, and the Adirondacks are no exception to this. While I've not yet seen any of them, it's clear that the chilly winters of our region pose a special challenge to these elusive beings. Particularly during the colder months, but also year-round, they need shelter from prying eyes and from the elements as well. Participants in this course will help meet this need by constructing imaginative Fairy houses and furniture of materials found in the forest or from home. Using twine and hot-melt glue these structures will be built on cardboard sheets allowing them to be readily transported to one's home or any glade where Fairies congregate.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $$6 - $32
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $85 (members)         $105 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Materials Fee Options: 1) $6.00 if you bring your own glue gun. 2) $16.00 includes a mini 110v glue gun with glue sticks. 3) $32 includes a full-size 110v glue gun with glue sticks. Please contact AFS for materials pricing and to state your choice.

Sessions:

1634-0606 This offering has already met      Sat June 6, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1634-0919    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Outdoor Shelters

David Cornelius

Spend a day with Native Dave constructing a variety of shelters for outdoor living. Working with both manufactured and natural materials you will learn how to make 5 shelters for woodland settings. This class will include discussion on the appropriate choice of one shelter versus another for the terrain, and discussion on how to build fires. Dress appropriately for weather, as this class takes place outdoors.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $105
         Non-members: $125
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students should dress for the weather as this class takes place outside.

Sessions:

1714-0926    This session has been cancelled
      Sat September 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Seasonal Attunement - An Herbal Primer

Margo Mullein

Come join in the dance of mother nature as she cycles through the seasons. When we turn to the plants for balance, wholeness and health we need to work with them at their peak. In this course we will fine tune our observation skills so that we can walk their walk and talk their talk to understand the language of the landscape. We'll start outdoors to create a "Medicine Wheel" from natural objects. This sustainable blueprint will become our teaching/contemplation tool as we take an in-depth look at each season and the life cycle of beneficial botanicals. We'll harvest plants from the wild and return to the course room for the hands-on portion of our class to make and take our own seasonally attuned herbal preparations. In Spring - we'll make Plant Infused Oils, Vinegars & Butters. During Summer - Make your own Bug Repellent, Bite Balm & Salad Dressings. For Fall - Exfoliating Scrubs for Face, and Body. In Winter - Breathe Deep Salve. This class is offered once per season for a complete study of the wheel and the life cycle of plants, but each class does stand on its own.

  • 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

Dress for the outdoors, as we will be spending time with nature. What we make during the first class will be woven into the herbal preparations for additional offerings. A seasonally inspired lunch will be prepared for you, so please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Sessions:

1597-0510 This offering has already met      Sat May 2, 2020 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1597-0725 This offering has already met      Sat July 18, 2020 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1597-0926    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 26, 2020 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1597-1219    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 19, 2020 10:00 am - 4:30 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:

1592-0419 This offering has already met      Sun April 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1592-1009    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 9, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm