Over the past two weeks, Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program students have engaged in all kinds of learning adventures. First of all they had a challenging day of advanced fire making, which involved creating bow-drill friction fire kits from wild harvested materials.
Here (from left to right) Danny S., Mellisa L., Georgie L. and Jackie W. team up to get a coal.
Here, Alderleaf instructor Dave Scott demonstrates the use of a challenging friction fire technique called the "fire plow." It requires a lot of pressure and fairly dry conditions, and so are generally preferred in dry parts of the country.
For the next 2 days, the Alderleaf students had their first experience mentoring the youth students at OWLE camp.
Alderleaf Student Miles helps an OWLE camp student create a tule mat.
Here an OWLE student demonstrates a creative use for a pine-needle basket.