The final day of class before break was a day of naturalist challenges. Both cohorts got together and worked in groups in a friendly competition to see who could earn the most points in each of the various challenges.
One challenge was the naturalist scavenger hunt, which included mapping a detailed map of the Alderleaf Property, and recording as many species of flora and fauna as possible... all within 1 hour of time!
Here, instructor apprentice Shaun helps students Ryan, Roy and Alan identify some of the more challenging plants.
The next challenge involved making a friction fire as quickly as possible, and making it hot enough and high enough to pop a suspended water balloon. The catch is that they could only use fire wood found in the forest during the challenge. It happened to be a very wet day, which made this especially difficult.
Here student Scott blows on a tinder bundle after placing a coal in it in hopes of getting a fire.
After a great deal of effort, and team work, here is what the moment of success looks like:
Here is Sean, a successful member from another group just after the balloon was popped.
The final day before break was a blast, and there was much fun and celebration. We look forward our Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program students returning from break.
Look for more updates from Alderleaf in the new year!