Intro to Primitive Fire Making
The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation
150 Snake Den Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Contact: Anne Siebecker
Age recommendation: 10-12, 13 and up, 18 and up
Knowing how to make a fire - especially without matches - in any landscape and all conditions, is one of the greatest tools that humans can possess - and essential for anyone spending time in nature. Whether it's used to treat your water and cook your food, or warm your shelter and provide light to work by, the possibilities and uses of fire are endless. If you've ever spent a night camping without a fire, you'll surely feel the lack of its presence.
Once you start working with fire, and learning which plants produce good tinder, which trees produce good wood for friction fire, etc., your relationship with plants deepens. Working with fire expands your knowledge, your awareness and your ability for self-reliance.
In this program, you'll cover topics ranging from scouting a proper location, proper material collection, structure building, and fire safety. Participants will even have the opportunity to work with the bow drill fire-making method, as well as a few other primitive methods, including ferro rods, commonly referred to as flint and steel.
Open to ages 8+; under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.
In case of rain, snow or temperatures below freezing, the program will be rescheduled.
The cost is $40 per person. Register online.