Wilderness Awareness Workshops

It was a beautiful day and we are grateful for all of the teachers who came out to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with us!
Thank you Shelly Mead & Raz Allen for sharing these great photos from Wilderness Awareness Workshops 2015.
We look forward to the next workshops at Big Oak Canyon in 2017!

Opening Circle  
Youngest workshop goer at 4 weeks old cuddled by her big brother and Mom  photo by Raz Allen  Photo by Shelly Mead  12185395_10208087736974211_8859070293928213289_o  12194847_10208087736334195_7642131654289313638_o  12195127_10208087737054213_1898274558796269165_o  IMG_5506
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Check back in 2016 for details for our next Wilderness Awareness Workshops at Big Oak Canyon!


November 7, 2015
9:00am – 4:00pm
Workshop Schedule

Join us for a variety of skill building workshops for adults and kids of all ages. This is the first event of it’s kind at Big Oak Canyon… don’t miss it!

Check out this line up of inspirational, educational fun!
KIDS CAMP: Deanna Moore, Jodi Levine-Wright, Nikki Hieb & Stacey Anderson
Quickie Bows & Arrows

Cordage Making with Plant Fibers
Acorn Harvest & Storytelling

California Wild Plant Medicine
– Julie James
Buckskin Mocassin Making
– Alan Kaufmann

Art of Storytelling – Stacey Anderson
Bird Language & Tour of Big Oak Canyon – Daniel Francis
Wild Water Walk –  Brook Sarson


Kids Camp
Deanna Moore, Jodi Levine-Wright and Nikki Hieb
Quickie Bow & Arrow Making,
Make a Bow and Arrow set to take home using all plant materials. These are called “quickie” bows because they do not require carving with knives. Children will learn techniques for shooting safely and at the end of the day we will open the archery field for practicing with our new tools.
Cordage Making 
Learn the art of making cordage with locally harvested yucca and other plant fibers. This is a basic survival skill and a building block for your future endeavors making bows, fishing nets, sandals, bridges, shelters and more!

Art of Storytelling
Stacey Anderson
This workshop for adults will help you keep your audience engaged by sharing a few tools to put into your storytelling toolbox.

Buckskin Moccasins
Alan Kaufman

Pre-Registration Required, only 7 spaces available for this workshop.
Moccasins are the quintessential footwear of the true outdoors person. They allow you to feel the ground with your feet so that you can move quietly through the woodland environment while increasing your connection with nature.  Braintan buckskin is the original (and best) material for the construction of moccasins, as it is soft, tough, breathable, durable and stretches to conform to your foot (its smoky aroma also helps mask your scent!)

In this class, we will use a simple modern pattern to create custom fitting moccasins out of brain-tanned buckskin for each participant.  We will talk about how brain-tanned buckskin is made, create a pattern for each foot, cut out uppers and lowers, and stitch at least one moccasin of each pair together (if you don’t finish the other one you can finish it at home).  We will also learn and practice fox-walking, a better way to walk through the woods that requires being barefoot or shod in moccasins to do properly.

The materials fee for this class is $60 per person 12 and up and $45 per child ages 7-11. Children 7-11 must be with an adult working on one pair together. To enroll without an adult, children must be 12 years and older.

California Wild Plant Medicine
Julie James

This is a basic native plant medicine-making class for all age kids and adults that will include a plant walk, plant propagation and making medicine with plants. This will be a relaxing way to learn plant identification and get your hands into the soil. We will make an infused honey that can be used internally or applied externally for wound healing. These concepts can be applied widely with infused oils, poultices and vinegars back at home. Find more of Julie James classes at Green Herbal Wisdom Studies.

Bird Language
Tour of Big Oak Canyon
Daniel Francis
Discover the patterns of animal behavior and communication by tuning into the birds. Found in every park, neighborhood and wilderness area, bird are an easy species to find and learn from. Their calls and movements are used to protect themselves and others and once identified, allow us to unlock secrets about the animal world that once seemed unimaginable.

Wild Water Walk
Brook Sarson
Join Brook of H20-me for a wander through Big Oak Canyon following the path of water. Her insights will help you discover how water flow transforms landscapes and how transforming landscapes can increase water holding capacity in your yard, property or grey water mulch basin.


Register by mail Send check and one Enrollment Form per family and one Medical Release Form per person to Earthroots PO Box 504 Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Register by email Send payment via Paypal to payments@earthrootsfieldschool.org  Scan and email Enrollment Form & Medical Release Forms to info@earthrootsfieldschool.org. Please bring hard copies to class.

Entrance Fee
$40/adult, $30/child 3-17, Under 3 Free
All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Materials Fee
This is in addition to the Entrance Fee and must be paid in full to hold your space in the workshop:
Buckskin Moccasins: $60/ages 12 and up, $45/child ages 7-11
No materials fee for the other workshops

There is no onsite event parking at Big Oak Canyon. All vehicles must park at a nearby parking lot and a designated shuttle will pick you up at 8:30 and 8:50 am to bring you to Big Oak Canyon. All participants must register for directions. Returning shuttle will run every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 am.