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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

2014 SCHEDULE 

Always RSVP    via email, or call the office at (626) 791-3217or mobile (323) 605-7283

P.O. Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

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Please come to all outings with a canteen of   WATER,

a KNIFE (simple folder is OK),

and a BOWL (since we make a wild food salad at nearly every outing).

 

SPECIALS THROUGH END OF DECEMBER

Sign up in advance for any 3 classes, but pay in advance for only TWO!

 

 Also see Store for Current Specials...

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Learn how to collect natural fibres and make twine, rope, brushes, sandals, netting, & baskets. A wonderful skill! Location 3, Switzers Camp in the Angeles National Forest.

   

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

2014

 2014 MARKS THE 40th YEAR OF CLASSES!!!  (Gosh! Is that possible?!)

 

     

Thursday, Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD AND USEFUL PLANT WALK, $20..

This is a unique chaparral environment alongside the golf course, where the trail leads us to a riparian environment. We’ll see introduced plants, chaparral plants, and riparian plants. In this location, we should also see a few plants that are used for fibre and weaving. Location 6, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. See Thomas Guide pg. 565, E1.

  

Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. [note earlier start time]

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

Learn about the wild foods, medicinal herbs, and other useful plants that occur at higher elevations. We may also see some archaeological features. We’ll demonstrate one or two primitive fire-starting skills. We’ll be at Switzer’s Camp in the Angeles National Forest. Location 3. You will need a Forest Adventure Pass from the Forest Service.

  

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

URBAN SURVIVAL SKILLS, free public lecture.

Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Come and listen to Christopher Nyerges share some basics of urban preparedness and survival.

  

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

PREPAREDNESS AND SURVIVAL, free public lecture.

REI Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA Learn about basic urban preparedness, survival, uses of wild plants, with tie-in to traditional Native American skills.   

Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

PREPAREDNESS AND SURVIVAL, free public lecture..

REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Learn about basic urban preparedness, survival, wild foods, and tie-in to traditional Native American skills.

  

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.

SHELTER AND WILD FOOD, $20.

We’ll make at least two shelters in the forested area in this park, and learn about various emergency shelters that you can carry in your pack. Plus, learn what to do in your own backyard in the case of an earthquake. We will also explore for some wild foods that we’ll sample in a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.

PRIMITIVE TRAPPING & KNOT WORKSHOP, $20.

Led by Gary Gonzales, you will learn primitive trapping techniques, how to construct various deadfall traps, snares, and live bird traps. We will also cover some knots that can be very useful in many situations while camping, trapping, or in general survival situations. No animals will be harmed in this class. Bring a knife or small saw for cutting small branches. LOCATION: Orcas Park, northeast of Hansen Dam, in Lake View Terrace. From the 210 freeway, exit Osborne and go east on Foothill to Orcas Ave., then go south into the park. We’ll meet in the West parking area near the restrooms. [pg. 503, A2]

  

Thursday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-WEAVING AND FIRE WORKSHOP, $20.

Join us and learn how to make twine from natural fibre, and how to make nets. You’ll also get to practice making fire from the hand drill and bow-drill. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING WORKSHOP, $34.

We’ll first go on an exploratory walk to collect some of the in-season wild plants, and we’ll supplement that with previously collect wild foods. We’ll then go to the camp site and make a salad, a cactus dish, some soup, bread, etc. You’ll learn how to enhance your Thanksgiving meal with traditional wild foods. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park; entrance at Foothill and Oak Grove Dr. in Pasadena. Meet at southern end of the upper area. [pg. 535, E5].

  

Thursday, Nov. 27, THANKSGIVING DAY.

We hope you have a thoughtful, and meaningful day. If you’re looking for a traditional gathering, check www.wtinc.info, or call 323) 620-4720.

  

Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

We’ll learn about all of the important skills in this five-hour walkabout. We’ll see medicinal and edible wild plants, practice fire skills, tracking skills, rock tools, snares and deadfalls, weaving with natural materials, and more. Meet at Location 4 on the Angeles Crest Highway. From the 210 freeway, exit the Angeles Crest Highway and drive two miles into the forest (look at your odometer) until you see the turnout on your right.

  

Thursday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-TRAPPING WORKSHOP. $20.

Learn how to use deadfalls and their triggers by carving them yourself. Bring a knife. We’ll also construct a quail trap. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.

PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR & Wild Food Walk. $20.

Are you ready for the possibility of the next earthquake, the next blackout, the next stock market crash? Or are you simply a pragmatist who wants to be ready for anything? You’ll learn about how to produce and store food, store water, alternatives to electricity, things to store, toilet alternatives, and more. Do you need a “bug out bag,” and if so, what should you put in it? Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad, and if there has been sufficient rain, we’ll find mushrooms. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.

  

Thursday, Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.

MEDICINAL PLANT WALK, $20.

Join us as we explore a chaparral-riparian area, and learn about various plant uses. This is south of the Rose Bowl in the Arroyo Seco, near the Archery range. Location 8.   

  

Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY: TRAPPING CLASS AND WILD FOOD WALK, $34.

You’ll learn some of time-proven methods for taking animals passively (deadfalls, snares, box traps, etc.), as well as some of the very simple silent primitive weapons. We’ll do some practice, and then we’ll explore the area in search of whatever wild foods and mushrooms that might be growing. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, December 18, 11:30 a.m.

ORIENTEERING CLASS, $20.

Learn how to use a map and compass. We’ll cover the basics of orienteering, natural orientation, and do a few exercises. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass.

  

Saturday, Dec. 20, 10:00 a.m.

SURVIVAL KIT AND KNIFE SHOW & TELL, FREE.

Forget the crowded malls and busy freeways. Join like-minded folks and spend a relaxing Saturday by sharing what you carry in your survival kit, and show your knives. We’ll show some too! We’ll demonstrate a simple solar oven, and go on a short wild food walk. We’ll have books and other products too, in case you’re interested in some last minute gifts. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.

CHRISTMAS.

Yes, it’s that’s time again, when we celebrate this most unique and highly symbolic of all Holy Days. Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend the day? Check www.wtinc.info, or call 323 620-4720..

  

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Locations

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Location 1
Upper Arroyo. West end of Altadena Drive, Alt. 3 blocks west of Lincoln [pg. 535, F4].

Location 2
Hahamongna Watershed Park; entrance at Foothill and Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena. Meet at south end of the upper area (across from La Canada High School), near the outdoor bathrooms. One way to get here is to travel on the 210 Freeway westbound, and exit on Foothill in La Canada. Turn right (east) and take Foothill about a half-mile to its end, which is the entrance of the park.  Enter and drive south until you see the outdoor bathrooms (do not make the left hand turn which goes downhill). [pg. 535, E5].

Location 3
Switzer’s Camp, Angeles National Forest. From the 210 freeway in La Canada, drive up the Angeles Crest Highway 10 miles to Switzers. You will see the large sign on the Highway. Drive down the road and park in the parking lot. Meet near the bridge. NOTE: You will need a Forest Adventure Pass for this location. [pg. 505, H2]

Location 4
Angeles National Forest. From the Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill (or from the 210 freeway), drive 2 miles up the Angeles Crest Highway (above the large new houses) until you see the turnout on your right. You really need to look at your odometer for this one. [535, C1] .

Location 5
Millard Canyon, Altadena. Drive up to Loma Alta by going north on either Fair Oaks (from the east) or Lincoln Ave. (on the west). From Loma Alta in Altadena, go north on Chaney Trail all the way to the campground. [pg. 535, H2]

Location 6
Arroyo Seco, north of the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. Be sure to look at your map here, for more people seem to get lost finding this location than any other. The Rose Bowl is easy to find – and West is the north-south street on the west side of the Rose Bowl. You can simply drive north on West to the top of the T intersection, and park to your left in the dirt parking. Washington is the east-west street that dissects the golf course; so if you come from the east side of the golf course and the Rose Bowl, drive west on Washington until it ends in the T intersection, and then just drive forward into the dirt parking area. [pg. 565, E1].

Location 7
Cobb Estate, Extreme north end of Lake Ave., Altadena. Exit on Lake Avenue from the 210 freeway and head for the hills. [pg. 536, A3]

Location 8
Casting Ponds, Arroyo Seco.  Entrance to "Lower Arroyo Park" is from Arroyo Blvd, just west of Norwood Drive. Where the 210 meets the 134 freeway in Pasadena, go south on the short extension to the 110.  [If westbound on the 210, you take the 110 south; if eastbound on the 134, stay in the right lane and go south on the unfinished 210 south spur.] Go south on this short extension which ends at California Blvd. Turn right (west) on California, and travel to where it ends, at Arroyo Blvd. Turn right (north) on Arroyo Blvd. and look for the sign on your left for the Lower Arroyo Park. Drive down the road and park. [pg 565, F5].

Location 9
Orcas Park. NE of Hansen Dam, in Lake View Terrace. From the 210, exit Osborne and go east on Foothill to Orcas Ave., then go south into the park. We’ll meet in the southern-most parking area. [pg. 503, A2]

 

Reservations

There are several preferred ways to reserve a spot on an outing

Send us a note specifying for what date, and how many people, along with a check, to School of Self-reliance, Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041. If you mail it "late," just call us and let us know it is in the mail.

Call or email us and let us take a credit card for payment for the outing. Call the office at 626-791-3217. Or email to christopher_nyerges@yahoo.com. If no one is there when you call, just leave your name and number and message and we’ll get back to you.

You can also make a payment via paypal to Christopher_nyerges@yahoo.com. On the paypal comment section, be sure to note what date and class you are paying for, along with how many you're paying for, if more than one. We will get an email letting us know you’ve paid.


 

We will not turn you away if you didn’t do any of the above. We can accept cash or check (or even credit card) at the outing, and give you a receipt, if desired.  

ALSO, we are in constant need of Volunteers at our non-profit facility in Highland Park, doing things like raking, pruning, basic clean-up and gardening.  If you want to do some volunteer work at that site in exchange for coming to outings, just talk to Christopher and arrange it.


DON’T FORGET: You can give a Gift Certificate to a friend or family member to attend a class. Just ask.