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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

2016 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 2015

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.

   

 

  

 

     

 

 

 

 

2016

 2016 MARKS THE 42nd YEAR OF CLASSES!!!  (Gosh! Is that possible?!)

 

        


           


           




Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51

We’ll be in the Angeles Forest in the Upper Arroyo, a mix of riparian, chaparral, and higher-elevation plants. We’ll have a lot of hands-on as we travel up the canyon, seeing edible and medicinal plants, learning how fire was made before the day of matches, learning how to weave fabric from plants, shelter, water purification, slings and snares, etc. We will show how to find suitable wood for archery bows, and much more. Location 1, the Upper Arroyo Seco.      



     

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

ACORN WORKSHOP, $20.

You’ll process the whole acorn through the whole process, and you’ll try some acorn pancakes when we’re done. This means participants will shell, grind, and leach the acorns, and then make a pancake batter. A great mid-day activity. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Saturday, February 6, 10 a.m.

SHELTER and Wild Food WORKSHOP, $25.

We’ll make a shelter 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. In Location 9, Orcas Park, in the Big Tujunga Wash, northeast of Hansen Dam, in Lake View Terrace. From the 210, exit Osborne and go east to Orcas Ave. and enter the park. We’ll meet in the southern-most parking area. [pg. 503, A2].      


     

Sunday, February 7, 12:30 p.m.

WILD PLANT USES WALK, $20.

You’ll learn the identity and uses of the common native and introduced wild plants found in the Arroyo Seco. The walk will be into the upper Arroyo Seco, along a mixed riparian and chaparral corridor. Meet at the west end of Altadena Drive in Altadena, Location 1.      



Monday, February 8.

CHINESE NEW YEAR --Gung Hei Fat Choy!.

     

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

PLANT ID WALK, $20.

Learn to identify and use some common chaparral and riparian plants in a unique “urban wilderness” location. Plus, bring your salad bowl because we’ll try to make a wild salad. Location 6. Arroyo Seco, north of the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. [pg. 565, E1]      

     

Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m.

WILD PLANT OUTING, $20.

We’ll explore TOWSLEY CANYON. Going north on the 5 freeway to Santa Clarita, exit on Calgrove, go under the freeway so you are on the west side of the 5. This is Thomas Guide page 4640, E3 and E4. Drive south on The Old Road and you’ll see the sign for Townsley Canyon. We’ll meet right at the entrance and then we’ll drive in a short distance to the dirt parking lot on the right. We’ll then walk into the canyon and explore the plants, geology, and history of this old Tataviam site.      

Thursday, February 18, 11:30 a.m.

SURVIVAL PREPAREDNESS, $25.

Learn about the essentials of survival planning for city, or wilderness. We’ll discuss some of the basic necessary skills, as well as the tools necessary for survival (at home, and survival kits for emergencies). We’ll also go on a short walk to collect a wild food salad. Location 2.


     

Saturday, February 20, 11 a.m.

NOTE LATER SATURDAY START TIME

WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $34.

We’ll focus on simple weapons, both primitive and modern, including snares, deadfalls, nets, slings, atlatl, and possibly the crossbow. Bring a knife, since you will be making some of the tools. A short plant walk will follow. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Sunday, Februrary 21, 1 p.m.

MEDICINE PLANT WALK, $20.

We’ll explore a chaparral and riparian environment, in search of medicinal plants. We’ll also see common introduced plants, and edibles. If possible, we’ll collect some common wild edible and prepare a simple salad, so don’t forget your bowl. Meet at the west end of Altadena Drive in Altadena, Location 1.      

Thursday, February 25, 11:30 a.m.

SHELTER WORKSHOP (& wild food), $20.

We’ll make a shelter in the forested area in this park, and learn about various emergency shelters that you can carry in your pack. We will also explore for some wild foods that we’ll sample in a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2      
     

     

Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.

FIRE WORKSHOP, $25.

Learn to make fire from bow and drill, hand drill, magnesium, flint and steel, batteries, the sun, etc. You’ll have plenty of hands-on practice, so you will learn by doing, not watching. (If time, we’ll go for a short walk and collect a salad.) Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m.

URBAN SURVIVAL SKILLS, Free Lecture

Christopher will share a free public lecture at the Walnut Public Library,covering food, food and water storage, tools and weapons, things to carry, relevant Native American skills, and more. Come and bring the family! The library is located at 21155 La Puente Rd., Walnut, CA 91789, (909) 595-0757. [http://www.colapublib.org/libs/walnut/index.php]      

Thursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD WALK, $20.

Join us as we explore a chaparral-riparian area, and learn about various plant uses. There are also many introduced plants in this area. This is south of the Rose Bowl in the Arroyo Seco, near the Archery range. We will meet in the parking area near the Casting Ponds, and then walk north from the Archery Range, and under the “Suicide Bridge,” looking at the unique ecosystems of the Arroyo Seco, and hopefully collecting enough wild greens for a salad. Location 8.      

Thursday, March 10, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD & MUSHROOM walk, $20.

First, we’ll go on a walk-about walk in this mixed riparian, chaparral, and introduced flora environment, and learn about edible, medicinal, poisonous, and useful plants, plants that were used by the local Native Americans for generations. We will also look for any mushrooms that have popped up. Then, back at camp, we’ll make a salad and talk about plant identification. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

We’ll walk up the Arroyo Seco learning about the uses of the wild plants, and take special note of plants used for weaving. You’ll learn how to work with fibre plants, and make a wild food salad. Location 1. Meet at the extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.      

Sunday, March 13

SIERRA MADRE WISTARIA FESTIVAL

     


     

Thursday, March 17, 11:30

ORIENTEERING CLASS. $20.

Learn how to use a map and compass. We’ll cover the basics of orienteering, and do a few practice exercises with map and compass. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2. Bring a compass, and bring a notebook too!      

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY WORKSHOP. $34.

We’ll focus on how to make simple weapons, both primitive and modern, including snares, deadfalls and trigger mechanisms, nets, slings, atlatls and more. You will learn by doing. Bring your knife. We’ll also have a short plant walk for the last hour. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m.

EATON CANYON TALK, free

Christopher will be giving a talk to the Sierra Club meeting about his latest book on wild foods. [Check local Sierra Club web site for details]      

Thursday, March 24, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $20.

In this afternoon class, you’ll learn about simple snares, deadfalls, triggers, the quail trap, and then we’ll go on a short walk to look at suitable woods for traps, and collect a wild food salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.      

Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD COOKING WORKSHOP, $25

First, we’ll do a short walk and collect a variety of in-season wild foods. Then we’ll make stew, salad, biscuits, cactus dish, etc., from items we collect, and previously-collected foods. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Thursday, March 31, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-FIRE WORKSHOP, $20.

In this lunchtime workshop, you’ll learn the basic principles for making a fire when you have no Bic or matches. You’ll get to do hands-on with several methods, including bow and drill, and the hand-drill. You’ll also see what woods to use in the wild. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


     

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $44.

We’ll cover some of the basics of primitive weaponry, and will then show how to make a self-bow (one piece of wood). Bring knife. We’ll bring supplies for everyone, but you need to RSVP in advance for this one. If time, we will collect wild food and make a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Sunday, April 3, 12:30 p.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

Join us for a walk in this park as we explore what wild foods are in season. We’ll do some collecting, and will make a wild food salad. 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, April 7, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING,. $20.

We will walk through a chaparral environment, and into a riparian zone, examining the mostly native plants. Meet at the intersection of Ventura and Windsor in Altadena. From the Windsor exit of the 210 freeway, drive north on Windsor until Ventura, where you will have to carefully park in the parking area on the west side of the street, overlooking the Arroyo Seco.      

Friday, April 8, 7 p.m.

Five-week SURVIVAL SKILLS class with URBAN focus. Pasadena City College.

Call (626) 585-7608 for information and registration. Class topics include uses of wild plants for food and medicine, Storing food and water, purifying and finding water, What to do when the power goes out, shelter in the backyard, tools and weapons, etc. Other urban application will be discussed where appropriate. Taught by Christopher Nyerges.      





     

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

We’ll be in the Angeles Forest in the Upper Arroyo, a mix of riparian, chaparral, and higher-elevation plants. We’ll have a lot of hands-on as we travel up the canyon, seeing edible and medicinal plants, learning how fire was made before the day of matches, learning how to weave fabric from plants, shelter, water purification, slings and snares, etc. We will show how to find suitable wood for archery bows, and much more. Location 1, the Upper Arroyo Seco.      

Thursday, April 14, 11:30 a.m.

Mini-FIRE WORKSHOP, $20

Join us where we learn how to make fire with 4 very basic techniques (magnesium, flint and steel, bow-drill, hand drill). You’ll also learn the 4 basic principles by which fire is made, as per Christopher’s “How to Survive Anywhere” book. We’ll also go on a short plant walk. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park, upper area.
     

     

Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.

WEAPONRY WORKSHOP. $34.

We’ll focus on how to make simple weapons, both primitive and modern, including snares, deadfalls and trigger mechanisms, nets, slings, atlatls and more. Bring your knife. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


     

Thursday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.

MEDICINAL PLANT ID WALK, $20.

Learn to identify some common chaparral and riparian plants in a unique “urban wilderness” location. We’ll discuss their medicinal and edible properties. Plus, bring your salad bowl because we’ll try to make a wild salad. Location 6. Arroyo Seco, north of the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Meet at the SW corner of Washington and West. [pg. 565, E1]      

Friday, April 22, EARTH DAY

     

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20

Join us on a short walk where you will learn how to identify some of the common wild foods and wild medicines of the area. We will gather some samples, and then prepare a wild food salad, so bring your bowl. Also, we will take time to review the characteristics of some botanical Families that are worth getting to know because so many of their members are food or medicine. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Sunday, April 24, 12:30 p.m.

INTRODUCTION TO ORIENTEERING, $20.

You will learn how to read a map and use it by itself; you will learn how to use a compass, by itself; and you will learn to use the two together. A few field exercises will be included. Bring a compass if you have one, and you should bring your notebook to this one. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      

Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.

Lunchtime CRAFT session, $20.

We will cover several bushcraft skills, including making a quiver, a quail trap, and a simple mugwort bag (hopefully, everyone will take a bag home). Though we have extra tools, bring scissors and/or your knife to this one. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


     
     


     

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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.