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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

2014 - 2015 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 - 2015

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

 

        

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.

     


Thursday, Dec. 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 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.      


Thursday, Dec. 25, 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.      


Saturday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.

WILD PLANT OUTING, $20.

The Christmas rush is over, and now you can enjoy the quietude of the higher elevations. We’ll go for a short walk, look at some unique archaeology, and learn about the wild foods, medicinal herbs, and other useful plants that occur at higher elevations. We’ll also 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.      


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

WALK IN TOWNSLEY CANYON, $20.

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.   


2015


Saturday, Jan. 3, 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, Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m.

MINI-FIRE WORKSHOP, and short Wild Food Outing, $20.

Join us for this lunch-time workshop 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 newly-revised “How to Survive Anywhere” book. We’ll also go on a short plant walk. Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park, upper area.      


Saturday, Jan. 10, 10 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. Because of recent rains, we expect that we’ll also find an assortment of wild mushrooms. Then, back at camp, we’ll make a salad and talk about plant identification, and demonstrate fire without matches if time. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Thursday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m.

WILD PLANT WALK, $20.

We’ll walk through the willows and explore this mix of riparian and chaparral plant life, and learn some of the uses of the plants for food, medicine, soap, fire, weaving, etc. Meet at Orcas Park 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]      


Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.

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

You’ll learn some of time-proven methods for taking animals passively, such as deadfalls, snares, box traps, etc. You’ll learn by making the triggers and setting them up. We’ll also show and discuss 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.      


Thursday, Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

Join us as we explore a chaparral-riparian area, and learn about various plant uses. We’ll see typical riparian plants such as willow, watercress, dock, cattail, and much more. This is south of the Rose Bowl in the Arroyo Seco, near the Archery range. Location 8.      


Friday, Jan 23, 7 p.m.

5 WEEK SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS AT PASADENA CITY COLLEGE.

Begins Friday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Class topics include: Wild plants for food and medicine, food and food storage, water purification, water storage, making fire without matches, clothing, shelter, weaving, tools and weapons, and more. For registration and cost, call (626) 585-7608.      


Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 to 4 p.m.

MEET THE AUTHORS –

A Sierra Madre event at 154 West Sierra Madre Blvd., featuring local authors whose works relate in some way to the local mountains. Besides Christopher Nyerges, other authors include John Robinson, Elizabeth Pomeroy, Michele Zack, Nat Read, Glen Owens, Willis Osborne, and others. Each will have copies of their books for sale. Please join us!      


Thursday, Jan. 29, 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, Jan. 31, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $34.

Learn the basics of how to make a regular self-bow (one piece of wood), from start to (hopefully) finish. Bring a small axe and a knife, and files and clamps if you have any. You’ll learn how to select wood, how to tiller, and how to carefully do the reduction bit by bit. We may collect wild food and make a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

     


Thursday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.

KNIFE AND TOOL CLASS & Wild Food Outing, $20.

Bring your own pack or kit, and knives, for discussion. We’ll review the basic types of knives, how to select a good one, and key items to always carry in a “survival pack.” Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, Feb. 7. 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING. $20.

We’ll walk into the Upper Arroyo and learn about wild foods and wild herbs, both native and introduced. We’ll see riparian plants, chaparral, and introduced exotics. We’ll do some taste-testing of edibles along the way. Will also discuss some parts of Christopher’s book, “Foraging California,” and the latest edition of “How to Survive Anywhere.” Location 1. Meet at the extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.      


Thursday, Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m.

SHELTER WORKSHOP (& 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. We will also explore for some wild foods that we’ll sample in a salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2      


Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

ARROW-MAKING CLASS and Wild Food Outing. $25.

Making a good, functional arrow requires special attention to many details. We’ll work some shafts, glue or tie on feathers, and secure ready-made points or points you make. We’ll also have some modern arrow-making gear. Bring a knife. Then we’ll collect wild food salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Thursday, Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than by coming and learning about the wild plants in our local foothills. Casting Ponds, Lower Arroyo, Location 8. Join us as we explore a chaparral-riparian area, and learn about various plant uses. We’ll make a salad. This is south of the Rose Bowl in the Arroyo Seco, near the Archery range. Those of you who wish can bring your bow and practice at the archery range before or after our outing. We’ll meet in the parking area for the archery range.      


Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20.

We’ll walk into the Upper Arroyo and learn about wild foods and wild herbs, both native and introduced. We’ll see riparian plants, chaparral, and introduced exotics. We’ll do some taste-testing of edibles along the way. Location 1. Meet at the extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.      


Saturday, Feb. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.

ETHNOBOTANY WORKSHOP, $20

Explore the relationship between people and plants with naturalist Christopher Nyerges. You will see and taste various wild edible plants from Southern California, and learn related survival skills. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Register on-line at nhm.org/workshops; educate@nhm.org, or (213) 763-3499.      


Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.

ORIENTEERING & NAVIGATION 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, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $51.

We’ll be in the Hahamongna Watershed Park in the Upper Arroyo, a mix of riparian, chaparral, and introduced plants. We’ll learn all the basics, including simple weaponry, wild plants, weaving, primitive fire, shelter, etc. Location 2.      


Thursday, March 5, 11:30 a.m.

Lunchtime ACORN PROCESSING WORKSHOP, $20.

Learn the entire procedure for taking raw acorns and turning them into something delicious. You’ll shell them, grind them, and leach them, and we’ll do two different methods of leaching. Then we’ll cook some biscuits, and serve a wild food salad. So. Calif. Indians subsisted on these valuable acorns, and we shouldn’t let them rot anymore! Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.      


Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.

FIRE WORKSHOP. $25.

Fire is a fundamental skill that everyone should master. We’ll practice the bow drill, hand drill, plow, pump drill, batteries, flint and steel, reflectors, and others. There will also be a short walk where you can collect some fire components, and we’ll collect a wild salad. Pasadena, 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.