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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 OCTOBER

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

 

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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?!)

 

Wednesday, March 5, noon

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. Location 1.  Meet at the extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.

 

Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.

LEATHER WORKSHOP & WILD FOOD OUTING, $25. You’ll see the details of how a leather bag pattern is made, how it’s cut, and stitched, and finished. You’ll see what tools are involved, and you’ll get to try it yourself.  Then, we’ll go on a wild food and wild plant walk and see what we can collect for lunch.Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2. 

 

Wednesday, March 12,  noon

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20. Bailey Park, Sierra Madre. Learn about local native plants and some introduced exotics as we walk in Sierra Madre’s Bailey Canyon. Meet in the parking lot at Bailey Canyon Park. From the 210 Freeway in Arcadia, go north on Michillinda to Grand View in Sierra Madre. Turn right (east) on Grand View, then go left (north) on Lima St. one long block to Carter, where you turn left (west). You will see the park entrance on your right. Thomas Guide pg 566, J1.

 

Saturday, March 15, 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, shelter, 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. 

 

Wednesday, March 19, noon.

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. A very “real” discussion about what you need to know, with lots of room for questions.  Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.

 

Saturday, March 22, 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

 

Wednesday, March 26, Noon CANCELLED

MINI-TRAPPING WORKSHOP,  $20.

In this afternoon class, you’ll learn some of the most basic of trapping methods, including snares, quail traps, and deadfalls. If time, we’ll study some of the local wild foods. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.

URBAN & WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS, free lecture.

This is a monthly Sierra Club meeting at Eaton Canyon where Christopher will talk about how survival is what you know,  not what you have, and show his new book. Nyerges will discuss wild plants, trapping, water purification, fire-skills, and more. Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena 91107.

 

Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 4  p.m.

Chapman University celebrates Huell Howser.  Chapman’s event is called “That’s Amazing,” 30 years of Huell Howser and “California’s Gold.”   There will be a free exhibit about Howser,   located in the Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University.  A Documentary screening called The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser will air at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Cost for the screening  is $12 on-line in advance, $15 at the door, and AAA members $10.

Location: Chapman University, Waltmar Theater Outdoor Patio, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866.  Christopher Nyerges will be present (he appeared in a 2000 show with Howser, “survival foods”), to show some wild foods, and have copies of his various books available.

Wednesday, April 2, noon

MINI-WEAVING WORKSHOP, $20. In this afternoon workshop, you’ll learn how to work with yucca, make twine, make a brush, make a net. If time, we’ll collect a few wild foods for a pre-dinner wild salad snack. We’ll meet in the upper Arroyo, Location 1, at the extreme west end of Altadena Drive in Altadena.

Saturday, April 5, 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.  Learn how to enhance your meals with 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]. 

 

Wednesday, April 9, noon

MINI-FIRE WORKSHOP, $20. In this afternoon workshop, you’ll learn how to make fire with the bow and drill, hand drill, flint and steel, and magnesium. Then, we’ll go on a walk and collect a few wild foods for a pre-dinner wild salad snack. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

 

Friday, April 11, 7 p.m. 

Five-week URBAN Survival Skills, Pasadena City College. Call (626) 585-7608 for information and registration. Class topics include uses of wild plants, ways to make Fire (without matches), water (finding, storing, purifying), shelter in emergencies, tools and weapons, etc.  Taught by Christopher Nyerges.

 

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.

WEAVING WORKSHOP, $25. Learn how to work with natural plant fibres and create twine and rope, brushes, baskets, and nets. A unique class where you collect the materials and learn by doing. Location is Switzers Camp in the Angeles National Forest.  We’ll be at Switzer’s Camp in the Angeles National Forest.  Location 3.  You will need to purchase a Forest Adventure Pass from the Forest Service.

 

Wednesday, April 16, noon

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.

 

Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING, and survival kit. $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 the contents of a simple survival kit.  Location 1. Meet at the extreme west end of Altadena Drive, Altadena, 3 blocks west of Lincoln.

 

Saturday, April 26, 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. A very “real” discussion about what you need to know, with lots of room for questions.  Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.

 

Saturday, May 3.

Christopher will be conducting a wild food walk at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. Reservations are required. Call 805) 370-2302, or email samo@wnpa.org.

  

Wednesday, May 7, noon

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 also see introduced 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, May 10, 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.

  

Wednesday, May 14, noon

Water Issues, and Wild Food Outing. $20.  We’ll begin by discussing how to store water for emergencies, various ways to purify water, and how to find it in the wilderness, including a solar still. During our walk, we’ll set up a transpiration bag.  We’ll explore around and see what wild foods we find.  Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING and KNIFE/TOOL Lesson, $20.  We’ll begin with a discussion  of knives (both modern and primitive knives (and related tools), and how to choose a good camp knife. Please bring your knife for show-and-tell. We’ll also look at SIMPLE survival kits/packs, so if you have one, bring it for show-and-tell.  (Let’s keep this simple – no need to bring the 100 lb. Ultimate survival pack…).  Then we’ll explore the park in search of wild food, and make a 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].

  

DIRTTIME 2014 --Week of May 18.

Go to www.Dirttime.com for details.

  

Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD AND USEFUL PLANTS OUTING, $25.   We’ll learn  about a variety of useful plants on this walk --edible and medicinal wild plants, soap and fibre plants, plants used for fire, etc.  We’ll practice twining, and making fire in the campground. Meet at Location 4 on the Angeles Crest Hwy.  From the 210 freeway, exit the Angeles Crest Hwy and drive two miles north  (look at your odometer) until you see the turnout on your right. 

  

Wednesday, May 28, noon

WILD FOOD OUTING, $20. We’ll explore the Cobb Estate with native chaparral plants, introduced fruit trees, and ornamentals.  Meet at the Cobb Estate, at the extreme north  end of Lake Avenue in Altadena. [pg. 536, A3].  Exit the 210 Fwy at Lake, and drive north to the very top.  Meet at the wrought iron gate at the entrance to the park. 

  

aturday, May 31, 10 a.m.

LEATHER WORKSHOP & WILD FOOD OUTING, $30.  You’ll see the details of how to make a knife sheath, and you’ll get to make one yourself. You’ll see what tools are involved, how to make a pattern, how to stitch the leather, etc.  Bring your own knife.  Then, we’ll go on a wild food and wild plant walk and see what we can collect for lunch. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Wednesday, June 4, noon

SOLAR OVEN DEMONSTRATION AND WILD FOOD OUTING. $20.  We’ll show how a low-cost solar cooker is made so you could actually make one from scraps if you ever had to in an emergency.  It’s remarkably simple!  We’ll then go on a short walk to explore the area for in-season wild foods.  Bring a bowl!  Location 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park.

  

Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.

WILD FOODS AND WEAPONRY WORKSHOP, $20. We’ll take a short walk and learn about the native and introduced flora. We’ll learn about some of the very simple trapping systems, such as snares, and the construction of the quail trap from scratch.  Bring your knife.  Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Wednesday, June 11, noon.

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. A very “real” discussion about what you need to know, with lots of room for questions.  Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.

  

Saturday, June 14, 12:30 p.m.

ACORN PROCESSING WORKSHOP, $25.  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 on the ground anymore!  Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Wednesday, June 18, noon

WILD FOOD & SHELTER WORKSHOP,  $25.  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, June 21, 10 a.m. to 12:30

USEFUL PLANTS WALK, $20

We’ll walk into the Upper Arroyo where there is a mix of introduced plants, riparian plants, and native chaparral. We’ll explore their edible, medicinal, and other uses.  Meet at Location 1, west end of Altadena Drive.

  

Wednesday, June 25, noon to 4 p.m.

SURVIVAL SKILLS INTENSIVE, $34.  In our 4-hour walkabout, we’ll learn about water extraction and purification, setting traps, weaving with natural fibres, making soap, shelters, making fire without matches, and wild foods. Bring a knife and bowl, and water. Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

  

Saturday, June 28, 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.  Location 1, the Upper Arroyo Seco.  

Saturday, July 5, 10 a.m.

SURVIVAL KIT AND KNIFE SHOW&TELL, FREE.

Celebrate Independence Day with us 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. Remember, national independence is rooted in personal self-reliance. Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park, Location 2.

Saturday, July 12, 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. A very “real” discussion about what you need to know, with lots of room for questions. Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.

Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.

URVIVAL 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. Location 1, the Upper Arroyo Seco.

Saturday, September 16, 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. A very “real” discussion about what you need to know, with lots of room for questions. Then we’ll go on a wild food walk and collect salad. 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.