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SCHOOL OF SELF-RELIANCE

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.

   

 

  

 

     

 

 

 

 

2015

 2015 MARKS THE 41st YEAR OF CLASSES!!!  (Gosh! Is that possible?!)

 

        


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, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING –

Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to Noon. $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, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. 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      


PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE

Saturday, Feb. 14, 11 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.

CANCELLED

ETHNOBOTANY WORKSHOP, $20

CANCELLED

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.

SPRING WILD EDIBLES PLANT WALK and Book Signing.

Christopher will talk about the common edible and medicinal plants of spring, and will take you on a walk at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. You will be able to get signed copies of “California Foraging,” “Guide to Wild Foods,” and other books by Christopher. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 805) 370-2302, or email samo@wnpa.org.

     

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.      


Thursday, March 12, 11:30.

WATER WORKSHOP and walk, $20.

At this lunchtime workshop, we’ll learn how to collect rain water, store water, and purify water. We’ll also go into the field and learn how to set up a transpiration bag to collect water from trees. Along the way, we’ll learn about some wild plants. Location 2.      


Saturday, March 14, 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 19, 11:30 a.m.

Lunchtime MINI-PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR $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? We’ll cover the basics of food production and storage, water storage, 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. Hahamongna Watershed Park. Location 2.      


Friday, March 20, 7 p.m.

5 WEEK SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS AT PASADENA CITY COLLEGE, begins Friday, March 20, 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, March 21, 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 every 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, March 26, 11:30 a.m.

WILD FOOD OUTING. $20.

We’ll walk along a foothill stream learning how to identify common wild edibles and medicinal herbs. Bring your bowl for a salad! Altadena, Location 1. (Meet at the west end of Altadena Drive in Altadena)      


Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.

DESERT SURVIVAL SKILLS, $34.

We'll focus on desert survival skills, such as dealing with the heat, plant ID, fire-making, finding water with transpiration bag and solar still, shelter, and more. 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].      


Thursday, April 2, 11:30 a.m.

WILD PLANT WALK,with focus on Medicinal Plants. $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.      


Saturday, April 4, 9:30 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. 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, April 11, 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, April 18, 10 a.m.

BOW-MAKING CLASS, $51.

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.      


Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.

WILD FOOD AND FIRE WORKSHOP, $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 also practice making fire in the campground with at least 3 of the old methods. 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.      

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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.