Outdoor Skills: Fire-Building Workshop

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle

Course Details
$20 6 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Sep 21, 9:30am - 11:30am

Lisle, Suburbs
4100 Illinois Rte 53
At Ginkgo Wy
Lisle, Illinois 60532
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Ron Nosek

What you'll learn in this nature class:

Get the skills you need to build a “sure-fire” campfire in this hands-on workshop. In addition to instruction on proper materials and construction techniques, it will also cover a number of ways to start a fire using tools ranging in skill level from a primitive bow-drill to a flint and steel to a BIC lighter.

For millennia, fire has been an elemental survival tool of the human species.  Unfortunately, in modern times most of us have lost our connection with this essential skill.  A campfire can keep us warm, cook our food, make a dark night bright, or signal for help if necessary.  But most often it simply provides a sense of security in a wilderness setting and serves as an invitation for friends and family to gather.

Come out and...

  • Learn the materials and construction techniques that lead to  a successful fire
  • Get a variety of fire-starting tips and tricks
  • Gain a respect for fire as a gift
  • Understand fire safety to protect yourself--and your surroundings
  • Watch a demonstration with the primitive fire-starting tool called a bow-drill
  • Build and start your own fire using a flint and steel
  • Enjoy the fruits of your efforts by roasting marshmallows and chatting with the instructor after class.  
  • Supplies for S’mores will be provided!

NotesHeld outdoors. Dress for the weather. Bring water, some note-taking material, and snacks if you like to nibble. Be prepared to kneel on the ground for an extended period and walk on uneven surfaces.

School Notes: The registrars office is the one who confirms registrations ([email protected]). They respond to emails Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4pm. If a student registers through Coursehorse on Friday evening for a Saturday class, we will not have a way to confirm them.

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Refund Policy
Refund requests must be submitted to the registrar by email ([email protected]) or by phone (630-719-2468) one full business day prior to the program start date. If the registration fee is $25.00 or more, the registration fee will be refunded less a 10 percent processing charge. If the registration fee is less than $25.00, the registration fee will be refunded in full. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable within 24 hours the program’s start date. The Morton Arboretum cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations. Students will be issued a full refund in the event that The Morton Arboretum cancels a class for any reason.


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9:30am - 11:30am Ron Nosek 1 $20

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