Posted by: mariakopecky | October 5, 2012

Conserve School Students Create Survival Shelters

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This week in Field Instruction, Conserve School students spent the class period outside in the crisp autumn air collecting sticks, leaves, and bark and creating their very own wilderness forts.  The forts students created were model survival shelters that would be useful in an emergency wilderness situation.  Field Instruction Rebecca Deatsman began the lesson by going over the priorities of survival, which are shelter, water, fire, and food.  In some circumstances, shelter is the highest priority and the goal of this lesson was to improve students’ shelter building skills.   Students worked in teams to find a suitable location, gather materials, and construct a survival shelter large enough to hold all members of the team.  Logs, sticks, birch bark, and fallen leaves were used to build the shelter frame and fill in its cracks, creating what the students hoped would be a warm and dry hideout from the elements.  Buckets of water were poured over the competed shelters to test the students’ construction skills.  This shelter building lesson is part of a survival skills unit in Field Instruction.

– Graduate Fellow Maria Kopecky


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