Shelters in West Virginia: September 8, 2011

The Charleston Gazette: September 8, 2011

South Charleston environmental consultant Ann Schoolcraft erected this survival shelter using a thick layer of leaves and other forest debris.
By Rick Steelhammer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What do you do if you find yourself lost in the woods, or stranded by a flash flood or heavy snow, as nightfall or severe weather closes in?

 If you're Ann Schoolcraft, you start looking around for a suitable campsite and the materials needed to construct an emergency debris shelter.

"Hypothermia can set in even if it's fairly warm outside -- 53 degrees or below," said Schoolcraft. "You can build a shelter that will keep you dry and reasonably warm using just your hands and materials like sticks and leaves that are already on the ground."

Connected to Nature: June 11, 2011

Coyote Trails summer program teaches kids outdoor skills and art...

Bryn Scott, 8, of Ashland, gets her hands dirty while participating in an art project at Coyote Trails (photo by Jamie Lusch)

July 11, 2011
Mail Tribune

The Coyote Trails School of Nature summer program in Ashland wrapped up two day camps last week, both aimed at teaching young people survival skills, nature art and an appreciation for the great outdoors.

A Little Foxes program aimed at children ages 6 and younger and an Earth Art program aimed at those ages 7 and older were held just outside of Ashland along Dead Indian Memorial Road. Coyote Trails also runs a variety of more intense camps designed for adults with different skill sets throughout the summer.

Camp Director Joe Kreuzman said that the week's programs combined nature observation and nature art while helping kids get in touch with some long-forgotten abilities.

Philanthropy and Women

Coyote Trails to host : Philanthropy and women topic of Tower event

Women and philanthropy will be the subject of Kathy LeMay's presentation Tuesday at the Tower Theatre.

The 7 p.m. event will include an address from LeMay, who is nationally recognized as an expert on women and philanthropy. She leads Raising Change, a nonprofit organization that helps groups and individuals with social change agendas, including fundraising and volunteerism.

LeMay is in Bend at the invitation of Molly and Joe Kreuzman, co-directors of Coyote Trails School of Nature.

Tuesday's event will also be a showcase for 30 local nonprofit groups. Participants can get involved and learn about ways they can help local organizations. Contact: 541-482-0513.

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Adventure Club takes retreat: Students learn about selves, while learning about nature

Photo By Tim Norman/ThisWeek

Westerville resident Amanda Phillips, 8, gets help holding a tinder bundle from her aunt, New Albany resident Sandy Willmore. A middle school science teacher, Willmore encourages Philllips to blow to make the hot embers ignite during a Coyote Tracks West program at the Overbrook Jon Beltz Retreat Center April 8. Members of the NAMS Adventure Club and others from Ohio scout troops learned survival skills, including how to start a fire with a bow drill.

Members of the New Albany Middle School Adventure Club and their families learned to rub sticks together to make fire and to build shelters using only natural materials during the club's most recent event.

Kids learn new skills at High Desert Museum

by Kate Ramsayer  / The Bulletin

The kids stood in a semicircle, eyes focused at Rebecca Moergen's feet. With a bow in one hand, a stick in the other and a small board under her boot, she crouched down, trying to start a fire. "The most important wilderness survival skill is a positive attitude," she had said earlier. "You guys think we can get a fire going?" The crowd at the High Desert Museum answered yes, and sure enough, after moving the bow back and forth to make the stick spin, a little pile of dust started smoking.


Moergen and others with the Coyote Trails School of Nature were at the High Desert Museum as part of Kids Day on Friday, teaching children how to track mammals, build a simple shelter in the woods and listen to the birds around them. Even if people just have an awareness of basic survival skills, like building a shelter or starting fire, it can help them not panic if they ever get lost in the woods, Moergen said. "We're really using primitive living skills to help people have connections to the world around them," Moergen said.