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JUNE 2015

Wilderness Navigation Essentials (Adult & Teen)
JUNE 13
| 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | $75
During this course participants will learn just about every way (besides GPS) you can navigate through the woods. From basic map & compass use to the use of the sun, moon, stars, trees, moss, animals and beyond - this is a class that anyone who spends time in the outdoors shouldn't miss. Could you make it without your GPS? Take this class and you can!

Family Wilderness Adventure [Ages 6&Up]
6/14, 1pm-4:30pm | $15 per participant
Join us for a Family Wilderness! Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, family participants will take part in a variety of wilderness skills. From shelter building to animal tracking, elements on our new Ropes Challenge course and a variety of Native American games, this is sure to be an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Our standard release and registration form still need to be sent in.

Wilderness First Responder 72-80 Hours (SOLO Certified) [Adult & Teen]
 6/15-19 & 6/22-25 (9 Day Course) |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $795 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, SOLO's WFR course is the
 standard for those who work in the backcountry as trip leaders, mountain guides, river guides, camp counselors and ski patrollers. This 9 day course is challenging and comprehensive and provides a thorough grounding in wilderness medicine practice guidelines. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at www.adkwildmed.com

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2015


Pad8gikas Fundraiser and Down to Earth Concert Series Presents Darryl Tonemah (All Ages)
7/12 |10:00 to 5:00 pm | Free Auction and Feast, $15 ($17 at the door) for the Concert
Pad8gikas - Thunder Moon, an Ndakinna and Saratoga Native American Festival fundraising event Sunday, July 12th 10am-5pm. Join us first for the FREE portion of the event (10am-1:30pm), starting with a Traditional Opening by Mohawk Elder Tom Porter, a Silent Auction including exquisite and unique Native made crafts, and culminating in a FREE FEAST featuring Native cuisine! Followed immediately by a concert with Darryl Tonemah, opened by members of The Dawnland Singers. Pre-sales for the concert (running from 3-5) are strongly encouraged, cost: $15 ($17 at the door):  Tonemah’s performances combine the energy of rock, the intelligence of folk and the heart of country, to create a musical niche he calls, “Native Americana.” At times the trickster, at times the son, at times the father, at times the seeker, Tonemah is always the consummate storyteller. Purchase tickets online by clicking here!

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Resert [Adult & Teen]
7/11-12, 7/25-26  |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at 
www.adkwildmed.com

Asban Wilderness Adventure Day Camp(Ages 6-7)9:00- 4:00
7/13-17
Session 1: (Mon-Fri) - $300 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
7/20-24 Session 2:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($575 for any two sessions)
7/27-31 Session 3:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($825 for all three sessions)

8/3-7 Session 4:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($1100 for all four sessions)
Five days of outdoor fun including wilderness skills, animal tracking, Native American games, storytelling and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Taking place at the Ndakinna Education Center with miles of nature trails, Native American wigwams, and other educational exhibits. The camp will also feature special off site field trips. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center with 3,200 square feet of teaching space. There will be rockwall climbing offered during Session Two. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the outdoors.
$15 off for each additional immediate family member. Click Here to Send in a Deposit online

Nolka Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 8-9) 9:00 - 4:00
7/13-17 Session 1: (Mon-Fri) - $300 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
7/20-24 Session 2:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($575 for any two sessions)
7/27-31 Session 3:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($825 for all three sessions)

8/3-7 Session 4:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($1100 for all four sessions)

A full week of wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, Animal Tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native stories and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Also included in sessions 1 and 3 is a full-day of flat water kayaking. The camp will also feature special off site field trips throughout all sessions. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center. Session 2, 3, and 4 include a wealth of new skills, stories, and activities. Session 2 includes rockwall climbing, and session 4 includes a full day tracking field trip to a local wilderness area! Bring a bag lunch and dress for adventure. $20  off for each additional immediate family member. Click Here to Send in a Deposit online

Awasos Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 10-13) 9:00 - 4:00
7/13-17 Session 1: (Mon-Fri) - $300 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
7/20-24 Session 2:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($575 for any two sessions)
7/27-31 Session 3:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($825 for all three sessions)

8/3-7 Session 4:(Mon-Fri) - $300 ($1100 for all four sessions)

A full week of wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, Animal Tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native stories and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Also included in sessions 1 and 3 is a full-day of flatwater kayaking. The camp will also feature special off site field trips throughout all sessions. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center. Session 2, 3, and 4 include a wealth of new skills, stories, and activities. Session 2 includes rockwall climbing, and session 4 includes a full day tracking field trip to a local wilderness area! Bring a bag lunch and dress for adventure.  $20  off for each additional immediate family member. Click Here to Send in a Deposit online

Martial Arts and Wilderness Camp [Ages 8-13]
Aug 3-6 (
Mon-Thu) | $225 
Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, a wilderness survival expert and fifth degree black belt and other highly trained martial arts instructors and wilderness staff, participants will learn the basics of Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, kickboxing, and self-defense. Between training sessions, participants will also enjoy Native American storytelling and wilderness activities in the surrounding nature preserve. These team-based activities and native games have a special focus on leadership and character development. The martial arts portion contains partner drills and bully proofing self defense techniques. . Cost is $225 and each participant will take home the provided Martial arts attire. Participants should bring a bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. No prior experience is required! $10 off for each additional immediate family member. For an additional $75, participants can join the Session 4 Field Trip on August 7th.


Jr. Pathfinders Wilderness Training [Ages 10 -12 ]
(OVERNIGHT) 8/9-12 | (Sun - Wed) $400 10:00 am (Sun) - 4:00 pm (Wed). Run by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, This program is made for kids who want to learn some serious wilderness skills including spending at least one night in a shelter of their own construction. During these three days participants will learn both basic-advanced wilderness survival, animal tracking and awareness skills. Participants will also take part in both day and night wilderness awareness activities and Native games. Bring a bag lunch for Monday. Participants must provide their own camping gear.
 $15 off for each additional immediate family member. 

Pathfinders Wilderness Training and Adirondack Canoe Trip [Ages 12 -16] (OVERNIGHT)
8/10-14 (Monday - Friday) | $650 Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac participants will learn a host of ancient and modern wilderness skills from the tracking of wild animals to survival skills such as shelter making, land navigation, and fire by friction. Participants will spend their first two days at Ndakinna Education Center grounds. Along with plenty of hiking and off-trail exploration participants will take part in numerous basic to advanced awareness activities and games (day& night) as well as enjoy Native American Tales around the glow of the campfire. During the last three days, participants will travel
by canoe deep into the Adirondack wilderness with James Bruchac and master Adirondack Guide Gary Marchuk for a true back country adventure. During this three day trip, participants will learn a host of additional back country skills. From basic to advanced water navigation to camp craft, it is an experience of a lifetime. Transportation to and from the Adirondacks is provided from Ndakinna. Participants must provide their own camping gear. The camp runs from 9 a.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Friday. Space is limited - sign up now! $25 off for each additional immediate family member.

Down to Earth Concert Series Presents Roy Hurd with special guest John Kirk (All Ages)
8/23 |3:00 to 5:00 pm | $15 ($17 at the door) Join us Sunday August 23rd for an afternoon of stories and music with Adirondack performer Roy Hurd, with local fiddler and guitarist John Kirk. Roy Hurd is a dynamic performer and a world-class singer/songwriter. In the years he has been performing, Roy has played his brand of mountain music internationally, and has developed a following unparalleled in the Adirondack Mountains. Roy's song Adirondack Blue has become a modern-day Adirondack anthem, and his recordings are regional best sellers. Purchase tickets online by clicking here!

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2015

Saratoga Native American Festival (ALL AGES)
SEPT 12-13| Free and open to the public!
For More information, www.saratoganativefestival.com

Scary Story Night (All Ages)
October TBA| $7 Adults, $5 Children under 12
On this dark and scary night in late October, we're proud to present the Sixteenth Annual SCARY STORY NIGHT. This evening of spooky Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. The first performance will focus on stories that may be a bit frightening, but not too scary for smaller children. The second performance will include some truly terrifying tales, including readings from Joseph and James Bruchac's best known books. The event will also include our annual pre-carved Pumpkin Contest. Ages 12 and under may vie for prizes in the following categories: Scariest, Most Original and Funniest Jack-o-Lanterns. Parents are invited to bring in their child's pre-carved pumpkins by 6:30 pm for judging. Stories will be held outdoors for the second half, so dress for warmth. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held strictly indoors. Light refreshments will be offered including cider, cookies and doughnuts.
 

JANUARY - MARCH 2016

Wilderness First Responder 72-80 Hours (SOLO Certified) [Adult & Teen]
TBA (9 Day Course) |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $795 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, SOLO's WFR course is the
 standard for those who work in the backcountry as trip leaders, mountain guides, river guides, camp counselors and ski patrollers. This 9 day course is challenging and comprehensive and provides a thorough grounding in wilderness medicine practice guidelines. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at www.adkwildmed.com

Backwoods Tracking & Winter Survival Snowshoe Trek [Adult & Teen]
Feb TBA |9:00 am to 4:30 pm | $65 
A full-day animal tracking and winter wilderness skills under the instruction of Jim Bruchac, Ndakinna Director and co-author of Scats & Tracks of The Northeast and the upcoming Jim Bruchac's Guide to Woodland Survival. Traveling by snowshoe, participants will both explore the stories found in animal tracks they find as well as learn such key winter survival skills as natural insulation, shelter building, firemaking, natural navigation and more . Dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch. Snowshoe rental available. Morning spent indoors going over track ID and basic survival. Afternoon, following lunch, is spent outdoors.
 

Winter Wilderness Adventure & Storytelling Camp ( Ages 6 -8 )
Feb TBA (Three days) | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $160 Three full days of both indoor and outdoor activities from shelter making and animal tracking to Native American games, crafts and storytelling. Dress for the outdoors and bring a bag lunch.

Winter Wilderness Adventure Camp ( Ages 9-12 )
Feb TBA (Four Days)| 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $210 Four days of indoor and outdoor winter activities from snowshoeing to animal tracking, shelter building, animal tracking, Native American games, basic winter survival and more. Dress for outdoor adventure (bring snowshoes if you have them) Bring a bag lunch.


Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Resert [Adult & Teen]
TBA |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at 
www.adkwildmed.com

Pebonkas Storytelling Evening (All Ages)
Feb TBA |6:00 to 8:00 pm | $7/5 (Adult/Youth)  we're proud to present our third annual Pebonkas (Winter Moon) Native American Story and Music Night. This evening of Native tales and music will be hosted by members of the well-known Bruchac family and other special guests. Light refreshments will be available during intermission. This event will be held indoors. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths.

APRIL- JUNE 2016

Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp (Ages 6-8)
April TBA (Three Days)| 9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $170
Participants join expert tracker Jim Bruchac (co-author of three Scats and Tracks books – covering the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic) for an outdoor adventure to learn how to identify basic mammal tracks (fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, and more) and make plaster casts. Kids will be using the adjacent 80-acre Nature Preserve as well as our extensive animal tracks collection. Also included will be various Native American legends, awareness games and activities to further heighten participants understanding of the natural world and Native American culture. New addition will be a daily low ropes course challenge on our brand new ropes course. $10 off for each additional immediate family member.

Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp: (Ages 9-12)
April TBA(Four Days)| 9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $220
Participants join expert tracker Jim Bruchac (co-author of three Scats and Tracks books – covering the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic) for an outdoor adventure to learn how to identify basic mammal tracks (fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, and more) and make plaster casts. Kids will be using the adjacent 80-acre Nature Preserve as well as our extensive animal tracks collection. Also included will be various Native American legends, awareness games and activities to further heighten participants understanding of the natural world and Native American culture. New addition will be a daily low ropes course challenge on our brand new ropes course. $15 off for each additional immediate family member.

Wilderness First Responder 72-80 Hours (SOLO Certified) [Adult & Teen]
TBA (9 Day Course) |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $795 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, SOLO's WFR course is the
 standard for those who work in the backcountry as trip leaders, mountain guides, river guides, camp counselors and ski patrollers. This 9 day course is challenging and comprehensive and provides a thorough grounding in wilderness medicine practice guidelines. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at www.adkwildmed.com

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Resert [Adult & Teen]
TBA |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at 
www.adkwildmed.com


Spring Wilderness Skills Weekend!

Spring Tracks & Scats Workshop 
[Adult & Teen]
MAY TBA |10:00-3:00| $75, both days $130 A full-day of animal tracking with Ndakinna Director James Bruchac. Participants will learn the art of animal tracking from basic to advanced footprint and scat identification to locating and aging tracks in a variety of terrains. Through hands-on learning activities, participants will test their new skills during a mid-day tracking field trip into the surrounding nature preserve. Prior experience a plus but not required. Bring a bag lunch. Detailed hand-outs and certificate of participation included. Those that stay for the second day will benefit from additional field study.

Lost in the Woods! Wilderness Survival Essentials [Adult & Teen]
MAY TBA
| 9:00 am to 4:30 pm | $85, Both Days $130
Did you miss the Backwoods Winter Survival and Snowshoe Trek? No worries, come spend a full-day in the woods with Ndakinna Director James Bruchac learning basic to advanced emergency wilderness skills and survival techniques. Participants will spend a day both on and off-trail learning skills such as primitive and modern land navigation, shelter construction, animal tracking field study, finding water, basic wild edibles, wilderness firemaking, natural insulation, rescue signaling and more. From basic map & compass use to the use of the sun, moon, stars, trees, moss, animals and beyond - this is a class that anyone who spends time in the outdoors shouldn't miss. Could you make it without your GPS? Take this class and you can! Bring a bag lunch

 
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