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JANUARY - MARCH 2016

Wilderness First Responder 72-80 Hours (SOLO Certified) [Adult & Teen]
Jan 18-28, Feb. 15-25, Mar. 7-17 (weekends off, 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

Winter Wilderness Skills Weekend!

Winter Tracks & Trails Indoor Intensive [Adult & Teen]
Jan. 30th |1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $35, $90 for Both Days 
This afternoon indoor class is on winter animal tracks and trails. Taught by Jim Bruchac (Ndakinna Director and co-author of Scats & Tracks of The Northeast), participants will learn how to read the stories left behind by an animal's tracks and trails in the winter wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains. This interactive class is a great companion to the following full day Backwoods Tracking & Winter Survival Snowshoe Trek.

Backwoods Tracking & Winter Survival Snowshoe Trek [Adult & Teen]
Jan. 31th |9:00 am to 4:30 pm | $65, $90 for Both Days 
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. 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 15-17 (Three days) | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $160 Run by Assistant Director Jesse Bruchac, this is 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 15-18 (Four Days)| 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $210 Run by Director James Bruchac, this is four days of indoor and outdoor winter activities from snowshoeing to animal tracking, shelter building, 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]
Feb 27-28, March 12-13 |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

Sogalikas Storytelling Evening (All Ages)
March 19th |7:00 to 9:00 pm | $7/5 (Adult/Youth)  we're proud to present our fourth annual Sogalikas (Sugar 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 5.5-7)
April 25-27 (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. Bring a bag lunch. $10 off for each additional immediate family member.

Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp: (Ages 8-12)
April 25-28 (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. 
Group will at times be divided up into two groups based on age and experience. Bring a bag lunch.  $15 off for each additional immediate family member.

Wilderness First Responder 72-80 Hours (SOLO Certified) [Adult & Teen]
4/18-28, 5/16-26 |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]
4/16-17, 4/30-5/1, 6/4-5, 6/25-26 |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


Spring Wilderness Skills Weekend!

Spring Tracks & Scats Workshop 
[Adult & Teen]
MAY 14 |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 15
| 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

Spring Wilderness Photography Workshop [Adult & Teen]
MAY 28 
| 9:00 pm to 5:30 pm | $85
Join master photographer Eric Jenks for a 1-2 hour morning intensive on photography and composition, followed by an afternoon trek in the woods and by the water's edge at Shelving Rock Falls in Lake George, NY to apply your new skills. This workshop will focus on getting the most out of your camera for landscapes and scenes found in the wilds of the Adirondack mountains. Participants will need to dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, and have a camera (DSLR preferred but point and shoots users can benefit as well). For more information on Eric Jenks, visit www.awasos.com

JUNE 2016

Family Wilderness Adventure [Ages 6&Up]
June 19, 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]
6/13-23 (weekends off, 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]

Jun 4-5, 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

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2016


Pad8gikas Fundraiser  (All Ages)
TBA |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! 

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Recert [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

Asban Wilderness Adventure Day Camp(Ages 5.5-7)9:00- 4:00 
Session 1: July 18-20 (Mon-Wed) - $200 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Session 2: July 25-27 (Mon-Wed) - $200 ($375 for any two sessions)
Session 3: August 1-3 (Mon-Wed) - $200 ($525 for all three sessions)

Three 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

Awasos Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 8-12) 9:00 - 4:00 
Session 1: July 18-22 (Mon-Fri) - $325 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Session 2: July 25-29 (Mon-Fri)* - $325 ($600 for any two sessions)
Session 3: August 1-5 (Mon-Fri) - $325 ($850 for all three 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, and 3 include a wealth of new skills, stories, and activities. Session 2 includes rockwall climbing.  Bring a bag lunch and dress for adventure. Group will at times be divided up into two groups based on age and experience.  $20  off for each additional immediate family member. Click Here to Send in a Deposit online

*OPTIONAL OVERNIGHT July 29th ($50). Students can camp out the Friday night of Session 2 with additional storytelling and night time games. Dinner and Breakfast provided.

Martial Arts and Wilderness Camp [Ages 8-13]
August 1-4 (
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 final day of Session 3.


Pathfinders Wilderness Training and Adirondack Adventures [Ages 12 -16] (OVERNIGHT) 
August 8-12 (Monday - Friday) | $625 Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac and Assistant Director Jesse 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 learn a host of additional back country skills through day trips (including a full day High Peak Climb) and an overnight in the Adirondacks. From basic to advanced 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.

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2016

Fall Photography Workshop and Expedition
October 15| 9:00-5:30 |  $85 Adults
Capture the fall foliage in style! Join master photographer Eric Jenks for a  1-2 hour morning intensive on photography and composition, followed by an afternoon hike in the woods to Buck Mt by Lake George to apply your new skills. This workshop will focus on getting the most out of your camera for landscapes and scenes found in the wilds of the Adirondack mountains. Participants will need to dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, and have a camera (DSLR preferred but point and shoots users can benefit as well). For more information on Eric Jenks, visit www.awasos.com

Scary Story Night (All Ages)
October 29| $7 Adults, $5 Children under 12 
On this dark and scary Friday night in late October, we're proud to present the Seventeenth 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.