Survivor class teaches kids many skills

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By Karen Colbenson


Are you a survivor?

If you are an innovator, trailblazer, explorer or a frontiersperson who is 10 or 11 years old, the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center wants to test your pioneer skills.

The Nature Survival Class, which has been offered for nearly two decades at the nature center, allows children to step into history to a time when survival was an everyday part of life.

Flint knapping, fire building, candle making and cooking over an open fire are some of the activities children will experience in the program. They also will learn how to play pioneer games and hear about frontier adventures from guest storytellers.

"It’s a combination of nature survival skills and a step back in time," said Julie Champlin, nature center assistant. "You come out with an understanding of what it was like to live back then and with some excellent skills."

The class will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon July 13-15 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16 at the nature center. There is a $60 fee. Scholarships are available to help cover some of the cost.

Space in the class is limited to the first 16 children, so early registrations are recommended.

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