Desert Dawn is committed to teaching skills that are closely in balance with the ways of nature. Our courses focus on bringing life back to a smaller scale, allowing us to directly see the impact of our actions and cultivating a sense of ownership for those actions.
Desert DAWN teaches in a way that guides students to discover the ways of nature through direct participation using just a few basic technologies. The focus of our lessons is on the ways of nature and what nature can provides us. Because our students come to know and understand nature they become empowered to do more with less in nature, meaning we do not need to carry around a backpack full of specific use items. Our goal is to teach skills that allow you to be at home in nature instead of being merely a visitor in nature.
The technologies we use resemble those of the classic camping era, from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Surprisingly, this does not mean a spartan challenge program. Our classic camping program is about enjoying and exploring nature. At base camps we use canvas tents and cook over open fires using dutch ovens. When camping on the trail we replace a backpack laden with gear with a some basic gear, woodcraft skills and a head full of knowledge about nature. Classic Camping courses are available in two formats, traveling courses known as Trail Crafter Courses and base camp courses known as Camp Crafter Courses.
Learn more… “What is Woodcraft Camping?”
Our staff love woodcraft camping and nature awareness. This is why we chose them to lead you on courses and day hikes. We do more than teach the skills, we use them on their personal journeys as well. Read our Staff Stories.