Desert DAWN’s Reason for Being


Encouraging people to touch nature and be touched by nature by
Developing of an Awareness to the Ways of Nature.


Nature: Nature is.  We explore nature in order to gain a greater understanding of our interconnectedness with our world and to foster a greater respect of and appreciation for nature.

People:  Nature is for everyone, and everyone should have the means to appreciate the benefits of spending time in nature.

Teachers:  Everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student; from the youngest child to the oldest person, everyone has something to contribute, all we have to do is open our minds.

Simplicity: Simplicity of ways and means makes nature accessible to everyone.  Simplicity of gear not only allows one to have a more connected nature experience it allows a person to more easily afford to be able to spend time in nature.

Safety:  Home is a place of safety; we strive to teach the skills that allow people to feel as safe in nature as at home.  Teaching safety in nature is at the core of our existence.

Quality:  Know what we teach and teach what we know.  The skills we teach come from personal experience using the skills, which gives a depth of knowledge to present the skills.

Outdoor Education Profession:  Outdoor education is a profession that provides profound social value.  We recognize and respect this social value.  We strive to find ways to allow Outdoor Educators to continually develop their knowledge and skill and share their knowledge and skill with others.


Desert DAWN strives to accomplish its Mission by:

      • teaching skills for spending time in nature using basic gear and the resources that nature provides; and
      • teaching skills of nature observation and understanding.

Come home to nature, it welcomes you.

Join us at Desert DAWN for a re-awakening of woodcraft skills.    Gain a new perspective and appreciation for the gifts of nature through woodcraft camping skills and an old-fashion camping and exploring experience.

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Woodcraft Camping Courses               Custom Excursions                Family Excursions               Day Hikes
What is Woodcraft Camping?              Woodcraft Skills – Our Core Curriculum
Vision and Mission        Contact Us          Staff Stories