Desert DAWN travels to you with exciting nature based workshops.  Often it is more efficient for us to pack our bags and travel to your location to share knowledge.  Nature is everywhere and so we can teach anywhere.   We have a selection of workshops already designed or custom workshops can be created to meet your needs.

Our workshops are a one to five day immersion into woodcraft camping skills, including, fire craft, shelter craft, knife craft, land navigation or traditional animal processing.   The workshops are hosted by an organization or group. Please use our Workshop Contact form if you or your organization are interested in hosting a workshop or if you are looking for a workshop in your area.

Woodcraft Skills

Learning to make fire by friction teaches many of the core woodcraft skills and teaches the finer points of making a fire such that using modern means becomes much easier.  Photo by Terry Webb.

Learning to make fire by friction teaches many of the core woodcraft skills and teaches the finer points of making a fire such that using modern means becomes much easier. Photo by Terry Webb.

We have taken the six core woodcraft trail skills – rope craft, knife craft, fire craft, shelter craft, pack craft and map and compass navigation – and bundled them into this all encompassing workshop.  You will leave this workshop confident in your wood craft skills and confident in your ability to stay happy and comfortable should any of your modern backpacking gear fail.  3-5 Days  Learn More…





Fire Craft

Making a fire using a “long match”.

Fire is the essence of our experience in nature – the sight of the flickering flames, the sound of wood popping, the aroma of  burning wood and the feeling of the warmth from the fire – fire completes the camping experience.  We start with the ABC’s of fire and then allow students the opportunity to discover the thrill of making fire by rubbing sticks together.  Next, we progress through the technologies for making fire and discover the true nature of fire. 1-2 Days Learn More…

Shelter Craft

Poncho shelters in the ponderosa forest.
Photo Courtesy of Marlene and Terry Webb

How long has it been since you made a “fort” as you did when you were a youngster?  Learn to make shelters using very basic gear and natural materials.  Go back to your childhood for practical lessons of staying snug and comfy at night. 1-2 Days  Learn More…



Knife Craft

Using Knife Craft skills to make a friction fire set.
Photo courtesy of Terry and Marlene Webb

Knife skills are an essential part of life, whether in the kitchen, around the home or farm or on the trail. ” In this class you will discover all aspects of  being safe with a knife, using a knife and maintaining a knife (yes, you will be able to sharpen your knife).  Your knife will become an indispensable tool  that will be an extension of your hand.  1-2 days Learn More …

Map & Compass Navigation

Staying Found using Map and Compass and a little help from a trail marker.
Photo courtesy of Marlene and Terry Webb

Are your map and compass skills going to be able to help you stay found (not get lost) or does you head spin at the thought of using a map and compass?  We help you remove the mystique surrounding the map and compass.  They are both quite basic and with practice the anxiety over using them drifts away like a soft summer breeze.  Staying found  will be much easier at the end of this workshop.  2-3 Days Learn More…



Traditional Animal Processing

Softening a sheep hide.

Softening a sheep hide.

Did you know that there are practical uses for every part of an animal and that the meat is not necessarily the most nutritious part of the animal. You will be able to gain more nutrition from the animals you process and be able to make all sorts of cool stuff from what is not used for food. 2 – 5 days Learn More…


Explore More:

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

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