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Nature Education - What 2 Know B4 You Go! (PRIVATE EVENT)

Surving in the Wilderness. Designed for those with relatively little experience in the outdoors.

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Nature Education  - What 2 Know B4 You Go! (PRIVATE EVENT)
Nature Education  - What 2 Know B4 You Go! (PRIVATE EVENT)

Time & Location

Apr 06, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Des Plaines, 1841 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018, USA

About the event

Nature Education - What 2 Know B4 You Go!

This is a private event - Please call to schedule.

This program is designed specifically for folks or families with youngsters with limited experience in the outdoors (though many experienced people have also benefited from taking this program and have given it high praise). The content applies to just about any endeavor that can take you into the natural world—hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, rafting, or simply driving a car through a remote area. 

We’ll share with you our list of essential survival items. These are items that you and ESPECIALLY YOUR CHILDREN should have with you whenever you venture into the wild—and by “wild” we mean any location that has more grass than your backyard and is farther than shouting distance from home, camp, or the parking lot, be it a forest preserve in DuPage County, the Canadian backcountry, or the Utah desert. The list of items is short. They are small and lightweight and all of them can easily fit into a fanny pack. Any one of them could turn a potential emergency survival situation into a brief detour, an interesting but not overly exciting adventure, or at worst a minor mishap. All together they could save your life. 

Instruction is accomplished through the telling of real stories about real people who have gotten themselves into unpleasant outdoor situations and have come away severely embarrassed or not at all. With plenty of examples and hands-on demonstrations: building a simple shelter; how to use a flint-and-steel; we may even, time and the surroundings permitting, show you how to start a fire with a bow-drill.

  • The audience is given a hypothetical survival situation to solve.  What do you need?  When do you need it? And why?
  • The workshop includes a list of six, simple, lightweight items to carry in a survival kit that could turn any emergency into a mere inconvenience or perhaps even an enjoyable experience.  We give two of the items to all participants at no cost.

Led by skilled wilderness tracker and instructor, Ron Nosek.  Intrigued by animals and the signs that they leave upon the earth—from clear prints to scat to skulls—Ron has a penchant for teaching others about those critters.  Ron is a former attorney (retired after 29 years of criminal trial work) who for many years did two wilderness trips a year just to keep his head in the right place.  He has recently recounted a number of his outdoor experiences in a collection of essays published as Natural Selections.

Ideal for groups, families, and friends who want to enjoy the outdoors and keep their loved ones safe, by respecting nature.



  • “Spectacular! It was very accessible and very easily understood by the layperson.”
  • “My kids talked about it the whole rest of the day. “
  • “Both [instructors were] engaging & interesting. Connected to the audience.”
  • “I thought it was very well done, the stories were excellent teaching tools for the kids and adults. All the information was very useful, easy to apply and easy for kids to understand and hopefully remember.”
  • “We genuinely enjoyed the day… Thumbs Up!!!!!!!!!!”
  • “My son LOVED the workshop! I would recommend it to anyone.”
  • “Overall, the information was very helpful, succinct, and thorough…what you guys were able to put into 3 hours was very impressive.”
  • “My kids just loved the class! It was great. They learned so much, how to build a shelter, how to start a fire, and how to stay safe…buddy system, whistle, etc. The life stories were great and helped paint a picture of why everyone should be prepared.”
  • “On the way to the car [my son] asked me to sign him up for another program like this!”


  • What 2 Know B4 You Go!

    Nature Education Program - Wilderness Survival

    +$0.88 service fee
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