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Earth Skills - Survival and Sustainable Living

James Howell, ACE Educator
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In this ongoing class, students will hone their survival and sustainable living skills. Science is woven into each class to stimulate a deeper understanding of each topic.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Beginner Level
  • Each week learners will gain greater competence in a skill connected to survival and sustainability.
I am a Certified Wilderness First Responder through the company Remote Medical Training. This has certified me to address medical emergencies in remote settings. 

I've taught wilderness survival to a countless number of kids since 2015.

I've led wilderness survival/bushcraft camps with the company Coyle Outside in Oregon. 

I've guided wilderness backpacking and canoe trips through Camp Kooch-I-Ching in Minnesota.
Homework Offered
I often have optional exercises for students to practice. I am always interested to hear from learners putting my lessons to use. I would love to see photos and videos of any of these skills in action so that I can give feedback.
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
The topics of injury and death are inherent in the subject of survival, but not the focus of the class. I practice sensitivity in discussing potentially scary content. 

Learners are advised to use adult supervision when practicing any of the skills I share in my class. This may include fire-making, tool usage, water purification, shelter building, overnight camping, hunting, trapping, and cooking.

Occasionally we will cover the importance of hunting/trapping/fishing as sustainable food sources. No slaughter will be shown. During these specific classes there may be footage of processing the meat for cooking (skinning and butchering). These classes will be titled to notify families of their subject matter.

Although I am a certified Wilderness Medical First Responder, in accordance with Outschool policy, I will not be offering medical training or medical services. There will be no graphic medical footage in this class. 
Joined May, 2023
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree
Greetings Earthlings…

My name is James Howell. I’m here showing learners the stepping stones to self-education and self-mastery. I’m not here to catch the fish. I’m here to help learners catch the fish!

I’m a naturalist, survivalist, explorer,... 
Group Class


1x per week
40 min

Completed by 46 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
1-8 learners per class

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