Adventures

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True North also runs a series of workshops and excursions that are intended, not only to be fun, but to provide an opportunity to learn more about the natural world that surrounds us and those skills necessary to function safely in it.  After all, part of True North’s mission is to help you to confidently explore your world.

Check out our current list of our upcoming Adventures   

I.  Workshop:  Stop the Bleed – August 30, 2017.

Are you prepared to save a life by stopping life-threatening bleeding?  If not, then join instructors from True North Wilderness Survival School and Seneca Area EMS for an evening of training where you will learn about the necessary skills and tools needed to keep someone alive until helps arrives.  After all, no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will almost always be first on the scene.

Department of Homeland Security

Stop the Bleed is a national program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security to train, equip, and empower bystanders to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.  This program is being described by medical professionals as having the same immediate lifesaving importance of knowing how to provide CPR on someone in cardiac arrest.

Video: WWLTV News

Why is this training so valuable? A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is vital to quickly stop it as quickly as possible.  Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.  According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.  Sadly, events reported all too regularly reported in the media underscore how important such training can be needed anywhere, anytime.

This program is being run in conjunction with Seneca Area EMS, which serves Sharpsburg, Indiana Township and their surrounding communities, with the generous support of the UPMC Prehospital Care Program.

All funds will be donated to Seneca for use in its community outreach programs.

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.

To attend this workshop: Register Now.

  • Course Duration: 1 hour
  • Tuition: $20
  • Course Limit: 20
  • Start / End Times: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Sharpsburg VFD, 1611 Main Street, Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, just minutes from Downtown.
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy
  • Continuing-Education Hours:  This course is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for 1.5 hours of credit for EMR, EMT, and Paramedics.

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, including exact location, driving directions, etc.

II.  Lecture:  Are You Prepared for a “Day Hike”? – October 18, 2017.

Have you been wondering how to better deal with, or better yet, avoid, emergencies in the great outdoors?  Then join Erik Kulick, founder and chief instructor of True North Wilderness Survival School, for an evening lecture about the basics of wilderness survival so that you can learn to better prepare for your next adventure.

lectures-course-photoDuring the evening, we will discuss different survival philosophies, key priorities, important skills, and we will examine what tools and equipment may best suit your needs.  This program is a terrific one for those who are interested in survival training and preparation, but have been looking how to best proceed.

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.

For this lecture: Register Now.

  • Course Duration: 2 hours
  • Tuition: $20
  • Course Limit: 15
  • Start / End Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: True North Headquarters, conveniently located in Etna, just minutes from Downtown.
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, including exact location, driving directions, etc.

III.  Workshop:  Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants – Next Date TBA.

Within the vast wall of green that encloses our ecosystem resides a diverse world of countless plant species – many of them edible and medicinal.

AdamJoin Adam Haritan, wild food enthusiast and blogger at Wildfoodism, and Erik Kulick of True North, for a trek through Hartwood Acres County Park where you will learn about such topics as plant field identification, wild plant nutrition, harvesting methods, culinary applications, medicine making, drying and storing methods, and much more.

If you’re looking to develop a deeper connection to your local environment through the foods that you eat, while enjoying a hike through one of the region’s most beautiful parks, then this is a workshop you won’t want to miss.

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.

For the October 3 workshop: Register Now.

  • Course Duration: 3 hours
  • Tuition: $45
  • Course Limit: 15
  • Start / End Times: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hartwood Acres County Park (located roughly 15 miles north of Pittsburgh)
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old, but children aged 13-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, like required and recommended gear, meeting point, driving directions, etc.

IV.  Workshop:  Introduction to Map & Compass – Next Date TBA.

One of the most important outdoor skills that one can learn is how to read a map and use a compass.  Not only will it improve your confidence in the Great Outdoors, but it is a terrific activity to share with children and friends by providing a fun starting point for hiking, orienteering, and geocaching.

map-and-compassSo join survival instructors from True North, in association with our partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), as we trek through the woods of Chapman State Park.  There you’ll learn to decipher a map, understand the parts of the compass, and how to combine the two to navigate when you leave the trailhead.

If you’re looking to forge a deeper connection to beautiful lands and resources that Pennsylvania has to offer, while taking the mystery out of how to best access and enjoy them, then this is a workshop you won’t want to miss.

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.  Register Now.

  • Course Duration: 3 hours
  • Tuition: $25
  • Course Limit: 10
  • Start / End Times: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Chapman State Park, Clarendon, Pa
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old, but children aged 13-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, like required and recommended gear, meeting point, driving directions, etc.

To learn more about other True North Adventures, including our wilderness survival and first-aid courses, check out our Schedule.