Workshops

Boy Scout Courses

True North also runs a series of workshops — from lectures to excursions — that are intended to provide a straightforward and easy opportunity to focus on some particular topic, issue, or skill in an informative, interactive, and fun way that will help you to more confidently explore your world.

Check out our current list of upcoming events:

I.  Online Lecture:  “But It’s Just a Day-Hike” and Other Famous Last Words.

Join instructors online from True North Wilderness Survival School to learn how you can better prepare and deal with emergencies during your next outdoor adventure. You will learn about a modern approach to survival, priorities, tools and resources to consider, plus get a chance to ask questions and dispel popular myths and misconceptions.

Taught by experienced professionals, with real wilderness and medical experience, this easy 90-minute program will be a great introduction to gaining the confidence that you need to better protect yourself and others when help is delayed or unavailable.

To register, just visit our Schedule and click on the listed program date.

Here are the program details:

  • Date: Saturday, 16 January 2021
  • Start / End Times: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Tuition: $25
  • Location: Online

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, including how to log into the program.

II.  Workshop:  The Survival Shelter – How to Keep Yourself 98.6°

Join instructors from True North Wilderness Survival School at Hartwood Acres County Park, conveniently located just fifteen minutes North of Downtown Pittsburgh, to learn how you can better deal with emergencies by crafting an emergency shelter, in as little as 30 seconds to as long as 25 minutes, that is both wind-proof, water-proof, and warm.  During this program, you will learn how to tie key knots, how to improvise shelter materials, what gear to consider, plus get a chance to ask questions and dispel common survival misconceptions.

Taught by experienced professionals, with real wilderness and medical experience, this easy 3-hour program will be a great introduction to gaining the confidence that you need to better protect yourself and others when help is delayed or unavailable.

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

To register, just visit our Schedule and click on the listed program date.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 February 2021
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $75
  • Location: Hartwood Acres County Park, Indiana Township, Pennsylvania
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 10
  • 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, basic gear, etc.

III. Workshop: Fire Craft – A Knee-High Fire in the Pouring Rain & Other Lifesaving Tips

Join instructors from True North Wilderness Survival School at Harrison Hills County Park, conveniently located just fifteen minutes Northeast of Downtown Pittsburgh, to learn how you can better deal with emergencies by building an emergency fire in as little as five minutes, even when it’s raining.  During this program, you will learn about fire building techniques, gear, other survival tips that will help to dispel many common myths and misconceptions.

Taught by experienced professionals, with real wilderness and medical experience, this easy 2-hour program will be a great introduction to gaining the confidence that you need to better protect yourself and others when help is delayed or unavailable.

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

To register, just visit our Schedule and click on the listed program date.

  • Date: Saturday, 27 February 2020
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $75
  • Location: Harrison Hills County Park, Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 10
  • 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, basic gear, etc.

IV.  Wild Edibles & Medicinal Food – 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.

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Adam Haritan of Learn Your Land

Join Adam Haritan, wild food enthusiast and blogger at Learn Your Land 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 this workshop: Register Now.

  • Course Duration: 3 hours
  • Tuition: $75
  • Course Limit: 15
  • Start / End Times: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hartwood Acres County Park (located roughly 15 minutes North of Pittsburgh)
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • 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.