Workshops & Excursions

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True North also runs a series of workshops and 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. Excursion:  Alumni Summit

As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary, True North wants to thank all of our terrific clients who have made it possible by hosting a wonderful Summer weekend in the best part of the Laurel Highlands.  It is open to any alumni of any True North course … at absolutely no cost!

So join our instructors for the opportunity to engage with other members of your outdoors community, be exposed to new skills (even refresh old ones), and, most importantly, have much fun in a relaxed setting.

As usual, if you just bring your needed gear and positive mental attitude, True North will work to take care of the rest!

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

  • Date: August 21 – 22
  • Start / End Times: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Absolutely none!
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area
  • 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.

II. Workshop:  Wilderness Medicine Provider Refresher Training

You’ve received training in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder?  That’s great, because you know that when someone is sick or injured in the outdoors simply dialing 9-1-1 isn’t always an option.  But there’s a problem … Even though the standard certification period is two years, studies have shown that most WFAs and WFRs begin to forget essential parts of their training within the first 3-6 months!  After all, first aid is a perishable skill … If you don’t use it, you lose it.

So join our instructors, who are emergency medicine professionals with substantial front-country and wilderness experience, for this 3-hour workshop designed to refresh your patient assessment and related skills, then run you through a series of training scenarios.  That way, you’ll be again ready to provide the best care anywhere!

This program is open to any trained WFA or WFR provider from any school.  Please note that this workshop does not provide recertification.

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

  • Date: Next date TBA
  • 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. Guided Day-Hike:  Quebec Run Wild Area

Are you interested in a walk in the woods in one of Pennsylvania’s best kept wilderness secrets?  Then join instructors from True North as we explore a portion of the 7,441 acres of Quebec Run Wild Area that few do.  During our time together, you’ll see an example of the old growth forest first documented by colonial surveyors in 1767, remnants of early settlers to the region, and, best of all, enjoy the natural beauty of the hemlock, maple, and mountain laurel that is home to deer, turkeys, bears, chipmunks, and countless beautiful birds.

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

  • Date: Next date TBA
  • Start / End Times: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $25
  • Location: Forbes State Forest, Gibbon Glade, Pennsylvania
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 10
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Moderate to Strenuous

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. 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.

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: Next date TBA
  • 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.

V. Workshop: Fire Craft – A Knee-High Fire in Five Minutes in the Pouring Rain

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.

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: Next date TBA
  • 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.

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

Join instructors 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: Next date TBA
  • Start / End Times: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $25
  • Location: Hartwood Acres County Park, Indiana Township, Pennsylvania
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 15
  • 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 how to log into the program.