Adult Programs


Our adult programs fall into three general categories…

Wilderness Skills & Adventures
Animal Tracking and
Nature Studies

[Formerly The Ndakinna Wilderness Project]

>> Adult Skills Workshops & Adventures

 Wilderness Survival & Awareness Walks
During a walk around Ndakinna’s Nature Preserve students will learn about such human necessities as protection from the elements, making fire, finding food and water. Along the way instructors will demonstrates how people past and present made their way through the wilderness obtaining such necessities in the wild. During hands-on workshop such as those listed below students will not only learn about but try our various wilderness survival skills.

Most Survival skills classes and trips led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, Head Instructor Ivan Erchak, or Gary Marchuk, Director of Bear Cup Adventure Tours. Most Classes and trips are limited to no more than 15 participants. Moderate physical activity required – dress for the weather. Certification available.

 Hands-on Survival Skills & Off-site Adventures
Participants taking part in these hands-on workshops and off-site adventures (canoes to snowshoes) will learn key wilderness skills, both modern and primitive, that will heighten their sense of security in the natural world and could also save their life. Depending on length of program, skills can include shelter making, navigation, fire making, emergency insulation, rescue signaling, proper reaction to a survival situation, basic wild edibles, drinking water & more.

>> Adult Individual Skills Training

 Individual Skills Training
Basic to advanced training is available through Ndakinna in all areas of wilderness skills from animal tracking to wilderness survival. These programs can include one or more skills in single hour to multiple day training. Offered any day during the week, dependent on availability. Classes led by Ndakinna Director Jim Bruchac, Head Instructor Ivan Erchak and other Ndakinna staff. Skills Certification Available.

One-on-one rates start at $25 dollars per hour
Group rates start at $10 per person per hour
Multiple day discounts available
Special Group Rates
Limited number of work exchange programs also available.

>> Adult Animal Tracking Courses & Expeditions

 Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional Animal Tracking
Depending on level of training, classes may include basic introductory lectures, hands-on field studies on the Ndakinna Preserve, off-site expeditions, and interactive courses at our Northeast Tracker Training Center. Participants will learn from expert staff and take advantage of our CyberTracker database, a collection of thousands of animal track casts, and other educational aids. Tracking emphasis can range from Northeastern creatures such as foxes, raccoons, deer, porcupine and black bear to Western species such as mountain lion, wolf, wolverine and Grizzly bear.

Most tracking classes are led by James Bruchac, co-author of Scats & Tracks of The NortheastScats & Tracks of The Southeast or Ndakinna Head Instructor, Ivan Erchak. Guest trackers include Dr. James Halfpenny, senior author of Scats & Tracks series and A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking. Certification available.

For more information, please visit our Tracker Training Center page.

>> Adult Nature Studies

 Nature Studies

Throughout the year Ndakinna offers a variety of nature study classes and walks. Ranging from above mentioned animal tracking programs to a wide array of other nature related subjects from plants, trees and mushrooms, to birds and insects. Conducted during all seasons of the year these programs are led by a host of plant and wildlife experts.