Thank you for taking the time to review my upcoming events. You will find a nearly complete listing of my programs and activities through August. I hope you will find an activity that meets your needs. If you have a slow Internet connection click here for a text version of my main Web page.

Mission Statement My philosophy is based on a love of the natural world, which has consumed my life for as long as I can remember. I believe that my role is as a caretaker for the planet and wish to encourage in others a profound connection to the earth. Most importantly, I want to create a positive experience for children and adults in an outdoor setting.

John offers exciting events every weekend and many week days. Click here to see his whole upcoming schedule by month.

Don't miss the Indian Crafts Saturday afternoon 1 - 4 pm, rain or shine. We will be making fires, bone knives, bows & arrows, moccasins, shields, tomahawks, bolas, whistles, drums, traps, and many other cool crafts.

Spring Programs - Click here to learn about some of my upcoming nature programs and plans for the kids camps Spring 2001.
Summer Programs - Click here to learn about some of my upcoming nature programs, plans for the summer and kids camps summer 2001.
Indian Crafts and Outdoor Games - We will be making fires, bone knives, antler whistles, small game traps, bows & arrows, moccasins, shields, tomahawks, bolas, and many other cool crafts and games (Click here for a complete list).

Paintball Parties - John has all of the paintball guns and safety gear to host an exciting and safe capture-the-flag paintball party. Start by building your fort so that you can protect it from attack then defend your fort or go on the offensive to capture the other team's flag. New automatic paintball guns this year! John provides everything you need: Paintball guns, CO2 cartridges, paintballs, and safety masks. Or if you want, you can bring your own paintball gun. Paintball days coming up this spring for everyone to join in:

  • Saturdays, 1-4PM - April 7 and May 26
  • Sundays, 2-5 PM - April 1, 15 & 29 and May 20 & 27
School Programs - John can come to your school to teach Indian crafts, woodworking, Indian history and fishing in a fun hands on interactive mode where you'll get to make bone knives, antler whistles, bows & arrows, moccasins, shields, tomahawks, bolas, and many other cool crafts.

Drum Making - Saturday, March 3 & April 14, 2:00 - 5:00 PM - In this class each student will transform a deerskin and an eight-sided wood frame into a powerful personal, large drum and beater linking the student to the spirit of the deer and the earth which all things come from. For thousands of years deer hide has been used by native peoples for many things including spiritual objects such as the drum, shield and rattle. The drum making class is at John's house. There is a $100 fee that covers the deer skin, octagon wooden frame, and other materials. Reserve your spot today!

Survival Skills - John offers Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Class, Survival Class, and tracking and hunting classes. If you ever end up on the TV show Surviver, John will make sure you can start a fire, and live off the land. Click to learn more.

Read John's account of his recent trip to the Amazon .

I'm writing about my recent visit to the Amazon where I explored the Amazon Jungle and the Andes Mountains in Peru with the Fishback and Tyson families....

Background. For those who are new to my programs, I'm an environmental educator with a degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maryland. I have taught youth and adults about the natural world for more then ten years. My self-employment began in 1994 with one home-school group and has evolved into Native American studies for public and private school groups, Nature adventure camps running continuously through the summer and spring break, teacher education seminars, birthday parties and other activities involving paintball, kayaking, fishing, caving, rock climbing, survival and most of all Native American crafts. I have studied with well-known trackers, biologists, and Native American elders; conducted an extensive wildlife survey; survived off the land; made log canoes, teepees and "Indian" Villages; learning kits; produced a wide range of crafts and many more natural related activities. Finally I'm a certified First Responder and lifeguard.

Safety is the primary concern in all my camp and class endeavors and is an integral part of the educational process. All participants are instructed as to the safety rules and restrictions associated with each activity and must conform to these rules in order to participate in each.

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