Emergency shelters can be a poncho, your backpack, or even a plastic garbage bag if that's all you have. Sheltering from the elements is your first consideration in any emergency survival situation. During this class, our emphasis is on emergency shelter skills.
Emergency Shelter Class Oregon
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Having the confidence to build a life-saving shelter in any emergency is paramount to your survival. Whether you find yourself lost on a hiking adventure, in the middle of a natural disaster, or when the weather takes a sudden turn—you don't panic—you are prepared. Knowing that nature provides everything you need to survive is more than empowering: It is essential.
"Understanding and applying the science behind successful emergency shelter building is paramount to your survival in the outdoors." ~ Mark Wienert
Learning to build a functioning emergency shelter is invaluable to your training in wilderness survival. As you spend more time outdoors, survival skills become increasingly important. Be ready and make your adventure an unforgettable and exciting experience, not a tragedy.
Emphasis is on shelter setup with a special focus on Pacific Northwest weather
Using the hands-on application of naturally available materials for shelter construction, we also cover shelter basics using tarps, plastic, and emergency foil blankets, during lectures and field applications.
How to build shelters
Discovering where, when, how, and with what available materials to use is an enlightening and important skill. Locating your camp in a safe location away from potential flooding, windfall, vehicles, and wildlife trails is emphasized.
Building effective shelters is not unlike making forts in the woods as children, but we add the vital element of shelter science with hands-on experience. Our expert training brings it all together for you.
- Driving directions, gear list, start time, and forms specific to your class are provided upon registration
- No smoking
- No dogs or pets allowed on camp premises or in vehicles
- Leave No Trace: pack it in and pack it out
Location and accommodations
The Oregon Survival School operates out of two primary privately owned locations.
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- Coast Camp: is near Florence in an old-growth Sitka Spruce forest with wetland and lake habitat.
- Cascade Camp: near Oakridge is a mixed conifer Douglas Fir forest with streamside, wetland, and meadow habitats.
Welcome to Coast Camp! It is located approximately one hour's drive west of Eugene. Camping is not available on-site. Please see area accommodations for the closest camping including Honeyman Memorial State Park, Lagoon Campground, and Darlings Marina & RV Resort. There are hotel accommodations in and around Florence OR., 97439, and in Dune City.
Welcome to Cascade Camp! Tent and car camping are available onsite at Cascade Camp. We are located approximately one hour's drive east of Eugene, near the community of Oakridge, OR. 97463