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Pete Peterson to teach You and Your Environment at Ed Center

Looking for outdoor fun, adventure and excitement?

Back by popular demand after eight years — the Archuleta County Education Center and “Mr. Pete” Peterson will offer a course on primitive skills and wilderness survival. After countless requests, the popular “You and Your Environment” is back.

This course will interest anyone who is curious about the outdoors. Hunters, fishermen, backpackers and day hikers will learn important survival skills and explore the many ways our ancestors survived in the wild.

Teens are especially encouraged to participate, and anyone 12 and up is welcome. Families may want to take the course together; spending time in nature has been shown to lengthen attention span, reduce stress and promote creativity and brain development.

Over 10 two-hour sessions, you will learn to build a fire using primitive skills and build your own survival shelter using materials you find in the wild. You can choose to create your own Stone Age bowl and spoon using fiery coals and rocks, or flint knap your own arrowhead.

Can you identify and find the five most common wild edible plants? Together, you and others in the course will gather, prepare and eat them.

Mr. Pete is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. He has been teaching wilderness courses in Pagosa Springs for over 30 years and is a graduate of Tom Brown Jr.’s Basic Tracker Course. Having worked as a raft guide, ski instructor and outdoor recreation specialist, Pete is experienced in sharing the excitement of the outdoors with people of all ages.

Sessions will begin Monday, July 12, Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost of the course is $100 and includes the text. The class will meet at the Archuleta County Education Center on Lewis Street.

Call 264-2835 to register.