Introduction To Wilderness Survival Clinic In Santa Cruz

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, 250 Scout Ranch Rd, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Learn indigenous skills of survival in the woods, including how to build a shelter, gather water, make a fire, and forage edible plants or set up traps for food. Both novice campers and seasoned backpackers will benefit from hands-on activities during this 5-hour class with a naturalist instructor. The session takes place in a redwood forest inBoulder Creek, located just north of Santa Cruz.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Close encounter with wildlife

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Get back to nature and learn age-old survival skills during this wilderness clinic set among the redwoods of Northern California. Meet your instructor a survivalist and naturalist at a Boy Scout camp in Boulder Creek,located about 15 miles (24 km) north of Santa Cruz. In just 5 hours you'll practice timeless traditions, such as shelter building and fire-by-friction, drawn from indigenous skills.

Participate in hands-on activities appropriate for all ages, and build self-esteem and awareness knowing you can survive in the woods or other natural setting. Learn about edible plants and try out native-style traps while you discover what it's like to live in harmony with nature. You'll leave better prepared for your next wilderness adventure.


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Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not wheelchair accessible

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-Oct-2021

    I loved the whole experience, especially how great it felt to accomplish making fire with a bow drill!! Jack was a great and inspiring teacher, with tons of knowledge and experience. ! Can't wait for the next class!

  • 25-Jun-2018

    I really enjoyed the the Intro to Wilderness Survival. The course fulfilled its goals. Not only did we receive valuable and interesting information, the hands on was the best. Its one thing hearing or reading about something and its completely another to attempt to do it yourself. I loved the experience of building a debris shelter and I learned so much useful information regarding it. And was quite an experience attempting to create fire with matches. I loved the Zen of the whole process involved before making the fire and building the fire finally was so rewarding. Our group leader Jack was the best. Actually excellent combining his education with the education of real life experience. I loved his passion. It was what made the whole experience really memorable. I have more confidence now that I will have a better chance of survival in the wilderness after taking this class. thank you.

  • 12-Jun-2018

    Our company team had a great time in the Santa Cruz mountains at the one-day Survival Skills workshop. We had a group of ten, which was a great size for a private class. We participated in a wide variety of activities with different sized teams so that everyone on our team could interact with everyone else. Cliff was an awesome instructor. Coordinating logistics and booking was very easy. They even handled the boxed sandwich lunches (vegetarian options available) and got them delivered from a local restaurant for a reasonable add-on price. Would highly recommend for a fun team bonding / family reunion activity idea.

  • 18-Jun-2016

    Excellent class! I will definitely look into more classes offered by Adventure Out. Jack, the instructor was really an expert on wilderness survival skills and I got so much value from this class.

  • 18-Jun-2016

    Excellent class! I will definitely look into more classes offered by Adventure Out. Jack, the instructor was really an expert on wilderness survival skills and I got so much value from this class.