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Advanced Desert Survival


This all-day field class goes beyond mere survival and delves into long-term skills used by the indigenous cultures of the Southwest. Jeff Martin, survival expert and You Tube Channel: Martin Survival, will teach time-tested survival strategies and self-sufficiency methodologies that date to the roots of civilization. Participants will learn sustainable indigenous skills such as how to create fire-by friction, how to weave rope from yucca fibers, and how to make primitive deadfalls. Nester will discuss modern survival skills such as how to fashion utensils, how to start a fire using steel and wool, and how to make delicious jerky. This is a great opportunity to increase your self-reliance! Please note: No animals will be trapped during this course. Enrollment is limited.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, this field class meets at the Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA, on Sunday, December 2, 9 am – 4 pm. The fee is $60 ($50 for JTNPA/PINE members), plus a materials fee of $5.00. For brochure, information and registration call (760) 367-5535 or visit

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