Local residents can tune up their survival skills by attending a workshop Saturday, April 26, at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve west of Woodland.
Participants will learn how to get a fire going without a lighter or matches, starting the fire by friction using a modified bow drill technique or with a sparker. Participants also will have the opportunity to make a spindle and tinder from locally gathered plants. Each person then will have the opportunity to use the bow drill for making a fire.
Two techniques for getting clean water in the wild also will be demonstrated.
The free workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20 in Woodland, and will be led by Cache Creek Conservancy board member Rob Beggs. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and are asked to bring a good carving knife and their own drinking water, plus wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited; call 530-661-1070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The preserve will be open to the public on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to walk the trails and have a picnic lunch.