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Outdoor Education

Basic Bicycle Maintenance
If you ride a bike, you need this class! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time and make other minor adjustments to your bike. Learn the basics of keeping your bike in good condition in the off-season. No experience required and no need to bring your bike. A list of tools to bring to class will be sent to students prior to the beginning of class. Matt Martin has worked as a bicycle mechanic for over 5 years, currently at Vitesse Cycle
in Normal. Matt is also an adjunct professor at IVCC in the art department.
Sat 5-7 p.m. Apr 13 & 20 2 Sessions
Matt Martin C-316, IVCC HLR-7305-304 $35

Native Skills 1
So you want to be a survivalist? This hands-on, experiential class will teach you the survival skills natives used to live in the wild. Learn awareness techniques to blend and flow with your environment. See how to read tracks in difficult soils and follow trails others simply cannot see! Discover how to make rope from natural materials. Try making a fire by the native bow drill friction method. Understand how to make a teepee fire structure and how to find natural tinder. Experience firsthand the wilderness skills of awareness, tracking, and survival at Illinois Valley Community College. All classes are held outdoors and require a knife with a 3” blade; you may also want to bring note-taking materials, lunch, and water. Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Class limited to 10 students, must be 18 years of age or
older. Jason Thompson is a professional educator with over 12 years of experience training and teaching awareness, tracking, and wilderness survival skills, as well as outdoor/environmental education and team-building to children and adults throughout the Illinois and Wisconsin areas.
Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Apr 13 1 Session
Jason Thompson C-326, IVCC HLR-5307-04 $39

Native Skills 2
Want to improve your survival skills? Learn advanced techniques natives used to be comfortable living in the wilderness. Discover tracking techniques that show why people get lost in the woods as well as learning how to lost-proof yourself. See how to read above-ground signs to follow trails. Practice primitive throwing stick hunting skills, make a figure-4 deadfall trap, and see how a rolling snare works. Understand how to naturally find, filter, and purify water in the wild, as well as how to make a coal-burnt bowl and utensils. Learn how to make fire by friction with the hand drill method. All classes are held outdoors and require a knife with a 3” blade; you may also want to bring note-taking materials, lunch, and water. Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Class limited to 10 students, must be 18 years
of age or older.
Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Apr 27 1 Session
Jason Thompson C-325, IVCC HLR-5306-04 $39