Continuing and Innovative Education: Continuing & Innovative Education presents Informal Classes
Continuing and Innovative Education presents Informal Classes The University of Texas at Austin
John Weishaar Instructor:
John Weishaar

Survival in the Wilderness

Learn the essentials of human survival in the outdoors!  Students will be provided with a variety of methods and interactive activities that can be transferred to the wilderness while highlighting the concepts of science needed for a person to survive in a wilderness emergency.  Dr. John Weishaar will provide instruction and hands on experience in:

•Survival fire construction
•Emergency shelter construction
•Emergency signaling techniques
•Assessment and priorities in a survival problem
•Basic map/compass and navigation skills
•Dealing with hypothermia
•Knot tying and lashings
•Numerous outdoor related skills
•Wilderness survival “tricks of the trade”


Children ages 9-12 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  All participants much complete the university’s Release and Indemnification Agreement to be considered enrolled in the course.  The Agreement for minors can be downloaded here.  Adults can download the Agreement here.  Bring the completed form to class.

Clothing Please wear clothing appropriate for the season and weather.

Materials All handouts and manuals are included in the course fee.  Bring a sack lunch, beverage, and something to sit on.  There will be flint and steel fire starters for sale during the session for $20 each.  Students are not required to purchase a fire starter.

Class #: IC15590