- $60 for one admission to a two-hour primitive survival-skills lesson with Thom Schuchaskie
- Children are welcome to attend this event
- This event will take place rain or shine; dress appropriately; closed-toed shoes are recommended
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
Tours meet at the entrance to Central Park’s North Woods, a swath of wilderness designed to replicate the forests of the Adirondacks.
Each event is capped at 10 purchasers.
What You’ll Do
In a city where everything is a credit-card swipe away, it can take a great effort to remember that people used to do without such modern trappings. But wilderness instructors Thom Schuchaskie and Victor Shelden can help get you back in touch with your primitive roots. During their two-hour class, they lead tours off the beaten paths of Central Park to reveal everything one needs to survive and to instill a deeper respect for nature and our ancestors.
“The Sacred Order of Survival”
Thom and Victor rank the four elements needed for human survival—fire, water, food, and shelter—and explain the importance of each.
Get By on Nature’s Bounty
Learn which plants and bugs are safe to eat, how to weave a basket from scratch, and where to find water in a pinch.
Become a Firestarter
Victor and Thom will bring along a friction kit so participants can try their hand at starting a fire with a bow drill or hand drill.
As the founder of Urban Kid Adventurers, Thom Schuchaskie knows a thing or two about getting city-slickers in touch with Mother Nature, but his talents go well beyond beginner-friendly wilderness excursions. The outdoorsman is also an 18-year student of martial arts, a teacher of CPR, and a walking wealth of wilderness first-aid knowledge. In fact, he spent seven years underlining the “survival” part of his resume as a Wilderness First Responder.