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Nature Immersion Program

The following will offer options for nature immersion programming at Camp Hero by Nature Reliance School

instructor cadre. We have successfully used these programs alongside other non-profits serving the military and first

responders dealing with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, family separation issues, and more. Nature Reliance School instructors bring decades of wilderness skills experience, several programs of this nature, along with being Certified Master Naturalists through the University of Kentucky. Wilderness Safety and Survival is a cornerstone course for wilderness experiences and guides the participants in skill building.

Skills taught and developed include:

• Wilderness and Remote First Aid

• Land Navigation

• Thermoregulation through clothing choices, shelters, and

fire building

• Water procurement includes filters and purifiers.

• Edible and Medicinal Plants and other food procurement

Nature Immersion includes ample nature observation and

awareness study and skills to become better aware of natural


Skills taught and developed include:

• Forest ecology and mapping

• Woody stem (tree) Identification

• Herbaceous plant identification

• Nature sketching

• Macroinvertebrate stream analysis

• Animal track identification

Land Navigation includes the study and use of maps, compasses

and GPS tools to navigate into and out of wilderness areas


Skills taught include:

• Study and use of several types of maps to determine the

user's needs.

• Deciphering map symbology, information, and details

• Consideration of various compasses and troubleshooting for

• Map and compass skills together for safe wilderness travel

• Use of GPS tools and troubleshooting for accuracy

• Actual physical course set up to make all skills practical.

Our courses are incredibly direct as it is our proven method for

success with military and first responders related to the needs

being discussed in this program.

Heroes will be given the unique opportunity to experience the mental and physical healing effects of nature.   Research has repeatedly shown that nature immersion has been linked to lower stress levels, improved self-confidence, and a sense of belonging.  Program professionals will be on-site to offer support, guidance, and ongoing resources. 

Scheduled Dates:

Feb 19, 2024
Feb 24, 2024
March 14, 2024
March 20, 2024
May 18, 2024
May 23, 2024

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