PEPPERELL -- In Jack London's classic short story, "To Build a Fire," the reader follows the story of a man in the wilderness fighting for survival and his very basic need to be able to build a fire. Fire building is an ancient art and it is a potential lifesaving skill that should not be lost today.

The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to a free presentation, "To Build a Fire," on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lawrence Library, 15 Main St.

The presenter will be Walter Korby, wilderness guide, tracker, and naturalist. In leading his programs on wilderness survival skills, Korby seeks to inspire a meaningful connection to the natural world. This is an opportunity to experience first-hand how it's possible to coax the sun's heat back out of the wood into a fire that can keep you warm and dry. Program participants will learn the ancient science and the art of creating fire from scratch using the bow and drill technique. Walter will also teach participants how to create a one-match fire that someday could save their lives.

Korby has been teaching natural living skills for the past 20 years. As a youth and adult educator, he teaches nature awareness/art of mentoring workshops as well as wilderness survival camps. Korby is an orienteering instructor, a wilderness first responder, and a wildland firefighter. He is a Greenfield Community College adjunct instructor in tree identification and navigation.


This program is free and open to the public, made possible in part by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Due to the nature of the program, it is most appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Younger children are welcome with an adult.

Registration is requested for planning purposes.

To register or for information, contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs director, at 978-448-0299 or email