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Pictured is a handful of wild harvested hazelnuts in a pine bark basket. (Courtesy Tim Swanson)
Pictured is a handful of wild harvested hazelnuts in a pine bark basket. (Courtesy Tim Swanson)
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TOWNSEND — Tim Swanson, founder of Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival, can be found foraging for plants and fishing for his own food in the wilderness. He enjoys crafting his own survival gear out of wild materials such as buckskin, natural cordage and wood, and is set to give a nature presentation this week.

Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival, based out of Shirley, is a nature connection and wilderness survival school for people of all ages.

Swanson will present “Shelters from the Earth” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, on the lawn of the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road.

“The biggest killer in the outdoors is environmental exposure, as regulating our core body temperature is a huge priority for survival,” said Swanson. “This class will be weather dependent as to which shelter, we build. We will build a debris shelter from sticks and leaves. Be prepared to work hard.”

  • Tim Swanson, founder of Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival, Shirley, is...

    Tim Swanson, founder of Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival, Shirley, is pictured learning about plants. Swanson will present “Shelters from the Earth” at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road. (Courtesy Tim Swanson)

  • Pictured is an Earth shelter, which Tim Swanson will discuss...

    Pictured is an Earth shelter, which Tim Swanson will discuss at his “Shelters from the Earth” presentation at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Townsend Public Library. Debris shelters are made of sticks and leaves and could save your life. (Courtesy Tim Swanson)

  • Pictured is a handful of wild harvested hazelnuts in a...

    Pictured is a handful of wild harvested hazelnuts in a pine bark basket. (Courtesy Tim Swanson)

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Skills covered include safe campsite selection, how to properly dress for the outdoors, physics of heat loss or gain, gathering natural materials to construct an earthen shelter, and creating a safe and effective shelter.

Swanson holds a double bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education Leadership and Adventure Therapy. He is a Level 1 Certified Animal Tracker and a Wilderness First Responder.

“Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival started because of my passion to educate our community about nature awareness, holistic health, and outdoor recreation through the practice of wilderness survival,” Swanson said.

This class is designed for children ages 8 to 14, and will be held rain or shine. People are asked to dress appropriately.

For more information, or to register, visit www.townsendlibrary.org. For more information on Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival, visit owleyeswilderness.com or on social media @owleyeswilderness.

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