Cornell Tree Climbing Institute

Wilderness Survival Skills

Wilderness Survival Skills

Learn what you can do should you become lost or stranded in the backcountry. This course covers general backcountry safety, seven principles of survival, shelters, signaling, water and food procurement, navigation, and fire starting, as well as nature observation skills and local natural history. Everyone's pace and desire to "rough it" will be respected as we delve into the natural world. Includes day trips and one weekend overnight trip which will build your confidence to do more with less. Build a one-match fire, spend the night in a "debris" shelter, travel cross-country, and signal long distance without electronics! COE requires that students attend the first class meeting of their course because of the critical logistics, policy, liability, and safety information that will be covered. If you do not show up for the first class you lose your right to retain your spot on the roster, and we may enroll another student in your place. Students must attend all scheduled classes to receive credit for this course.

Course Schedule

Date Time Activity
Sun Mar 31 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Outing
Sun Apr 7 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Outing
Sun Apr 14 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Outing
Fri Apr 19 - Sun Apr 21 5:00 pm - 2:00 pm Trip

Enroll Now

Courses are open to everyone. Students can enroll on Student Center. Anyone may also enroll by contacting Amy Woodin:

Amy Woodin
(607) 255-6183

The Essentials

Prerequisites: No experience necessary.
Course Fee:
$245.00 (students)
$270.00 (CU faculty/staff)
$305.00 (community)
Interested in Financial Assistance? Download an application and see if you qualify.
Drop Deadline:
Friday, January 25, 2013
PE Credit
Available for PE credit.
P ED 1613 (ID #9473)
Course Coordinator
Chris Leeming
(607) 255-6273

First Class:
Attendance at first class is required. Bring completed medical forms and health insurance information.

Equipment Needed:
day pack, rain coat, warm layers, water bottle, knife. See detailed equipment list.

See the equipment list for this course. You may also find our list of Sources of Outdoor Gear helpful.