Primitive Living Skills | Kids Out and About Hudson Valley

Primitive Living Skills

All our ancestors had one thing in common: a deep and intimate knowledge of their place. They understood the language of the forest, listened to what the seasons dictated, and responded accordingly, learning how to live in balance with everything around them. The Nature Place Day Camp’s Primitive Living Skills is an immersive, hands-on (and hands-in—the fire pit, the dirt, the stream) weekend program, designed to build a foundation in these ancestral skills, perfect for beginners as well as those looking to ​grow their knowledge and abilities​. ​

Humans have traditionally recognized that their security and survival depends on providing for themselves the four sacred, basic needs: shelter, water, fire, and food. Primitive Living Skills focuses on the techniques and knowledge necessary to procure and provide these with our own hands. Participants will learn primitive shelter building, methods for obtaining and purifying water, various fire building techniques, and ways of securing food, such as foraging, tracking and trapping. Each class is different, building on previous skills and relating to the season and what the earth provides. Space is limited and early enrollment is encouraged


When enrolling for a single session, please register by the Wednesday prior to the session date. Due to the hands-on nature of the Family program, each adult must be accompanied by no more than two children. If you are unable to meet this requirement, please contact us to see how we might accommodate your situation

For more information on our Primitive Living Skills program, contact us.



Ages 10-14

Created especially for children who are eager to delve into the exciting world of primitive living skills, this series will give participants a well-rounded breadth of experience in primitive living skills for all seasons. You may enroll for a series (which consists of four sessions) or single sessions (space permitting).


Spring Series
10 am – 12:30pm 3/11, 4/15, 5/13 , 6/10

$260: All 8 sessions ($100 off)
$140: Series of 4 sessions ( $40 off)
$45 for a single session



Ages 17-117

Our four-part Primitive Living Skills series for adults covers the foundations of Primitive Living for surviving, thriving, and living more fully with the earth – not just on top of it. Enrolling in all four sessions will give participants a well-rounded breadth of experience in primitive living skills across all seasons here in the Northeast. Participants can also sign up for individual sessions (space permitting).

Year-long Series
2 – 4:30pm 12/9, 2/10, 4/15, 6/10

$140: All 4 sessions ($40 off)
$45 for a single session



Parents and children, ages 6 and up

This series is for families wanting to connect with each other as well as with the earth. Our four-part Primitive Living Skills series for families covers the foundations in a fun, family-oriented way—perhaps even inspire you to ditch the tent and propane tank on your next family camping trip. Enrolling in all four sessions will give families a well-rounded breadth of experience in primitive skills across all seasons here in the Northeast. This is also a great opportunity to make new family friends that share similar interests!


Year-long Series
2 – 4:30pm 11/11, 1/13, 3/11, 5/13

$25 per participant, per session
Sign up for the full series and receive 10% off your family total


Nature Place Day Camp


285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY, 10977
United States


(845) 356-1234
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