Sensory awareness exercises through games and challenges.
Recounting the days activities through stories and creative arts.
Finding a special place in nature to connect to and observe.
Nature Awareness and Invisibility
This is a favorite for those who crave quiet time in nature, or want to see wildlife undisturbed. Matt teaches advanced awareness skills for connecting to the awareness field of nature and how to move through it in balance. You’ll find out how to get close to wildlife undetected, and learn to “ read” the forest by observing bird and animal behavior. Matt explains the mindset, and physical ways to create invisibility including full natural camouflage and forest movement techniques.
Did you love building forts as a kid? Kauai’s lush rain forests provide ample opportunities to investigate the basics of shelter building. Join Matt in becoming co-creator of a survival shelter that is as artistic as it is useful. This is especially fun for parents who want to share their fort building with their children, as well as equipping them with practical wilderness shelter skills that could some day save their lives.
Learn how to identify, gather and process wild edible plants, ocean edibles. How to use easy hunting and trapping methods. Advanced stalking and camouflage. Bow and Arrow making. Storage and preserving of plants and meat.
How do you locate and gather fresh water, and make sure it is safe to drink? Our Mt. Waialeale may be the wettest spot on earth, but Kauai has many wilderness areas with no obvious sources of safe drinking water. Learn how to gather, purify and store water in a variety of different locals: beach, jungle, riverine and open ocean.
Fire by friction
Start a fire without matches using only wild gathered materials to make friction techniques the ancients used to create fire. How to select the right wood and make a fire kit made to your body dimensions. Types of tinder, fire pits and cooking.
Kauai Nature School’s Founder Matt Kirk is now offering:
Private Nature Skills Training
Have you always wanted to learn how to be more self sufficient in nature?
I have created these private and small group trainings as a resource for people who want to get a strong foundation in the core aspects of wilderness living so they can become competent and confident using them in nature. I really believe the artful ways that our ancestors used to live in harmony with all of life are key and a relevant way for us to stay balanced and connected to nature in our modern lives.
Private Classes and Coaching 1-3 people: $50 per hour discount Per 8hr block
Small Group Rates 4-10 people: $75 per hour
Large group rates 10+ people: $95 per hour
Contact Matt Kirk to set your class
Matt Kirk is the founder of Kauai Nature School. He has studied wilderness survival and wildlife tracking since 1996 and has been a wilderness survival and environmental education instructor for over 12 years. Matt has worked as a guide on Kauai and Oahu since 2002, as well as teaching wildlife tracking and wilderness survival in Washington State, Idaho, and his home state of Minnesota. Matt has traveled to Africa to study with the famed Kalahari Bushmen. He is a 2001 graduate of the Wilderness Awareness School Residential Program. On the Mainland, he has worked for Wilderness Awareness School, Power of Hope teen empowerment camp, Boys to Men Minnesota, and has taught wilderness survival classes in Hawaii since 2002, on O’ahu at Lyon Arboretum, and on Kauai as private mentor for youth wilderness training. Matthew is also a long time student of Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School.