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A New Workbench for TTC at Smokey House

Up to now we’ve made good use of old desks and tables for our projects in the classroom barn, but under the guidance of teacher-carpenter Robin Chesnut-Tangerman we have built a sturdy workbench to make our projects easier to manage. […]


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Wilderness First Aid at Smokey House

YouthWork & Learn students have been studying  survival skills this season, from fire and shelter building to emergency first aid.  This culminated in the official SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, a two-day event resulting in certificates of completion for […]


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“To Build a Fire” at Smokey House

With cold weather and thick snow, we’ve been experiencing literature in a direct way.  While snowshoeing through the forest and building shelters and fires, we’ve shared Jack London’s story “To Build a Fire.”


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Building Survival Shelters

Reports on  Jan. 8 shelter building at YouthWork&Learn at Smokey House: Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (instructor):  With the onset of real winter weather we are spending time learning about winter survival and wilderness first aid. We had talked about emergency shelters recently, and […]


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Making a Quinzee at Smokey House

What do you do when the first substantial snowfall turns your world white?  You go outside!  Never mind that it’s 12 degrees outside with a wind chill factor around zero.     Monday, as part of our study of winter […]