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** All workshops are apt to change due to our ever-changing community strategies surrounding COVID-19.  Should we need to cancel a workshop you have registered for, we will refund your payment in full. **

Please call or email Nathan (Buffalo Cove’s director) with any questions at  or 828-964-1473.


A note on safety: As we have been struck with the task of adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, Buffalo Cove will implement several core safety measures during our Adult Workshops.  We will be guided by the latest recommendations put out by the CDC.  It is important for us all to understand that these guidelines are always being updated and may affect our group size or ability to hold these workshops.  Please read these carefully and only sign up for a workshop if you feel comfortable committing to, and abiding by, these protocols:

  • Group Size – we will keep the number of participants small and manageable in terms of having plenty of space to learn safely and effectively.

  • Maintaining respectful space - At the onset of every workshop we will establish everyone’s “comfortable space bubble” – and we will respect these bubbles throughout the workshop.

  • Sleeping logistics - For overnight workshops, each participant will set up their own sleeping arrangement, and maintain a safe and respectful distance from other participants' sleeping accommodations.  You may bring your own tent, tarp, hammock, etc. to sleep in.  Buffalo Cove has 4 sleeping shelters that you may reserve upon registration.

  • Food – Each participant will be responsible for their own food during these workshops

Can my teenager attend these workshops? YES! If you have a motivated and capable teen that is interested in these things, we would love to have them join us!  We want to support time afield with cross-generational family groups!

A tourniquet places around an arm

Wilderness First Aid and Back Country Crisis Management

Saturday, September 25th, 10am – 4pm

12 person limit, $80

Spend the day exploring what happens when things don’t go as planned. We will teach a foundation in pertinent and valuable wilderness first aid skills, life-saving techniques, and basic management of common injuries. We will also learn how to avoid “getting into trouble” in the backcountry and a few helpful techniques if trouble finds you anyway! THIS IS NOT A CERTIFICATION CLASS, but a class to empower the individual through learning and practice of industry-standard skills and techniques in backcountry medicine and rescue.

Two people wearing backpacks and crossing a river

Women’s Weekend of Backcountry Skills

Saturday + Sunday, October 2-3, 10am Saturday – 4pm Sunday

14 person limit, $225


Come learn how to safely and effectively enjoy a backcountry camping/adventure experience. Join us in a judgment-free, safe space for learning and growth. We will cover the topics of shelter, water, hygiene, cooking, basic firecraft, introductory bladecraft, basic backcountry navigation, knots, and much more. We will look at high tech and low tech gear, old skills and new techniques. You will walk away with a set of skills and knowledge of how to be safe and use what works in the backcountry! Delicious meals will be provided!

matches starting a fire

Bushcraft Fire

Saturday, October 16th, 10am – 4pm

12 person limit, $80


Spend the day exploring the art of fire as it pertains to bushcraft and learning more about this pillar of the human experience and necessary survival skill. Lessons will include many different methods of combustion, how to deal with wet wood, and how to use fire for cooking and sleeping comfortably. We will also incorporate the use of your knife and camp ax into the day by learning pertinent bladecraft skills to enhance your proficiency with fire.

a tarp set up in the woods near a fire

Wilderness Survival

Saturday, October 30th, 10am – 4pm

12 person limit, $80


This course is designed for the avid outdoorsperson and the “weekend warrior” alike. We will dive into survival: mindset &philosophy; shelter; fire; water; getting rescued; proper, prior preparation to avoid such a situation; survival tools; survival kits; food strategies; and more. Your head will be swimming by the time Saturday afternoon rolls around!

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