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Training and Skills Events 2019

2019 Michigan Bushcraft Spring Gathering

May 3 at 5:00 PM – May 5 at 2:00 PM EDT

Lumberman's Monument
5401 Monument Rd, Oscoda, Michigan 48750
We welcome you to join us at the 2nd Annual Michigan Bushcraft Spring Gathering at Lumberman's Monument and Visitors Center May 3rd-5th!

In a collaboration between the USFS Mio Office and volunteer outdoorsmen, artisans, and Michigan businesses, the Spring Gathering is a family-friendly weekend of presentations and demonstrations of various outdoor skills and topics. Free to attend AND free to camp in the Huron National Forest primitive sites around Lumberman's Monument (Monument Campground is closed to the public at that time) it's a perfect opportunity to meet other people interested in the outdoors as well as enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Au Sable River.

The Spring Gathering kicks off Friday evening with a community bonfire and meet-n-greet with the presenters and organizing team. Presentations go from 8am-5pm Saturday and 8am-2pm Sunday. At 2pm Saturday, our headline presenters Brooke & Dave Whipple from season 4 and 5 of History's "Alone" will do a Q&A discussion about their experiences on the show. Along side them over the course of the weekend, there will be presentations on:

- trapping
- blacksmithing
- wild edibles
- axe safety
- cold weather clothing
- shelter building with natural materials
- axe handle carving and hanging
- tours of camp setups
- fire craft
- hammock camping in cold weather
- fly fishing
- atlatl use
- tour of Lumberman's Monument and area history

Regional craftsmen and small businesses will also be onsite offering all kinds of outdoors-related kit.

Global Bushcraft Symposium 2019

An international gathering to promote bushcraft, survival, and traditional skills instruction through the open exchange of philosophies, pedagogical methods and dissemination of best practices within the industry.

By developing connections across generations of instructors and cultures of practice.

Emphasizing the critical importance of teaching accurate, fact based and tested skills in their proper context.

Honoring those who have lived, rediscovered and promoted the traditions before us.


June 10-14, 2019 Foothills Camp Alberta, Canada