Merry Lea to host Winter Survival Skills Workshop Jan. 21

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Merry Lea to host Winter Survival Skills Workshop Jan. 21

WOLF LAKE, Ind. – If you became stranded outdoors on a ski trip, would you know how to build a fire to keep warm or how to build a shelter? If you became lost while hiking, could you navigate your way through a winter woods to safety and food?

These are just a few of the primitive skills Erik Vosteen has mastered and practiced over the past 20 years. He will share his knowledge during the Winter Survival Skills Workshop at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Workshop participants should come warmly dressed and prepared to spend the afternoon outside. Anyone with cabin fever will benefit; anyone who hikes, skis or ice fishes will need these skills for their winter adventures.

For those who are serious about outdoor living, Vosteen recommends Mors Kochansky’s book, “BushCraft,” which will be available for sale at the workshop.

The Winter Survival Skills Workshop, offered for individuals 10 years of age or older, will meet at Merry Lea’s Farmstead Barn at 1 p.m. The barn is located at 425W off of Rt. 109, one-half mile south of Wolf Lake, Ind. A map is available at

The cost of the workshop is $10 per person; advance registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Jennifer Schrock by e-mailing or calling (260) 799-5869 by Jan. 16.

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center is a 1,150-acre nature center located in central Noble County and owned and operated by Goshen College. This natural sanctuary for northern Indiana’s plants and animals, provides environmental education for people of all ages and a setting to recreate opportunities that benefit the human body and spirit without exploiting the land. Merry Lea was created with the assistance of the Nature Conservancy and the generosity of Lee A. and Mary Jane Rieth. For more information, go to

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