Even though winter is finally over (well, almost as there is still a remaining snow pile behind the barn), I wanted to pass along an informative site and how-to manual on ski pulks. A pulk is a sled pulled behind a skier or snowshoer with a rigid pole system. They're really useful, but the ones [...]
Knowledge of identification, harvesting, processing and use of edible, medicinal and otherwise useful plants makes up a vast amount of practical and intellectual knowledge that was highly valued by cultures living off the bounty of the land. In our modern culture, where many people can't identify the trees in their yard or the ones they [...]
We've added a new way to stay current with our programs; The Jack Mountain E-News. It has current events, coming attractions and last-minute specials. It's available both as a feed and as an email newsletter to make it as easy as possible to keep up with what we're doing. The feed is here and email [...]
Although the leaves have yet to show themselves, the maples are budding out and the peepers are singing each night. At dusk last night I heard the hermit thrush's song coming from the woods, and this morning I watched a beaver as it swam by. Life has returned to this part of New Hampshire that [...]
This morning I posted information on our video intern position on our site. Here's the info: Video Intern - Plan, Shoot And Edit Documentary-Style Films Dates and Positions Available: We're currently seeking one person for the fall semester. The deadline for applications is June 1st. There will be future opportunities for the winter, spring and [...]
We had quite a wind last night and the fish are reaping its benefits. Dissolved oxygen levels in ice-covered lakes get lower over time because there is limited mixing of air and water. On smaller lakes and ponds this depletion of oxygen occasionally causes fish kills, when the level of dissolved oxygen gets so low [...]
This Friday and Saturday, April 27-28th, we're going to be braintanning the deer hides I've stored over the winter. We'll get the hides scraped on Friday, and, weather permitting, pull them on Saturday. For more on braintanning, check out this link.
The ice went out on the pond yesterday. After the torrential rains, we're having a stretch of nice weather. Today is supposed to be around 80 degrees, which will melt some of pile of snow that slid off the roof of the barn. I've got some blueberry bushes, strawberries, grapes and asparagus to get in [...]
Something we discuss in great detail in our courses is the difference between minimum impact camping and displaced impact camping. Modern camping practices are far from minimum impact; things such as rare metals and petroleum products put a huge burden on our planet. But since the effects of their processing and production aren't usually visible [...]
I've added a bushcraft day camp to our summer schedule after rearranging a private workshop to create the time. The camp is for 4th-6th graders and takes place August 6-10. More information is available on our web site.
I spent yesterday re-canvassing one of our 20' wooden canoes with the help of Ray Reitze. We had to put tacks into three new ribs and make sure they were clinched before stretching the canvas. I had hoped to have some warm weather in order to move the boat outside and apply the filler, but [...]