Earth Living Skills


Earth Living Skills are skills we practice to give one confidence that we can survive on Earth using materials we find in nature.  With practice we can become comfortable knowing what we need to survive can be gleaned from the landscape no matter where we live.   

A person can be resourceful and can solve problems once they know the basics of survival:

  • Awareness: We will practice awareness through games that use all of our senses, and questions and stories that foster connection to the natural world and help develop passion and curiosity.

  • Shelter: we will build shelters out of natural materials we find in the forest.

  • Water: we will learn how to find, collect and purify water.

  • Fire: We will explore different methods of making fire, including flint and steel and friction fire with bow-drill kits and more.

  • Food: We will search and identify wild edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants and cook and make medicine and useful items with them. We will learn basic hunting principals, such as stalking and tracking and make basic hunting tools.


The flow of each class would look something like this:  

  • Begin with a circle where we would share what we are feeling grateful for in nature.  To quote a student in a recent afterschool class:  "The secret to happiness is gratitude".

  • Play some games to create excitement and enthusiasm and to wake up the senses.

  • Do a hands on project that involves one the 4 basic elements of survival listed above; shelter, water, fire, food.

  • Reflect on the day's activity in a circle.



2:30 - 4p

Sept 12 - Dec 19

Ages 6 - 10

$260 students enrolled in Fall, 2019 LOIL classes

$300 all others

sibling discount available

Payment by PayPal to please click family and friends or pay $15 to cover the fee

Please note: this class may involve 1 - 2 sessions at McCarren Park which is also along the L line. Parents will be responsible for traveling there for drop off and pick up OR allowing Nancye to travel with their children via subway.

Presented by: Nancye Good

Nancye spent her childhood roaming the forests and beaches of beautiful Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest. Raising two children in New York City, Nancye realized how difficult is is for city kids to have that nature immersion experience she enjoyed as a child. In 2008 Nancye attended Coyote Tracks summer camp with her family. The wilderness living skills taught there helped her feel deeply re-connected and re-awakened to nature. Since then she has taken many other wilderness skills programs (including at Tracker School and Art of Mentoring) and has redirected her life towards sharing the ancestral wilderness living skills, especially with kids in New York City. 

Previously, Nancye worked for Japanese television for many years and appreciates how that work experience has come in handy when organizing Earth Living Skills program logistics and communicating with people. Nancye greatly appreciates the enthusiasm and passion of all of the children and families she has shared the skills with, and treasures what she has learned from them.  Nancye is a certified Wilderness First Responder.   Nancye is also a Niaszii Healer which gives her tools to listen with her heart and try to resolve disputes on the external and internal landscapes that may come up. 

Nancye co-founded Earth Living Skills, which is a collective of instructors who share passion for the ancestral skills and share them with interested groups in their regions and come together to run larger programs.  More info on Earth Living Skills can be found at: