Turtle Tracks Newsletter Autumn 2020
One of Nature's Many Gifts

Guided by the cycles and certainties of the natural world, we hosted our annual youth camp this summer. With encouragement and support from countless families and friends, what unfolded was one of the sweetest, most meaningful seasons we've ever shared. We adapted our procedures and protocol, not just for covid19, but also future situations calling for a high level of awareness and preparedness.
Adaptability truly is one the most significant traits that allows lifeforms to survive on this planet. With that in mind, we've been adjusting to the transformations taking place in our society; limiting our regular interactions with universities, school children, and large group programs. The wheel of the year continues to turn, however, and we are pleased to offer a few entirely outdoor, small group intensives this coming autumn. We hope you'll join us!
Private Guided Walking Tours:
available by appointment

When given enough advanced notice, we can schedule individuals and small groups for 1-2 hour private tours. Led by staff, these informative guided visits are custom fit to age and interest level of guests. Eustace will typically not be on site during these tours, but there is a small gift shop to acquire memorabilia and keepsakes.

Adult Camp:
October 2 - 4

This weekend is for the 'big kid' at heart; perfect for couples, or singles looking to connect with other like-minded folks. A small group of adult participants will unplug for a weekend of skills and play in the woods. We'll do many of the famous activities and games that our summer campers enjoy, spending the entire weekend outdoors and interacting with this one-of-a-kind nature preserve. 21+ only

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Volunteer Weekend:
October 10 - 11

Volunteer Work Weekends are how we manage the many tasks on the farm. This is a time for cleaning up, organizing, fixing broken stuff, and repairing damage to structures and roads all while continuing our forestry and firewood operations. If you've ever wanted to go behind the scenes and lend a hand, this one's for you.

Hide Tanning Workshop:
October 16 - 18

A small group of adults will spend this three-day weekend transforming raw deer hides into soft, supple suede. The class is masterfully led by Tyler Lavenburg, a highly skilled hide-tanner and engaging instructor. Enrollment is already 1/2 full, so don't delay, sign up soon to secure your spot.

Blacksmithing Workshop:
October 17 - 18

Led by Asa Hewlett, a small group of adults will spend this weekend transforming old horse shoes, railroad spikes, and scrap material into useful objects while learning the fundamentals of this ancient craft.

Leather Craft Basics:
October 17

This one-day, hands-on class will introduce guests to the exciting world of leathercraft. Limited to a small group of 12, It is perfect for someone has already tanned a hide and is now ready to construct a simple project under the guidance of instructor Rob Keeton. Upon completion of the class, students will have the fundamental knowledge needed to get started in leathercraft. A hot midday meal is included.

Woodswoman 101 Weekend:
October 24 - 25

Join a small group of strong female leaders for a weekend of exploring the tricks of the trade in woodsy-ways. Participants will enjoy access to skilled female instructors, hot meals, and rustic camping with the girls all while learning to safely wield tools, knives, axes, chainsaws and more! Open to wild women of all ages.

Harvest Gala Fundraiser:
October 31

If you've been keeping up with us over the past few years, you may recall events like: Wine in the Woods, All Star Weekend, and An Evening with Eustace. With so many of our income-generating events postponed or cancelled in 2020, we are happy to offer this special invitation to be Eustace's personal guest in supporting the growth of our camp during challenging times for small business and nonprofits.

Families Learning Together:
November 7

Originally planned for April 2020, our annual Family Fundraiser alternative date is here! We thank everyone for their patience and understanding. All original ticket holders are welcome to use their previous reservation. Due to using a 3rd party ticketing service, we cannot offer refunds for those who are unable to attend this new alternative date.

Final Blacksmith Weekend:
November 14 - 15

This 2-day weekend is your last chance to attend a blacksmithing class in 2020. Led by instructor Josh Cooper, students from beginner to intermediate levels can fire up endless possibilities in the only off-grid blacksmith's shop of its kind, while also enjoying the sights and delights of camp.

Folkloric Wreath Craft:
November 15

Intentional and sustainable wild crafting of local vegetation is explored and exemplified in this day-long class where a small group of students get to fabricate a binding of boughs in the beautiful mountain air of Turtle Island Preserve. Folkloric history and herbal lore accompany this homespun class.

This is an outdoor, snow or shine event.
For more info, availability and registration please send an email to: mail@turtleislandpreserve.com
Appalachian Hog Processing
December 12

Our surrounding hills and hollows are alive with a rich heritage of self-sufficiency in the ways of meat preservation. This all-day event working up a farm-raised berkshire hog from 'nose to toes' is a remarkable opportunity for folks wanting a real sense of "where their food comes from."
Coming Soon:
Private day-long outdoor wilderness classes for small groups of children
ages 8-12

For more info, availability and registration please send an email to: mail@turtleislandpreserve.com