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The Importance of Outdoors with Dave Scott

Dave Scott at his Earth Native Wilderness School in Austin, Texas

It all began when Dave Scott was 7 years old, exploring his surroundings and spent countless hours outdoors, carving and creating things out of wood.

Now, we’re visiting Dave at his Earth Native Wilderness School in Austin, Texas. The weather is hot and sunny as we take a tour around the beautiful 80 – acre wooded campus. The beauty of the camp, with a creek bed, trails, numerous trees, wild animals, and plenty of other impressions, is breathtaking. And that’s just the surroundings, Dave explains that they have built different facilities in some areas to enable different kinds of classes. There are 7 large fireplaces to gather around, as well as huts and an open barn. Everything to maximize the purpose of it all. To help people build lifelong connections to the outdoors.

“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to grow up an outdoor kid in the 1980s exploring the woods and hunting and fishing with my brother, father, and grandfather.”

 

“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to grow up an outdoor kid in the 1980s exploring the woods and hunting and fishing with my brother, father, and grandfather.”

 

Dave Scott at Native Earth Wilderness School

Dave tells us that he founded the school back in 2011, after some years of studying wilderness skills full time at schools across the US. He eventually began teaching both youth and adults at several schools in Washington State. After years of teaching at other organizations, he decided to open his own wilderness school in his home state of Texas and teach a new generation of explorers in his own community.

No wonder, his school is popular in all ages. When Dave happily speaks, we listen. And it feels like we have joined a class, learning about how to live life.

Dave means that the nature connection leads to so many incredible opportunities for social and emotional development in both children and adults.

Despite his efforts in his local community, it appears that the general understanding and embracement of the wildlife and especially outdoor skills including a knife have been declining in America over the last 30 years. A trend that worries Dave.

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“Education programs like those at Earth Native Wilderness School are critical to helping people become more self-reliant and relearn old school skills like how to use a knife.”

“Education programs like those at Earth Native Wilderness School are critical to helping people become more self-reliant and relearn old school skills like how to use a knife.”

Dave means that a fixed blade knife is one of the most important and useful hand tools available. Having a durable, well-designed sharp knife in the woods presents an incredible advantage and wielded with a skilled hand.