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Debris HutAncestral Knowledge uses nature and the wilderness as its classroom to connect our students with the ancient skills of our past.  Ancestral Knowledge is the first in the DC Metro Area to use earth based living skills, nature awareness, primitive technology, and wilderness survival to create an environmental stewardship between our students and the Earth.  Ancestral Knowledge offers adult and youth programs in a wide range of program topics from ancient living skills, survival and wilderness awareness to earth based philosophy and sustainable living.  Our programs guide our students along a path seldom traveled helping them rediscover the ancient ways that made modern life possible.

All of our programs intertwine two methods of teaching;  Experiential Education-“learning by doing” and Coyote Teaching-“guiding not giving”.  This allows our participants to develop a way of thinking that strengthens problem solving skills, self-reliance and increases your awareness of self and surroundings.

Ancestral Knowledge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is operated by a community of naturalists who specialize in native life skills and philosophies that support sustainable lifestyles.  We custom design our outdoor education presentations and programs to fit the needs of schools, community groups, families and individuals.

“Learn from the past, live for the moment, create a new future” – Suzy Wald, Mother of Ancestral Knowledge

... recent activities ...

It’s your turn to guide! Help us strengthen and expand the Ancestral Knowledge community.

Event: Community Envisioning Forum & Potluck
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 3-6 PM
Location: Greenbelt, Maryland
Refreshments: Potluck, please bring your own beverages and a dish to share
Details: Additional information will be provided prior to the event.

RSVP: Please send your name, phone number, e-mail address, and number of participants to Jonathan Murray (jdblockhead@yahoo.com)

Since 2003, AK has been nurturing nature awareness and teaching primitive skills in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan areas. As a non-profit, our success is entirely reflective of our ability to build and serve an enthusiastic community, and we have been gratified by tremendous community support and program expansion. As we move into our second decade, we are reviewing our successes and seeking a path forward that will strengthen, expand, and diversify our community.

Please join us on Saturday, April 5, for a community envisioning forum and potluck. We will take this opportunity to provide background about the organization and share some recent initiatives, but mainly, we are looking for your insight and ideas on how we can can be more effective in the community.

In the spirit of Coyote Teaching which emphasizes “guiding not giving,” we are turning to you to lead the way and help us discover our future direction. We want each of you to be involved and feel ownership of our mission:

To teach ancient and modern technologies, activities, and philosophies that support a sustainable lifestyle through ongoing experiential programs, home study programs, workshops, lectures, apprenticeships, and other programs and services to:
• Create a connection between the student and the natural environment
• Enrich the student intellectually, emotionally, and physically
• Instill a sense of responsibility and stewardship (caretaking) towards community and environment
• Impart skills that support the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, ecosystems, and future generations.

We know there are hidden opportunities, untapped skills, talents, and energy in the community that have not yet been revealed.

Guide us, so we can understand how to fulfill our mission and better serve the community.

Ancestral Knowledge Board of Directors
Jonathan Murray, Julie Biedrycki, Kimberly Benson, Amy Beam, Dan DeVries, David and Karen Friedman

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