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Filleting a carp with a pocket knife.

      "There were literally thousands of carp milling about in the shallow waters, willows, and reeds along the lakeshore. With the early spring runoff this year, the reservoir was several feet higher than it would normally be by the beginning of June, flooding the mudflats with just enough water to turn it into Carp Mecca. It was every hunter-gatherers greatest dream. We were practically tripping over them as we waded around in the shallow waters! Hunter-gatherer bands often congregated to similar events, coming together at a central point and time to take advantage of an inexhaustible food supply. It would have been a time for celebration, feasting, and an opportunity to mingle and marry between bands."

--Thomas J. Elpel
Carp Hunting the Upper Missouri

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Hunter-Gatherer Event Schedule
Workshops, Intensives, Walkabouts, and Canoe Trips

Playing double ball.

      Would you like to take a class from Green University® LLC, yet don't have the time to commit to an extended immersion experience? We host a limited number of dedicated workshops and intensive programs each year. The workshops and intensives are a great way to dive into a specific, focused skill area, such as animal processing, hide tanning, plant identification and foraging, or working with kids. Read about and register for these classes following the links below, or consider joining our immersion program. Immersion tuition covers admission to all classes concurrent with your stay. Scroll down the page for information on individual classes and adventures.

Upcoming Workshops, Classes, Intensives, and Adventures
(plus other relevant local and regional events)

OngoingBird Mentoring
OngoingPlant Mentoring
Sept. 21, 2020 - Sept. 20, 2021YEAR OF THE DUGOUT CANOE
March 21, 2021SPRING SEMESTER 2021
March 21 - 30, 2021Permaculture Projects
April 15 - 30, 2021Bison Tanning Class
May 1 - 2, 2021Jefferson River Canoe Trail Campout
May 1 - 31, 2021Outdoor Education and Basic Skills Intensive
June 3 - 9, 2021Upper Missouri Canoe Trip and Carp Hunting
June 26 - July 9, 2021Botany and Foraging Intensive
July 10 - 15, 2021Wild Fruits Rendezvous
July 26 - September 9, 2021Yellowstone River Stone Age Adventure
September 12 - 18, 2021Rabbitstick Rendezvous
September 21, 2021FALL SEMESTER 2021
September 21 - 30, 2021Paddle Back in Time on the Jefferson River
October 1 - 31 2021Orientation and Work Projects
October 9-10, 2021Apple Cider Party
Nov. 1 - 14, 2021Deer Processing Intensive
Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, 2021Fall Harvest and Celebration of the Deer
January 7 - 27, 2022Braintan Marathon
February 4 - 24, 2022 Buckskin Clothing Intensive
OngoingGreen University Immersion Program

Rabbitstick Rendezvous is not included with Green University® LLC. Please register individually to attend.


Did you know?
Former Green University® LLC students
comprised the majority of the crew for the
Missouri River Corps of Rediscovery:

Five Months on the Missouri River: Paddling a Dugout Canoe
Five Months on the Missouri River
Paddling a Dugout Canoe


Dear Thomas,

Botany in a Day.       My wife gave me Botany in a Day and Participating in Nature for my birthday in September.

      Botany in a Day is a revolutionary approach in the way that way that you introduce the family concept for "non-botanists". I teach botany courses (identification, ecology, conservation, edible and medicinal uses, etc.) at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte, Colorado. I've taught college students, biologists, land managers, and vacationers. I always try to take the family approach. I think it is a great way to organize the taxonomy of things in one's head instead of just learning about a bunch of plants. This is obviously an old system in the technical resources, but your use of it in a field guide is great.

Participating in Nature.       In Participating in Nature, I particularly like the way you combine your philosophy in a journal style with discussion of specific skills. I also like very much how you emphasize those skills or variations on skills that you have adapted on your own. It is clear that you have spent much creative time in the woods. I have been very much an observer and student of the land in the past 10 years, but it has really only been in the past few years that I am becoming a participant. For example, I have a masters in botany with an emphasis in plant taxonomy. So it is now that I am going back and saying, "Oh, I didn't know that was edible!" or "Dang, I can make rope out of this?". I thought I knew the plants of the Colorado Rockies pretty well, and then I started eating them and realizing that my learning had just begun. I am getting pretty decent with a bow-drill and I've tanned a few dozen hides. But I realize I have the knowledge of about an 8 year-old Cheyenne boy. I am getting better at accepting that tomorrow is another day.

--Kevin T.
Broomfield, Colorado

      Looking for life-changing resources? Check out these books by Thomas J. Elpel:

Green Prosperity: Quit Your Job, Live Your Dreams.
Roadmap to Reality: Consciousness, Worldviews, and the Blossoming of Human Spirit
to Reality
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills.
in Nature
Foraging the Mountain West: Gourmet Edible Plants, Mushrooms, and Meat.
Foraging the
Mountain West
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification
in a Day
Shanleya's Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids

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