The instructors at Big Oak Wilderness School have a penchant for the outdoors and the skills that are required to live comfortably in situations that the uninitiated might call disastrous.
At their home, surrounded by 200 acres of rolling pastures and forests, Lisa and G.T. Sanford conduct classes including Awareness, Basketry, Cordage, Fire by friction, Plant Identification and Uses, Traps, Snares, Tracking, and everything in-between. The area abounds in plant and animal diversity. For a (high-flying) bird's eye view of the farm, see this TerraServer site.
(N35 54 32, W86 39 78) For directions to the school: go here.
Lisa and G.T. have attended classes by Tom Brown, Jr. at the Tracker School, by Jon Young at Wilderness Awareness Schools, by Charles Worsham at Nature and Vision, by Mark Warren at Medicine Bow, by Jim Halfpenny at A Naturalist's World, and by Darryl Patton at Stalking The Wild.
Lisa and G.T. are Cavers, involved in Cave Rescue, and have taught courses in Rappelling and High Angle Rescue to individuals, private groups and rescue squads. They served 12 years with the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.
Lisa and G.T. tracking wolves in Yellowstone
(photo by Jim Halfpenny)
Jon Young visits BOWS
A group of young naturalists in the classroom.