Survival Training

Like to "go wild" but not sure you'd know how to survive?  Maybe you need to train as one of the next participants in the reality-based TV series "Survivor"?  Sarasota County welcomes those who aren't faint of heart to take the Survival School challenge!

Learn to survive in the outdoors from one of several survival school instructors who hold regular training sessions in the community.  Byron Kerns, a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Air Force Survival (SERE) Instructor School, who routine instructs Navy Seals, USAF pilots, civilians and others, is just one of the outstanding trainers who come to Sarasota to offer survival training.

Crowley Museum and Nature Center offers special pint-sized survival training for kids so families can explore the great outdoor wilderness as a team!  Some of the skills you'll acquire in the training sessions includes:  wilderness first aid, shelter construction, constructing & maintaining a fire, water purification, food for survival, assembling a survival kit and attracting rescue.  You'll be ready for any adventure after this thorough instruction!

Check It Out!

Crowley Museum & Nature Center
16405 Myakka Rd
Sarasota FL
Phone: 941-322-1000

Admission: Adults $7; Children 5-12 years $3, under 5 years free.
Hours: May 1-September 30: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs. — Sun. October 1-April 30: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs. - Sun., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat..
Directions: From I-75, travel east on Fruitville Road for 11 miles. Turn right on Myakka Road at the stop sign and continue 2.5 miles to the center’s entrance.
This non-profit environmental history center is located on 190 acres of native land adjacent to the Myakka river. The pioneer history area includes a museum, homesteader cabin, blacksmith shop, sugarcane mill and the Tatum House, a 110-year-old, two-story “cracker” house. Crowley’s nature trails meander through five native Florida habitats. A one-mile boardwalk takes visitors through the Maple Branch Swamp and Tatum Sawgrass Marsh and leads to an observation tower overlooking the river.

Crowley’s monthly programs include crafts for children, guided walks and tours, and presentations with experts in the field of history, wildlife conservation and native flora and fauna. Memberships are available for individuals, families and corporations.

Environeers Outfitter’s
John or Ann Krotec
5373 Fruitville Road
Sarasota Florida
Phone: 941-371-6208

John knows survival and he knows this area. Periodically, he coordinates a survival school in our area. Contact him for more info. Don’t call or email. Go to the store. They have everything for camping, climbing, heat, cold, rain, desert and they have done it all before. It’s worth a trip just to see the pictures and talk to the Krotecks because these people know the outdoors. They also offer orienteering courses, overnight local backpacking trips, and international climbing and trekking trips (South America).

Wildlife Services of Florida
Mark Barrow
Local Canoe Adventures, Fossil Hunts, Wilderness Survival Skills

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