Finding the North Star

The North Star Points True North Knowing how to find the North Star in the northern hemisphere is one of the most basic survival skills. Those of us in the north are fortunate to have the North Star as a handy survival tool for determining direction without a compass. Visible from the surface of the […]

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Finding Your Way

I’ve been studying topographical maps and compass use for several years. By no means does that make me an expert. There is much to learn on these 2-dimensional images of a 3-dimensional world. Contour lines, magnetic declination, water, peaks, saddles, vegetated areas, and the list goes on and on. Do you know what I love […]

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Kamana in the city

City-fied Kamana

I find it amusing that I’m sometimes labeled an “urbanite.” It’s amusing because I’d never label myself that way. Why? Because not two days before writing these words, I was sitting on my back deck at dusk and a white-tailed buck sauntered across my yard within 20 feet of me while in the hollow oak […]

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Back to Basics: The Sit Spot as Daily Practice

I’m pretty upfront when it comes to telling people about Kamana. “I don’t care if you never buy the program, or if the books just sit on your shelf,” I say. “AS LONG AS YOU GO TO YOUR SIT SPOT EVERY DAY!” Those green books and binders are a fantastic way to help you pay […]

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Awareness is the Key

What makes the Kamana program unique? There are many places you can learn about nature. Some states have Master Naturalist Programs, there are nature schools that teach many classes, and colleges have majors in biology and ecology. So why Kamana? I was in my senior year of college (studying biology) when I started Kamana One. […]

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Ah, Trees

I was on the first week of my field biology job in the mountains of North Cascades National Park when I got a message from the trees. I had been doing Kamana for a few years, but it still took me by surprise to hear trees talking. Or maybe it was my own common sense […]

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Wilderness Awareness School