Joe Blevis is a mentor, naturalist, survivalist, and tracker, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR). For the last 5 years, he has been working with children, adults, and families helping them reconnect with the natural world. Originally from New Jersey, Joe discovered his passion for earth living skills while living in Montana, and eventually pursued that passion by becoming a student of Tom Brown Jr. and the Tracker School in 2009. After finishing a full-time internship at the Tracker School, he began to work with other primitive skills programs across the country, such as Twin Eagles Wilderness School, The Children of the Earth Foundation, and the Whidbey Institute.

Over the last several years, Joe has lead classes with homeschoolers, private and public schools, and summer camps. He has created programs such as "The Primitive Living Skills" series at the Nature Place Day Camp in NY, and "Forest Fridays" in NJ, to encourage children and adults to develop life long skills and a relationship to the earth. Joe's style of teaching encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to step out of their comfort zone and explore new things, while maintaining a healthy awareness in their everyday lives. As a teacher, his goal is to pass down these ancient skills, accompanied by a sense of wonder, curiosity, reverence, and connection to the Earth.

Schedule a Private Class or Program

If you are interested in scheduling a private program with Joe Blevis at The New Weis Center for your school, homeschool group, Scout troop, private party, family or friends, please Contact Us.

Earth Living Skills is a collective of experienced instructors who provide hands-on enrichment programs, where they share earth living skills such as awareness and connection in nature, how to build shelter using materials found in nature, how to find and purify water, how to make fire with friction, and how to find food off the landscape.

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Primitive Skills Classes with Joe Blevis from Earth Living Skills

​"reconnecting with ancient ways"

Saturday, March 3, 11:00am-1:30pm:  Shelter Building (CLASS FULL)

Shelter is your top priority in a survival situation, and one of the most empowering skills to possess. In this program we'll cover the basics of shelter, ranging from the clothes on your back to the hands-on experience of building a primitive shelter. The debris hut, if built correctly, will keep you warm and dry even on the coldest nights, and cool and protected on the hottest days. Together we'll build a one-person debris hut without any man-made materials. After we are done enjoying it, we'll return the materials back to the Earth, and leave our work area better than we found it.  

Saturday, March 31, 11:00am-1:30pm:  Fire Building (Register Below!)

Fire is one of the greatest tools that a human can possess. This class will cover topics ranging from material collection, structure building, and even working with friction fire-making methods.


Programs run rain or shine (excluding extreme circumstances) and will be outdoors the entire time. Make sure to wear proper clothing and footwear, and bring extra layers to keep warm and dry. Cell phones are prohibited, but cameras are encouraged. And a hot thermos of tea is never a bad idea!

  • Ages: 10 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who remains onsite
  • Class size: minimum 5, maximum 12
  • Fee: $40 per person. Current 2018 New Weis Center members receive a $5 discount (pay $35)*
  • Payment: instructions will be included in your confirmation email; payment is due prior to the start of class and is non-refundable
  • Parking: drive through the outer gate and park near the main building