Winter Survival in the Wild GROWE


Introduction (10 minutes) 

We will meet with the clients have introductions and outline the itinerary of the program. The guides will go through a safety talk and risk management. 

Fire Building (30 minutes)

Our guides will walk clients through a series of fire starters from dryer lint, birch bark, cat tails etc, their origins and a variety of ways to start the tinder. We will experiment with flint and steel to give an understanding of the importance of the techniques of starting your fire. We will break into groups of 4-5 for a team building exercise with the primitive bow drill fire starter. After the demonstration of fire starting techniques clients will be unleashed for a hands-on experience of building their own fire using the variety of fire starters shown and available.    

Hike (one hour)

Our guides will lead you through the forest of Five Oaks in an interactive way that will have you seeing the outdoors in a whole new light. The forest is alive in a whole different way during the winter season and we will investigate and discover what the winter woods has to offer.  We will explore the trail by identifying trees, plants and birds along the way. Clients will be treated to a taste of the abundance of winter wild edibles that nature has to offer.   

Shelter Building (30 minutes)

Building shelters can be the most exciting part of the outdoor survival scenario. Our guides will explain the variety of structures and the materials to utilize when building a shelter. Clients will be released into the forest to rummage, collect and build the wild shelter of their dreams. 

Question/Answer/Good Byes (20 minutes)

We will all join around the fire for circle time where we pass the talking stick to share what we learned and enjoyed during the program.

2.5 hour Program                    1 guide per every 20 people






Price 1-4 participants

$70.00 total for up to 4 people



Prices for 5 Paying Clients or More 





Senior 60+


Ages (13-17)


Ages (6-12)


Ages 5 and Under




Group Pricing

Total Cost

Estimated Cost per person

10 to 15


$20/10 person

16 to 30


$19/16 person

31 to 45



46 to 60





The GROWE Program is located in the Grand River Valley at the Five Oaks Centre located south of Paris, Ontario (locate on Google Map)... within a 1 hour driving radius from Toronto, London & Guelph.

Grand River Wilderness Outdoor Education is the passion of Jessica McGregor and Tara Carpenter... "Get to Know Them".

For inquiries and reservations please email GROWE at 

Link to GROWE Home Page 


GROWE Cancellation Policy:     

Programs canceled 48 hours prior to day of program will receive a full refund. 

Programs canceled later then 48 hours will lose 25% of payment. 

Program canceled on the day of the event will not receive a refund. 

Program cancelled by Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education due to weather... can be rescheduled or fully refunded.