FAQs

Kevin Estela Wilderness Education - NavigationDo I need experience to take a course?
Absolutely not! While experience does help, it is not a prerequisite. Students come to EWE courses and clinics from different backgrounds. Even the most experienced of outdoorsmen/women can learn from someone offering a new set of eyes.

Will there be bathrooms?
Depending on the location, bathrooms with flush toilets may or may  not be available. On the safe side, students should be mentally and physically prepared to do as their ancestors did and find a tree or bush to hide behind for privacy.

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Will I be forced to eat bugs?
I don’t condone eating bugs for nutrition. They can make you sick if not prepared (raw/uncooked/processed) correctly and other nutritional options are more readily available. In general, students are never required to do anything they are uncomfortable with.

Will you be teaching Native Awareness or “Indian skills?”
With all due respect to many of the primitive schools out there teaching this material, I don’t teach it and won’t force any type of spirituality upon my students. I teach skills, not religion or spirituality. You have your whole life to find those beliefs elsewhere. In the time you spend with me, you’ll find new skills and a new way of looking at survival and preparedness. As for “Indian skills,” civilizations from around the world developed the same technology thousands of years ago. Primitive skills are not just “Indian skills.”

How many hours of instruction are in each course?
Depending on the course or clinic, the hours will vary. I generally like to jam pack each day with as much instruction as possible. Some groups have opted to take working lunches to extend teaching time and I’m all for it! On an all day course, I typically start around 8 or 9 am and teach until 12. Lunch is generally a half hour to an hour then instruction goes from 1 to 5 or 6pm. Dinner is served then the evening session is conducted. This session will last as long as you do!

Kevin Estela Wilderness EducationWhat gear do you recommend bringing on your courses?
I recommend bringing gear that covers the 10 essential needs. Note I did not say 10 essential items. Bring what you feel is necessary to cover the following needs (in no particular order)
1. Cutting Tools
2. Fire Starters
3. Water Bottle/Cup
4. First-Aid needs
5. Signaling
6.Cordage
7. Trapping, fishing, snaring and other food procurement needs
8. Illumination devices
9. Shelter from the elements
10. Navigation needs

What are the age limits for students?
For most courses, students should be 18 years of age or older. Those under 18 can be accompanied by a paying parent or guardian. Given the nature of the material presented, supervision is absolutely necessary.

Who takes your courses?
Past students of EWE courses have included police officers, bankers, teachers, salesmen, social workers, construction workers, electricians, doctors and even a Hollywood producer. All walks of life have taken classes and all are welcome.

Can I take photos and video?
Absolutely! Nothing is censored and I will never hide anything from my students. You are free to take as many photos as you want and film anything. All students must sign a photo release in exchange for taking these photos with conditions outlined therein.

Kevin Estela Wilderness EducationWhere do you offer courses? 
Courses are offered in various locations in New England. I have access to land in both Mass. and Maine. If you have a piece of land and are willing to host a seminar or course, I will gladly travel to your location. Whenever possible, I try to host seminars and courses here in Connecticut and feature some of Connecticut’s great scenery and nature as our classroom.

Why do your courses cost what they do?
Course cost is equivalent if not better than other similar survival/wilderness/outdoors education programs. Depending on the course, food may be included and this is part of the cost you pay. Also, course materials and transportation fees are included in the cost. Finally, there is value in what I teach and the skills I pass down are priceless once learned.

Do you have professional references?
I have many former students who will gladly vouch for my ability as an instructor. I also have photographs of former courses taught going back to 2007 for survival and the early 2000’s for canoeing/kayaking guiding and instructing. A simple internet search of my  name will also reveal many product reviews, videos, articles and related media. Unlike some other outdoor “professionals”, I have nothing to hide and gladly invite potential students to inquire about my background and experience. If necessary, please contact me and I will forward you the names of professionals in various fields who will speak to my character, methods and course offerings.

What gear or products do you recommend?
This list can be quite extensive. Off the top of my head,

Knives from Bark River Knife and Tool, Victorinox and Benchmade
Flashlights from Surefire
Packs, bags and pouches from both Kifaru and Eagle Industries
Compasses by Suunto or Brunton
Clothing by Mountain Khakis, Filson and Patagonia
Boots by Danner and shoes by Salomon
Emergency and First Aid products by Adventure Medical Kits
Canoes by Old Town and Wenonah
Axes by Gransfors Bruks and Iltis Oxhead
Firesteels by Light My Fire

How can I pay for your courses?
I accept PayPal to Estelawildernesseducation@gmail.com, Cash and checks made out to Estela Wilderness Education or Kevin Estela.

Can you review a knife/product for me? How does that process work?
I will absolutely consider reviewing a product for a maker or manufacturer. I also reserve the right to refuse to review a product. Product reviews can be written for websites or submitted to any of my publishers for magazine print. Written reviews will be between 500 and 1500 words. Reviews can also be in the form of a brief unedited testimony on YouTube. Any product sent for review will be kept for school or personal use once the review is complete. Additional compensation for reviews will be determined by the value of the product. In general, the maker/manufacturer submits a request, I will approve or refuse, the product is shipped out, I will review the product (approximately 1 month to 6 months testing/evaluation) and the review is submitted. Any negative feedback is sent privately and the maker/manufacturer will have the chance to address it before the review is made public.