Primitive Pursuits

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About us

Wilderness Mentoring with a Mission

Primitive Pursuits offers skills and experiences that create life-long connections with nature. Our staff works in the field year-round, using time-honored mentoring techniques and cutting-edge curriculum.

We have studied with the country's leading naturalist educators and survival skills programs, and have honed our outdoor skills around the world, from Thailand to Tanzania and Alaska to Central America.

We share experience teaching in primary schools and universities as well as other wilderness education programs. Our curriculum has helped to shape college degree programs and is available in print.

Our unique interests include birding, tree lore and cultivation, bow-making, primitive technology, winter survival, permaculture and animal tracking, and what's more is that we all share a passion for teaching skills that strengthen our relationship with wild nature.

With over 40.000 hours of combined outdoor education experience, you will not find a more competent staff anywhere in the Finger Lakes.


Our mission is to steward the health of our community by fostering life-long relationships with the natural world through exceptional mentoring and nature education.


Contact information

Date Founded: 1998

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Phone: 607-272-2292 x195

Fax: 607-272-7088

615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY, 14850, US

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