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Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program
What Children Should Do if They Become Lost in the Woods

When & Where Cost & Seating Limit
Instructors Class Description
Prerequisites & Materials Instructor Bios
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I’m sure his saves number in the thousands
-- Robert Koester, a researcher at the UK-based Kingston University, on the effectiveness of legendary man-tracker Ab Taylor's practical man-tracking seminars and Hug-A-Tree and Survive program presentations. September 18, 2013 issue of the New York Times (New York, New York)


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When:
June 15, 2020
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Where:
Community Room
(Downstairs)
Peter White Public Library (PWPL)
217 North Front Street
Marquette, Michigan 49855
906.228.9510
www.PWPL.com
www.facebook.com/
PeterWhitePublicLibrary


 


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Cost & Seating:
Cost — Free
Participant limit – 150 people
Reservations — none needed



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Lead Instructor

Michael Neiger
Lead Investigator with
Michigan Backcountry Search & Rescue
(MibSAR)
Long Range Special Operations Group
(LRSOG)
Marquette, Michigan
www.MibSAR.com
mneiger@hotmail.com
www.facebook.com/michael.neiger.35

 


 

Guest Instructor:
Todd Theoret
Lead Instructor with
Diversity Wilderness Earth Living
(DWEL)
Marquette, Michigan
www.DiversityWilderness.com
Todd@DiversityWilderness.com
www.facebook.com/DiversityWilderness

 


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Class Description

 
  The official Hug-A-Tree and Survive patch by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)
   
 
  The official Hug-A-Tree and Survive logo by AdventureSmart
   
 
   
 
  Ab Taylor (1924-2013);
30-year U.S. Border Patrol agent; WW II U.S. Navy veteran; legend in the art of man-tracking; author of the Fundamentals of Mantracking: The Essential Manual for Search and Rescue Trackers; and developer of the Hug-A-Tree and Survive program.
   
 

  The National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) logo
   
 
  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

This class is based on the highly-successful Hug-A-Tree and Survive program and is intended to introduce parents and their children -- particularly those between 5 and 11 (kindergarteners to fifth graders) -- to a few basic, but vital, survival skills.

  • What a child should do when lost.
  • What a child should not do when lost.
  • Basic items a child should carry in his or her pockets.
  • How a child should use these items when lost.

Hopefully, these select, outdoors skills will reduce a child's chances of becoming lost in the woods, and if they do become lost, help them survive until search-and-rescue teams can locate them.

The innovative Hug-A-Tree and Survive program was originally developed by Ab Taylor -- a 30-year U.S. Border Patrol agent and legend in the art of man-tracking -- after the shocking 1981 death of nine-year-old Jimmy Beveridge.

Jimmy became lost while hiking with his brothers along a popular nature trail in the woods of Mount Palomar, north of San Diego, California. Over 400 searchers combed the area for four days until he was found near the base of a tree, two miles from the campground he and his family were staying at. Sadly, Jimmy had succumbed to hypothermia in the cold, wet woods before searchers arrived.

The material presented in this class is drawn largely from the innovative Hug-A-Tree and Survive program as developed in the United States by the National Association Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and in Canada by AdventureSmart under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The class will include:

  • a video;
  • PowerPoint presentation;
  • discussion;
  • hands-on demonstration;
  • and free, instructional, 20-page coloring-books for participants to help parents reinforce basic survival behaviors with their children at home, long after the class is over.

-- Michael Neiger, Lead Instructor, e-mail

AdventureSmart's 20-page Hug-A-Tree and Survive coloring book will be given to participants for free to help parents reinforce basic survival behaviors with their children at home, long after the class if over.

 


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Prerequisites & Materials

Prerequisites

 
   

There are no prerequisites to participate in this class, other than agreeing to follow the library's code of conduct.

Materials needed

Participants do not need to bring anything other than perhaps paper and pencil for notes.


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About the Instructors

Michael Neiger

   
 
  Michael Neiger

Michael Neiger lives along the south shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan.

He was formerly a Det./Sgt. with the Michigan State Police (MSP) in Detroit and Marquette for 26 years, and is currently the Lead Investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue's (MibSAR's) Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG), which he founded in 2008

 
  Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR)

Through his SOG, he investigates long-term-missing (LTM) cases and cold-case homicides in the bush between the Upper Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean in Canada.

All of his searches, investigations, consults, wilderness skills classes, and wilderness trips are free.

 
  Michael Neiger working the Canadian Bush with a map and compass

Michael has paddled solo from the Lake Superior area to the Arctic Ocean in Canada, and he has skied solo -- without resupply or support -- from the end of the northernmost plowed road in Ontario, Canada to Lower Hudson Bay on the Arctic Ocean.

The author of numerous Upper Great Lakes area hiking guidebooks, he has organized and led 100's of search and rescue operations as well as backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and caving trips and expeditions in the bush between the Upper Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean in Canada.

 
  The National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) patch

Michael is certified by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) as a SAR Tech I and Crew Leader -- the top, two, field-deployable, search-and-rescue certifications offered by NASAR -- and holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University. His website is www.MibSAR.com and his Facebook page is www.facebook.com/michael.neiger.35. You can contact him via email at mneiger@hotmail.com.

Todd Theoret

   
 
  Todd Theoret
Marquette, Michigan

Todd Theoret lives along the south shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan.

He is a mechanic at U.P. Off Road & Performance in Negaunee, Michigan, and lead instructor at Diversity Wilderness Earth Living (DWEL), which he founded.

 
  Diversity Wilderness Earth Living

He has been an investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue's (MibSAR's) Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG), working long-term-missing (LTM) cases and cold-case homicides in the bush between the Upper Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean in Canada, since 2011.

He was raised off-the-grid in the remote bush of northern Luce County in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For nine years, he skied four miles to reach the nearest plowed road, and much further to make a phone call.

His expedition partners appreciate his bush skills, including his ability to start a fire in foul weather, navigate through tangled bush, and gather wild foods at will -- he can identify upwards of 100 edibles in the bush.

 
  The logo for Tom Brown, Jr's, Tracker School in Waretown, New Jersey
   
 
  Debris Hut

Todd has studied extensively at the Tracker School's primitive camp in New Jersey under the tutelage of it's founder -- Tom Brown, Jr. -- one of America's foremost trackers and a renowned wilderness survival expert.

He has completed the Tracker School's:

  • 7-day Standard Wilderness Survival and Tracker class,
  • 7-day Advanced Wilderness Survival and Tracking class,
  • the school's 7-day Advanced Tracking and Awareness class.

    During his last two back-to-back classes, Todd constructed a debris hut, and then proceeded to live in it for nearly two weeks.
 
  Todd Theoret negotiating the Arctic Ocean ice sheet on the Moose River Estuary during the 15-day 2019 Arctic Ocean Expedition

Todd has also completed a number of arduous wilderness adventures -- without resupply or support -- including a 2013 8-day coastal backpacking expedition to Canada's seldom-visited Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior. Insertion and extraction were by the venerable RC Anderson, a Canadian commercial fishing tug.

In 2019, he completed a 15-day snowshoe-and-ski expedition down a remote Canadian river -- without resupply or support -- to the Arctic Ocean's Lower Hudson Bay. Insertion and extraction on the muskeg were by the Polar Bear Express, a flag-stop bush train.

His website is www.DiversityWilderness.com and his Facebook pages are www.facebook.com/ToddTheoretDWEL and www.facebook.com/DiversityWilderness. You can contact him via email at Todd@DiversityWilderness.com.

 


 

Nature never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
-- Thomas H. Huxley, 1825-1895
A Liberal Education, 1868
Thomas Henry Huxley was an English biologist and anthropologist specializing in comparative anatomy. He is known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

 

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thank a Teacher;
If you've been able to read this Web page in English...
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-- Author unknown

Copyright © 1984-2020 by Michael A. Neiger

Contact Michael Neiger via e-mail at mneiger@hotmail.com

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