Santa Cruz Wilderness Adventure

Learn Indigenous Survival Tracking Skills in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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About This Experience

General Information hide

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live off of the land? During this adventure gift, you discover how our ancestors lived in harmony with nature in this Wilderness Skills and Survival Clinic in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Set among the beautiful redwoods of Santa Cruz, this one day Wilderness Skills Clinics are a great way to get back to nature! During the Clinic, your Guide will teach you basic necessities like building a shelter, making fire and native style traps, and much more! Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to practice the skills you learn as you build a shelter, make fire and experience first-hand several other indigenous wilderness skills.

Whether you are a back-country hiker, a camper or simply like to take strolls in the park, being able to read the landscape and understand your local environment makes every trip into the outdoors exciting!

Where It's Located hide

  • Boulder Creek, California

Who Is Included hide

The Santa Cruz Wilderness Adventure Experience Gifts Certificate is for one participant. There will be up to thirty total participants in the clinic.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests or spectators.

When It Is Offered hide

The Santa Cruz Wilderness Adventures are offered up to three times per month year-round, subject to availability. The clinic typically begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.

How Long Is It hide

The Santa Cruz Wilderness Adventure Clinics have a clinic length of 5 hours and a total duration of approximately 5½ hours.

Weather hide

The Wilderness Clinics may be rescheduled by the Instructor due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather. If the clinic is cancelled by the Instructor, it may be rescheduled for a mutually convenient alternative date.

What To Wear hide

Please wear flexible and comfortable clothing appropriate for the outdoors.

Additional Information hide

No experience is necessary. All Instructors are experienced survivalists and naturalists. Instructors are with the students at all times.

Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.


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Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Santa Cruz Wilderness Adventure Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


Adventure Out is one of the leading outdoor specialists in California, specializing in all things outdoors! They offer expert tuition from professional guides and instructors in all sorts of activities, including everything from surfing to survival expeditions. We recently had a chat with them to find out more about them and their exciting company!

Hey there! Please could you tell us a bit about the history of the company and how the experiences began?

Adventure Out started with a simple mission statement: to help people fall back in love with nature. We believe some of the most important environmental work that can be done is to get people outside, active, and interacting with our natural environment – we accomplish this with adventure. All our classes are instructional and teach activities, skills, and environmental ethics. I founded the company over 10 years ago, to offer these experiences to California with the utmost professionalism and service. We now work with over 5000 people every year.

Surfing and Archery

You’re spreading an important message for nature then. What would you say is the best thing about the experiences you offer?

We are a professional guide service. We are not the surf school that hires local high-school surfers, or climbing school that has new inexperienced guides teaching classes. All our guides and instructors are college educated, licensed and certified in their guiding field, and trained to provide the best experience possible.

You really are experts in all things outdoors! What do you think makes your excursions different to others?

All our instructors have 10 years’ experience or more.  Experience, experience, experience.  We are the top outdoor adventure guide service in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mountain BikingWould you say your experiences are suitable for everyone?

Yes, we have programs for all ages, all walks of life. All our programs are customized to suit individuals needs and we can tailor them to adults, kids, or families.

What’s your personal favorite thing about the experiences?

I absolutely love to see people’s firsts. Someone’s first wave as a surfer, first climb as a climber, first fire-by-friction in our survival class. I see smiles, wide-eyes, and people learning new things in the outdoors every day. It is unparalleled.

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