The Art of Fire: Essential Skills


$30 for REI Members

$50 for non-members

Registration closed


  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 7 people

Think you have what it takes to survive? Fire can be a lifeline for any survival situation, not to mention the keystone for your camping trip. Fire building and tending is part science and part art form. During this field outing, you will learn valuable skills and techniques including fire safety, tinder gathering, fire building and starting, tending and maintaining. Anyone can light a fire under the right conditions, but we are here to help you go beyond that in mastering this primitive skill.

  • Learn fire safety
  • Tips for tinder gathering, fire building and starting
  • How to tend and maintain a fire
  • Fire related Leave no Trace ettiquette

What to bring with you


The class will be held at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Lake Haigler Entrance. Participants are responsible for transportation to the class location. An email with more details will be sent to registered participants the week of class. There will be a $5 entry fee to the Greenway for participants unless individual has an Anne Springs Close Greenway membership, then entry is free.

Map image of Anne Springs Close Greenway: Lake Haigler

More directions and information

Anne Springs Close Greenway, a 2,100 acre nature preserve with over 40 miles of trails, is a REI Charlotte multiple year grant recipient.