Thaw & Saw Forestry Weekend

2020 Dates to be Determined...

Details of Thaw & Saw Forestry weekend


  Thaw and Saw is a combined winter comfort and safety course that will be led by Taylor Moorefield and Raleigh Avery. Taylor will teach layering, best materials for clothes, tips/tricks, winter fire building, and shelter ideas. Raleigh will be teaching chainsaw use/safety and forestry skills like evaluating and felling trees, dealing with storm damage and more. We’ll teach the attendees how to be comfy and safe outdoors working in the cold, then apply the skills by cutting up the recent downed trees at TI and processing them onsite.



Available Spaces: limited to 10 adults (no unchaperoned minors)

Cost: $175 online, $150 by postal mail (hot meals & overnight rustic lodging included)

Cancellations: non-refundable deposit (1/2 of total) is retained for all cancellations

Road Conditions: 1.5 miles off-road gravel - watch the video(link is external)

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - Base camp at Turtle Island Preserve is just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit



How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $175 online w/ credit card by clicking the yellow "Buy Now" button - then email these forms to: 


Option 2: Pay $150 w/ check or money order by Postal Mail - print and enclose these formsto:

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Thaw & Saw WeekendRogers Cabin - open air wood floor overnight shelter

2683 Little Laurel Road

Boone, NC 28607



After You've Registered:

Driving Directions

What to Bring on overnight stays

CRITICAL Orientation Info



ATTENTION ALL VISITORS: Read Before Entering - Be aware that Turtle Island Preserve is NOT LIABLE for your safety, health or any impairment of it. Enter at your own risk. Your presence represents your acknowledgement that you accept full liability for any damage to you/your children’s person or property. This applies to everyone on the premises or associated with Turtle Island Preserve programs.

WARNING:Under North Carolina law, a farm animal activity sponsor or farm animal professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in farm animal activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of farm animal activities. Chapter 99E of The North Carolina General Statutes.

WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, There Is No Liability For An Injury To Or Death Of A Participant In An Agritourism Activity Conducted At This Agritourism Location If Such Injury Or Death Results From The Inherent Risks Of The Agritourism Activity. Inherent Risks Of Agritourism Activities Include, Among Others, Risks Of Injury Inherent To Land, Equipment, And Animals, As Well As The Potential For You To Act In A Negligent Manner That May Contribute To Your Injury Or Death. You Are Assuming The Risk Of Participating In This Agritourism Activity.