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SECRETS OF THE FOREST,  a Four Volume Series on Returning to Nature by Following the Footsteps of the Cherokee

By Mark Warren, owner of Medicine Bow Wilderness School and winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s “Georgia Conservation Educator of the Year” award, U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and winner of the World Championship Longbow title.



Volume 1: The Magic and Mystery of Plants and The Lore Of Survival: Part one covers 100 plants and their uses as food, medicine, cordage fibers, insect repellency, and craft materials. This study of plants is the essential foundation for a true understanding of the skills that follow. Part two covers shelter-building, water acquisition & purification, primitive cooking, rope-making, baskets, traps & snares. Over 200 hands-on projects.






Volume 2: Calling Up the Flame – the art of creating fire and Feeding the Spirit – storytelling and ceremony: Part one covers match use (for young ones), pyre-building, fuel species, fire-making species, bow-drill, hand-drill, fire-saw, and fire-banking. Part two explores the use of stories and ceremony in creating the whole person. Some of this content is borrowed from Native American philosophy and adapted for contemporary application by all ages. Over 100 hands-on projects!





Volume 3: Eye to Eye with the Animals in the Wild and At Play in the Wild: Part one explores how to approach wild animals as a stalker for observation and the ultimate nature experience. One beautifully photographed chapter reveals the truth about our snakes of the Southeast. Part two reveals adventure games and quiet but fascinating entertainment around the campfire. All of these games – which became Medicine Bow staples – are responsible for countless, fearful young students learning to feel at home in the woods. Over 150 hands-on projects.





Volume 4: The Art of Archery and Other Projectiles and The Blessed Path of Water – lake to whitewater canoeing: Part one covers making and using the sling, throwing-spear, atlatl, throwing-knife, tomahawk and bow & arrow. Most important in this volume is the art of archery – the refined, handed-down techniques for shooting a bow and arrow accurately, consistently. Part two explores the dynamics of the open canoe, beginning on calm water and graduating to whitewater. Over 150 hands-on projects.



Mark has been teaching nature for more than 45 years, and finally he has chronicled all of his original lessons in this series. These books are written with three purposes in mind:

1) To provide clear instructions in primitive survival skills for anyone wanting to better his/her self-sufficiency in wilderness.

2) To offer parents, teachers, Scout leaders, and outdoor educators a guide to engage their students in Nature . . . at a time when our young ones so desperately need this connection, as does Nature itself.

3) To win over a new generation of environmental advocates who will look after this world.

Praise for “Secrets of the Forest:”
“If you’ve ever wondered how to transfer lost knowledge and skills to our next generation, this book series is your guide. Mark is no newcomer in the world of primitive skills and nature study. He’s been passing on his knowledge to young and old for over a half century. I’ve had the pleasure of attending several of his classes in Dahlonega, Georgia. Mark is a walking encyclopedia of earth-lore and the skills required to call Nature home.” ~ Todd Walker from Survival Sherpa (See Todd’s review in Survival Sherpa.)

“Secrets of the Forest is an invaluable teaching tool for my staff at Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center…The content, and breadth of knowledge, contained within the pages is a true gift to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the natural world and really nurtures a connection with the earth!” ~Nathan Roark, Executive Director Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center

“Mark Warren is an authentic educator who links his vast knowledge of plants and animals to skills necessary for survival, a combination that creates an active and exciting experience for children and adults. The series has begun to take our school in directions we never imagined possible.” ~O.J. Morgan, Head of School at The Bright School, Chattanooga, Tennessee

“Through Mark Warren’s Secrets of the Forest, educators, leaders, stewards, interpreters, learners, and students of connecting with and through nature have access to his spirit, insight, and generosity. These [books] are a ‘must have’ for anyone wanting to inspire, and to be inspired by, ancient wisdom and knowledge based in a deep reverence for the Earth.” ~Joseph A. Pate, PhD Department Chair – Outdoor Leadership Assistant Professor Young Harris College

The “Secrets of the Forest” book series can be found at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, The Cherokee Museum, Mother Earth News Store, and on Mark’s website at


Mark Warren is also author of the 2012 memoir from Lyon’s Press, “Two Winters in a Tipi,”and from Five Star- Gale Cengage, “Adobe Moon” and “Born to the Badge,” the first two books in his historical novel trilogy, “Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey.”


Susan Brown

Publicist for Mark Warren

104 Medicine Bow

Dahlonega, GA 30533


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