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Jack Drury and Mark Wagstaff want to create an electronic edition of The Backcountry Classroom.
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In 1992 Jack Drury and Bruce Bonney created the first edition of The Backcountry Classroom, a field friendly collection of lesson plans for teaching in the outdoors. In 2005 a second edition was published with Dene Berman and Mark Wagstaff that expanded considerably on the original text by providing not only lessons but tools and activities for teaching outdoor leaders as well.

Mark Wagstaff and Jack Drury are now ready to take the next step and provide a field friendly, electronic version of The Backcountry Classroom

Our Goal is twofold: 

  • To create an electronic edition of the 2005 edition of The Backcountry Classroom for ease of field use and, 
  • Initiate the creation of an electronic multimedia version of the book which will include video, interactive tables and the like. (Since we have reached our first goal so quickly let me expand on this. Our stretch goal is to create what will be an e-book/ app that will include interactive video, animation, interactive tables and more. We want to maximize the use of technology in creating a state of the art tool for teaching and learning about wilderness leadership. We are budgeting $1000 a minute for videography. Animation rates start at $1500 per minute and can be well over $15,000 per minute. Although we’ll be budgeting the lower range you get the idea. This stuff is expensive! We hope to use our stretch funding to make at least one sample chapter of this multimedia learning tool.) 

 The first task will require considerable work as converting a “paper” book to an electronic college-level textbook is a more complex process than we anticipated. We have been working with long time Wilderness Education Association colleague Duane Gould in preparing the text. The finished product will allow you to take your electronic reader of choice, iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, or Android device into the field so you can use this valuable resource in the wilderness minus the weight. 

We need $2500 to create the e-book. If we are fortunate to exceed our goal then every extra penny will go into part two of the project which is creating a multi-media version of the book. This is a much bigger and more expensive undertaking as it will require considerable videography, art, and production work. So we hope you will make a contribution now and if you don’t want any of the gifts, that’s okay too. Thanks for supporting our project!

Keep abreast of our progress at: www.backcountryclassroom.net

Autographed book flat cover of the first edition available for a donation of $50
Autographed book flat cover of the first edition available for a donation of $50
A signed Mark Kurtz photo poster for donations of $100
A signed Mark Kurtz photo poster for donations of $100
  
   
Jack Wagstaff's Collage Art available for donations of $175
Jack Wagstaff's Collage Art available for donations of $175
Paul Petzoldt DVD for donations of $250
Paul Petzoldt DVD for donations of $250
Books co-authored by Mark Wagstaff for donations of $500
Books co-authored by Mark Wagstaff for donations of $500

Risks and challenges

Digitizing this book is much more challenging than creating an electronic novel because a book like ours has so many drawings, tables, and other graphics. We have a company that specializes in digitizing books like ours lined up and believe that we have everything in order to make it happen. You never know what obstacles we may encounter but we're confident we'll meet our timeline. We've digitized all the graphics and are organizing everything for conversion and layout into electronic book.

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    An electronic Thank You note from Jack & Mark.

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    A copy of the electronic edition of "The Backcountry Classroom"

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    An autographed copy of a cover flat of the first edition of "The Backcountry Classroom" suitable for framing. The cover flat is basically the book cover, without the book inside.

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    An Adirondack landscape photo poster signed by renowned Adirondack Photographer Mark Kurtz. Mark was the photographer who took the cover photo on the first edition of The Backcountry Classroom.

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    Jack Wagstaff, Mark's father, is an artist who specializes in original botanical collage art. He creates framed images consisting of various plant and seed materials. The frame size is approximately 9"x 9" with an image size of 4.5"x 4.5". For those of you who appreciate artwork from nature, you will enjoy his unique designs.

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    A copy of a DVD produced by Jack of Paul Petzoldt sharing some of his most famous stories told during a visit to North Country Community College in 1992.

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    A copy of the previously mentioned DVD plus a set of books co-authored by Mark Wagstaff. The three books are:
    "Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming"

    "Technical Skills for Adventure Programming: A Curriculum Guide"

    "Introduction to Outdoor Leadership; Theory and Practice"

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    One of the authors will visit you and make a presentation on a topic from the book to a gathering of your choice. (lodging and travel negotiated separately)

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