15 Bushcraft Activities For The Urban Survivalist

Urban Bushcraft? Yes, It’s Possible!

The concrete jungle is not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about bushcraft, and many would say that asphalt and subdivisions are the full reversal of bushcraft. But there are some options to take advantage of.

For a city slicker who longs to escape their suburban dwelling, bushcraft may seem like a remote, distant option. But with a bit of creative thinking, bushcraft is always close at hand.

These skills can be honed in the most unlikely locations, even in your own neighborhood or city.

15 Bushcraft Activities For The Urban Survivalist

1. Camping

Camping is the best way to hone your bushcraft skills. You can get experience setting up a shelter, learning the skills of fire craft, learn to identify edible plants and how to cook over an open fire. Google search for local camp sites or simply camp out in your own back yard.

Your local Parks & Wildlife office can suggest little known or remote places for you make camp in your area.

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2. Knife Skills

Being proficient and safe with your knife is of vital importance for a survivalist. You can practice these skills by carving and whittling around the house, in the garage or back yard.

If you are thinking about buying a survival knife, I suggest you read my article on How to Choose the Right Survival Knife first.

3. Tying Knots

Knowing how to tie a variety of knots is a valuable bushcraft skill. From shelter construction to fishing, knots are an important aspect of bushcraft.

Rope, and the ability to use it are essential skills for the survivalist. Whether making an improvised weapon to procure a meal or lashing together a raft to float to safety, tying knots is a skill that can be practiced anywhere.

4. Fishing

Fishing may not seem high on the priority list of bushcraft skills, but it is a means of outdoor survival. The subtle nuances of fishing are considered primitive skills, and understanding these skills means you know how to acquire a source of food should the need ever arise.

5. Canoeing/Kayaking

Getting out onto the water can offer the survivalist a chance to put many skills to use. From food preparation, water purification, edible plant identification to first aid, a trip down the river is a great time to improve your bushcraft skills.

6. Archery

Archery is becoming very popular these days, and with that there are plenty of indoor archery ranges to take advantage of. These ranges offer you the opportunity to become more proficient at a skill that could prove to be life saving in a survival situation, and one that you may not be able to perform in your own back yard

7. Rock Climbing Gym

A rock climbing gym is a great place to practice and learn knots and proper safety guidelines when ascending or descending a rock face. Understanding how to use ropes and harnesses safely is a valuable bushcraft and survival skill. It is also a fun way to keep you fit and active.

8. Firing Range

Time out at a shooting range helps you fine tune your hunting and self defense skills with a firearm, as well as gun safety for yourself and your family. Many ranges offer rentals on a wide range of firearms, including .50 caliber rifles and fully automatic machine guns. Fun Times!

9. Primitive Traps

Primitive trapping is an art unto itself. These skills take a lot of time to master. Do not wait until your next meal depends on a successful trap to learn these skills. This is also a great way to hone your knife skills and knife safety as well.

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10. Primitive Fire Skills

As with primitive trapping, primitive fire skills take a long time to master and you do not want to wait until your survival depends on fire to start learning primitive fire skills.

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11. Flint Napping

Flint napping is an ancient and valuable skill for the survivalist. You can practice your flint napping skills just about anywhere. However, do make sure you have a tarp under your work area to catch the razor sharp pieces you will be creating.

You can use flint, chert, quarts and even glass bottle bottoms to practice your flint napping skills.

12. Weaving

Weaving is an important bushcraft skill. A solid understanding of weaving techniques allows you to create baskets, fishing traps, blankets and even a main backpack if need be.

13. CERT Course

Most cities and towns offer free CERT training (Community Emergency Response Teams) This is a great place to learn first aid and emergency preparedness skills. Once certified you will be an ongoing member of the neighborhood emergency response team, and will have continuous training provided by experts in their respective fields.

14. Hiking

A hike through a local park or around the outskirts of town is a great chance to practice identifying local edible plants. As well as learning how to properly stow the gear in your pack. An improperly packed backpack is a disaster waiting to happen.

Another skill to hone while hiking is tracking. Learning to track local wild animals is a challenging, yet rewarding and valuable bushcraft skill.

15. Bike Riding

I know, how does riding a bike fit in here you ask. Well, sometimes we just need to get outside and breath some fresh air. And riding a bike is a great way to get outside and stay active.


You may think you have to spend a considerable amount of money or drive some distance, but many bushcraft skills can be enjoyed closer to home then you think.

With a little imagination, your suburban lifestyle can still provide a means to become more proficient at the ancient art of bushcraft.

I am sure there are many other skills one can practice in an urban environment. Please share your ideas and suggestions in the comment section below.

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