New River CTC offers wilderness survival classes

[LEWISBURG, W.Va.] Enhance your outdoor survival skills and knowledge in one-day classes on wilderness survival and wild edible foraging at New River Community and Technical College’s Greenbrier Valley Campus, Lewisburg. 

Students will receive expert instruction in building fires, creating traps and snares, establishing shelter, foraging for food, finding and purifying water, and making ropes and twine. 

Instructor W. Todd Longanacre is the Park Superintendent/Park Ranger for the WV Division of Natural Resources at Moncove Lake State Park in Gap Mills, WV. He is a former Army paratrooper and a 29-year combat veteran of the United States Army with multiple overseas tours.  Major Longanacre retired from the military in May 2015 and relocated back to West Virginia. He holds two undergraduate degrees, one in forestry and the other in biology with an emphasis in the natural sciences, and a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior.

The one-day wilderness survival class will be offered on five dates: October 12 and 26 and November 2, 16 and 30. The cost is $95. 

New River CTC’s Workforce Education Division provides community education classes and employable educational opportunities including noncredit courses, workforce development programs and customized training.

For more information about community education classes at New River CTC or to register contact Gloria Kincaid at or Jeanne Stone at

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).

Last updated on: Oct. 2, 2017