Conservation College Board Board of Directors – Founding Meeting & Application

Founding Meeting: January 27, 2018;
Final Application Deadline: January 14th

Wolf Camp Transitional Advisory Board
Conservation College Board of Directors

We have received almost a dozen wonderful applications for the Conservation College Board of Directors, and are ready to found the new non-profit organization at a meeting scheduled for January 27th, 2018. Special thanks for the board application template developed by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative which was also looking for members to serve on its new board of directors.

After 20 years of running Wolf Camp and the Conservation College as a sole proprietorship, founder Chris Chisholm and co-owner Kim McKillip Chisholm are ready to turn over the reigns of leadership to the Wolf Camp community. Now serving 1,000 students per year with summer camps and weekend workshops for all ages, Wolf Camp has engendered deep appreciation and conservation of the environment through its “earth skills education” taught by highly trained outdoor leaders utilizing effective risk management, as well as fun and collaborative teamwork strategies. Similar to transitions made by founders of other unfaltering summer camps over the past century, our vision is that this unique earth skills educational enterprise last in perpetuity.

A new board of directors will decide whether to expand its vision for the Conservation College from running summer camps and periodic weekend workshops, to become an accredited technical school offering degree programs to all ages of student throughout the year. Departments could include Cultural Conservation (traditional craftwork and wilderness skills), Plant Conservation (ethnobotany – use of wild edible and medicinal plants), Wildlife Conservation (tracking the animal kingdom) and other departments following a curriculum of the Neighborhood Naturalist, Traditional Herbalist, Wildlife Tracker, Survival Scout, Ancient Artisan, Honorable Hunter, Sustainable Citizen & Environmental Educator.

We are looking for board members who want to take Wolf Camp into the future, keeping the next generation in touch with a healthy life outdoors. For background, please click on the following links:

Conservation College Board of Directors: Duties will include responsibility and care for the organization and the students it serves. The board of directors is tasked with refining the vision for the organization, providing guidance and oversight to ensure its continued success, hiring and supporting the Executive Director, promoting inclusion, establishing policies to guide, outreach and exercising influence to leverage partnership and resource, and ensuring the procurement and effective management of resources. Terms for the Conservation College Board of Directors will begin in January, 2018. The initial board size is proposed to start with 6 members serving 2 year terms, and 6 members serving 1 year terms to be reelected/replaced at the end of 2018 (the projected date of purchasing Wolf Camp from Chris & Kim) for rotating 2 year terms.

To be eligible for the Conservation College Board of Directors, you must regularly live or work within the State of Washington, but citizenship is not required. Time commitment is estimated to be 8 hours per month including board meetings, committee meetings, trainings and event preparation. Onsite childcare will be made available with Wolf Camp staff. Board Members may include people with experience as community organizers, environmentalists, attorneys, accountants, administrators, fundraisers, educators, craftsmen, herbalists, bridge-builders, networkers, strategic thinkers and planners, farmers and sportsmen, small business people, scientists and conservationists, wolf lovers and more.

The Wolf Camp Transition Advisory Board: This ad-hoc group will have no defined eligibility requirements or legal decision-making powers. Kim & Chris Chisholm are willing to serve on this board and facilitate communication during the transition period. Advisory board members will primarily communicate by phone and email, but also be expected to attend Conservation College board meetings whenever possible, starting at the Wolf Gathering, September 9, 2017 and lasting until the new non-profit organization takes ownership of Wolf Camp.


January: Elect initial board members, file a business license in Issaquah, non-profit articles of incorporation with the WA Secretary of State and Charities Division.
February: Choose by-laws consistent with those needed to file as a 501(c)3 federally tax-exempt non-profit organization. Draft by-laws will be presented by the Advisory Board at the January meeting.
Spring: File with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and draft a budget for 2019 and make recommendations to Chris & Kim regarding the 2018 schedule, expenditures, staffing, etc. with an eye toward a smooth transition.
Summer: Do fundraising and outreach for hiring a prospective Executive Director, and observe how Wolf Camp operates in season. Campfire fundraisers will be scheduled for June 30 in Puyallup, July 25 at Lake Sammamish, August 25 at Lake Sammamish, and on October 27 at the Wolf Gathering in Puyallup.
Fall: Elect additional board members to two-year terms and begin negotiation with Chris & Kim for the a sale agreement (outright purchase, pension, or work/merit-based compensation) of Wolf Camp.
2019-20: Take over Wolf Camp with an eye toward developing an expanded Conservation College vision for academic year degree programs.


If you have any questions, please call Chris Chisholm at 425-248-0253. Otherwise, please email the following information to us by January 14th. Founding meeting will take place on January 27th, 2018 at the Kent Library.

  1. Name:
  2. Are you applying for the Conservation College Board of Directors, or the Wolf Camp Transition Advisory Board?
  3. Which of the following locations are feasible for you to attend quarterly meetings? Olympia, Puyallup, Bellevue, Everett
  4. What is your connection to Wolf Camp’s mission of sharing earth skills education? (Why are you interested in serving on the board? Why are you passionate about Wolf Camp?)
  5. What skills and previous experience do you have that is relevant to participating on a non-profit board? This might include environmental education, legal work, community building, administrative experience, other board experiences, non-profit work, government or business experience, conflict resolution or facilitation training, relevant networks or community connections you bring to the board, etc.
  6. Is it important to you that outdoor education be accessible to people of all financial and cultural statuses? Do you have ideas on how Wolf Camp can become more accessible to wider groups of people? Do you consider yourself a person of color, multinational, immigrant, indigenous, tribal, veteran, differently-abled, targeted religious minority, low income issues, rural life, inner-city resident, active senior, young adult or other member of a group often underrepresented on boards?
  7. If you have a LinkedIn or Facebook page you would like to share with us to know more about you, please paste the URL here:
  8. Photo & Short Biography including any degrees/certifications/trainings you would like considered or noted on future board website page:
  9. Do you have any additional information you would like us to know about you, or questions or concerns we can address?

After receiving your application, we will email you a password to view our web page detailing the financial history of Wolf Camp and its projected budget for 2018.