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OJT at the Teaching Nature – Professional Training for Outdoor Educators

My OJT Experience by Ben Kleiber

Teachers training week at Wolf Camp and the Conservation College is full of preparing for classes and rapid-fire teaching full of information. It can be stressful at times but ends up being the most valuable week of the summer.

Working with all ages for a week gives an entirely different sense of how to teach and interact with kids than almost any other experience. Being with the kids for upwards of six hours a day and teaching them entirely new skills also allows all the Wolf Camp instructors to improve their teaching skills . . . → Read More: OJT at the Teaching Nature – Professional Training for Outdoor Educators

Survivors Side of the Mountain – Wilderness Survival Training & Trek

FOR 100 PICTURES FROM THIS WEEK SEE OUR FACEBOOK ALBUM. THIS POST BY RACHEL EDWARDS, SUMMER TEACHING APPRENTICE…

The first overnight camp of the summer was survival week. The kids came to either be a part of the introduction to survival or to go on the advanced survival trek out on your own away from base camp. To learn these skills is why I came to Wolf Camp, so I was excited to venture out for my first survival trek. I was a bit nervous because I knew nothing about the art of survival but would not be in . . . → Read More: Survivors Side of the Mountain – Wilderness Survival Training & Trek

McCollum Park Day Campers Learn Wilderness Survival, Wildlife Tracking, Wild Edibles and Herbal Medicine

THIS POST BY RACHEL EDWARDS, SUMMER TEACHING APPRENTICE WHO ASSISTED THE HERBAL DAY CAMP. FOR BLOG POSTINGS ON THE TRACKING & SURVIVAL DAY CAMPS, PLUS 150 PICTURES FROM THIS WEEK, SEE OUR NORTH SOUND MEETUP SEATTLE SITE.

Herbal Day Campers

This week I assisted Megan, the lead herbal instructor with the herbal day camp held in Everett, WA, north of Seattle. We had an awesome group of young girls to teach the ways of the herbalist. Being an herbalist myself made this a super fun camp to be a part of. I enjoyed Megan’s energy and it was nice to . . . → Read More: McCollum Park Day Campers Learn Wilderness Survival, Wildlife Tracking, Wild Edibles and Herbal Medicine

Wilderness Survival Classes co-sponsored by Portland Hikers, Seattle Backpackers & Kitsap Outdoors

We held our Wilderness Survival class at several locations this past month. The majority (if not all) of each class was spent outside which was an effective way to safely illustrate the importance of preparing oneself mentally for a survival situation. We started each evening by teaching everyone how to make strong rope out of raffia. Though one won’t find raffia growing in the Pacific Northwest (it’s from a palm tree!), it’s one of the easiest fibers to use when learning the reverse wrap process. Each class progressed differently based upon the location, timing and student’s interests but generally we . . . → Read More: Wilderness Survival Classes co-sponsored by Portland Hikers, Seattle Backpackers & Kitsap Outdoors

Stone Age Artisans and the Wolf Journey Arts & Music Overnight Camps

FOR 100 PICTURES FROM THIS WEEK SEE OUR FACEBOOK ALBUM. THIS POST BY RACHEL EDWARDS, SUMMER TEACHING APPRENTICE

Lead Insructor Andrew Twele and I with Hide Ready to Tan

This was the week of Stone Age Artisans and the Wolf Journey Arts & Music Camp at Dash Point State Park in Federal Way. We had a huge campsite to ourselves and eleven kids came to share in the fun of making useful things the stone age way. Andrew Twele was the lead instructor for this camp and I was assisting him. Andrew has many skills and was an excellent teacher . . . → Read More: Stone Age Artisans and the Wolf Journey Arts & Music Overnight Camps

Wildlife Tracking & Bird Language and Wild Edibles & Herbal Medicine Overnight Youth Camps

FOR 100 PICTURES FROM THIS WEEK SEE OUR FACEBOOK ALBUM. THIS POST BY RACHEL EDWARDS, SUMMER TEACHING APPRENTICE

The week of tracking and herbal overnight camp at Millersylvania State Park near Olympia included some epic adventures and lots of learning about the ways of the plants and animals.

Gathering Yarrow at the Wolf Haven Oak-Prairie Mima Mounds Leading the Group in Yoga Studying the Wolves at Wolf Haven Rare Mexican Wolves at Wolf Haven Practicing Animal Forms is Key to Understanding Tracks To learn the art of tracking you must first learn to become the animal you are tracking. . . . → Read More: Wildlife Tracking & Bird Language and Wild Edibles & Herbal Medicine Overnight Youth Camps

Secrets of the Ancient Scout Overnight Youth Camp

FOR 100 PICTURES FROM THIS WEEK SEE OUR FACEBOOK ALBUM. THIS POST BY RACHEL EDWARDS, SUMMER TEACHING APPRENTICE

Kim and I ready for All-Night Capture The Flag

This week was spent on the Olympic Peninsula learning the ways of the scout. Patrick was the instructor for the camp and Kim and I assisted him. I loved the energy of this week and all the fun activities we got to do. The way of the scout is about awareness, service, integrity, community, and stealth. This week included the elements of practicing moving invisibly through the forest, being aware of what’s going . . . → Read More: Secrets of the Ancient Scout Overnight Youth Camp

Earth Skills Teachers Training week plus Day Camps at Wolf Haven

Me at the Stove with Salve & Tea while Practice Teaching on Live Students!

This week was the first day camp of the summer and also training week for instructors. The way that the week was set up was each instructor taught either one morning session or one afternoon session that week, while the other instructors observed in order to give feedback at the end of each day to help us learn how to be the most effective teachers we can be. The day camp was held Monday through Friday at Wolf Haven Wolf Sanctuary outside of Olympia. Wolf . . . → Read More: Earth Skills Teachers Training week plus Day Camps at Wolf Haven

The Life of a Wolf Camp Apprentice

Rachel Edwards with Yarrow

Rachel Edwards with cedar bark fire tinder.

Greetings. My name is Rachel Edwards and I have just begun the Wolf Camp Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship. I just drove up from California where I have been living in San Luis Obispo working as a naturalist at a residential outdoor school for fifth and sixth graders. I learned about Wolf Camp in 2007 while living in Seattle going to college. Being a lover of the great outdoors and the desire to live in harmony and deeply connected with all our beautiful earth has to offer has called me to want to . . . → Read More: The Life of a Wolf Camp Apprentice