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Classes & Workshops on Nature & Survival


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The Conservation College offers a variety of classes and workshops throughout the academic year and led by co-directors Kim & Chris Chisholm and other Conservation College Faculty. These are designed to introduce you to a focused topic, or help you continue to improve in an area of personal interest.

Weekend Workshops & Summer Classes: The Conservation College offers a variety of weekend workshops which take place on the following Saturdays in the Tacoma-Puyallup area, and three weeks of summer classes to choose from in Puyallup, Olympia & Lake Sammamish:

July 24-28, 2017 Monday-Friday in Issaquah WA: Morning & Afternoon Classes all week covering many topics. All ages welcome at Lake Sammamish – Hans Jensen Group Camp. $30 per class.

Monday Morning: Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills
Monday Afternoon: Natural Navigation plus Map & Compass
Tues Morning: Wilderness Survival including Best Emergency Shelter
Tues Afternoon: Old School Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel – 
Wed Morning: Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters
Wed Afternoon: Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft
Thu Morning: Backyard Bird Language
Thu Afternoon: Tracking & Trailing Animals
Fri Morning: Rawhide Drums to Leather Pouches: Traditional Animal Hide Crafts

Sept 4, 2017 Trailing & Photographing Animals in Elk Country near Mt Rainier just 45 minutes from Tacoma WA. $45-$65.

Sept 9-10, 2017: THE WOLF GATHERING Fall Equinox Skillshare Rendezvous near Tacoma WA by donation to our scholarship fund of $95 per adult, $65 per accompanied child.

Sept 16, 2017 Sustainable Home & Gardens – Living on an Acre in Puyallup WA by donation to our scholarship fund of $45 per adult, $35 per accompanied child.

October 21, 2017 Harvest & Process Autumn Acorns, Nettles & Rose Hips in Puyallup WA by donation to our scholarship fund of $65 per adult, $45 per accompanied child.

March 10, 2018 Paleo Diet & Lifestyle Workshop in Puyallup WA. $75-$85

March 17, 2018 Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers in Puyallup WA. $65-$75

March 24, 2018 Leather Hide-Tanning & Parfleche Drum Workshop near Tacoma WA. $85-$95

March 31, 2018 Traditional Archery: Making Bows, Arrows & At-Latls in Puyallup WA. $85-$95

April 7, 2018 Backcountry Navigation & Leadership in Puyallup WA. Just $65-$75 and we can only accommodate about 20 participants so try to register by January to secure your spot. It was full by mid March last year.

April 14, 2018 Bird Voices, Wildlife Safety & Awareness, Animal Tracks & Trails toward Mt Rainier just 30 minutes from Tacoma WA. $45-$75 and although geared for adults, is also great for youth when accompanied by enrolled parents.

April 28, 2018 Wolf Trackers Conservation Training: The Teanaway Pack – Prerequisite Required along the Teanaway River near Cle Elum for those who have attended past wildlife programs with us; by donation to our scholarship fund of $95 per person.

May 5, 2018 Wilderness Survival including Bow Drill Fire Making near Tacoma WA. Just $65-$75 so be sure to register early although we can accommodate quite a few participants if Camp Curran and multiple instructors are available.

May 12, 2018 Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making in Puyallup WA. $85-$95 and includes quite a bit of take-home goodies. This workshop usually fills a month in advance so register early.

May 19, 2018 Edible Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea at Deception Pass WA. $95 and please note this workshop filled more than 3 months in advance in 2017 so be sure to register early.

June 23, 2018 Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes near Tacoma WA. $75-$85

Sept 8-9, 2018 Ethno-Ecology & Cybertracker Evaluation Workshops near Tacoma WA with prerequisites. $275.

October 20, 2018 Top 5 Wild Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest Coast near Tacoma WA. $45-$65