Classes, Workshops & Summer Expeditions


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The Conservation College offers a variety of classes, workshops and expeditions with 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.

May 12, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making in Puyallup. $85-$95 includes quite a few take-home goodies. WORKSHOP FULL with some exceptions for neighbors and board members. Please see next date of August 18th at Lake Sammamish below.

June 9, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Sustainable Home & Gardens – Living on an Acre in Puyallup WA. $45-$65 depending on past participation and number attending.

June 16, 2018 Saturday Workshop: 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 17, 2018 Sunday Workshop: Paleo & Veggie Lifestyles in Puyallup WA. $95 includes dinner.

June 18-20, 2018 Mon-Tue-Wed: Wilderness First Aid & WCPR Training in Puyallup WA. $225 plus optional meals and camping.

June 23, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes near Tacoma WA. $95 includes use of our gear, bait and tackle.

June 24-29, 2018 Expedition: Backcountry Leadership – Wilderness Conservation, Navigation & Risk Management in sagebrush canyonlands east of Mt. Rainier.

July 1-6, 2018 Training Camp: Teaching Nature: Training for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides at Millersylvania State Park near Olympia.

July 2-6, 2018: Morning & Afternoon Classes or make it an all-week camp covering many topics. All ages welcome in the Tacoma-Puyallup area. $25 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: Tracking & Trailing Animals
Wednesday: Campfire Concert with the legendary Dana Lyons
Thu Morning: Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters
Thu Afternoon: Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft
Fri Morning: Backyard Bird Language
Fri Afternoon: Old School Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel

July 8-13, 2018 Expedition: Wilderness Survival Training & Trek running simultaneously with the advanced Zombie Apocalypse (survival navigation) and Primal Fusion (bushcraft living) with prerequisite.

July 28, 2018 Saturday Workshop The Artisans Workshop including choice of Crafting Natural Fibers for Baskets & Parfleche and Leather Hide-Tanning and Making Bows, Arrows & At-Latls at Lake Sammamish. $85-$95 includes some materials.

August 11, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Wilderness Survival including Bow Drill Fire Making at Lake Sammamish. $85-$95 includes firesteel and bow drill kit materials.

August 18, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making at Lake Sammamish. $85-$95 includes quite a few take-home goodies.

August 25, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Bird Voices, Wildlife Safety & Awareness, Animal Tracks & Trails at Lake Sammamish. $65-$75 includes tour of active bear den, prolific owl pellet tree, big cat scratching post, and more.

September 1, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Backcountry Navigation & Leadership at Lake Sammamish. $65-$75 includes professional hands-on risk management and emergency first aid training.

October 6, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Wild Harvest – Mushrooms, Acorns, Nettles & Rose Hips in Puyallup WA. $65-$75.

October 20, 2018: Run with the Salmon educational fun run/walk/bike fundraiser for the Conservation College tentatively scheduled along the Puyallup Riverwalk & Foothills Trail. Check back in summer for registration information.

November 3, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Trailing & Photographing Animals in Elk Country at Three Forks Natural Area near Snoqualmie WA. $65-$75.

January 12, 2019 Saturday Workshop: Wilderness Survival including Bow Drill Fire Making in Puyallup. $85-$95 includes firesteel and bow drill kit materials.

January 26, 2019 Saturday Workshop: Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers for baskets, bows, arrows, and other projects in Puyallup. $95 including materials.

February 9, 2019 Saturday Workshop: Making Bows, Arrows & At-Latls in Puyallup. $95 plus optional materials.

February 16, 2019: Run with the Swans educational fun run/walk/bike fundraiser for the Conservation College tentatively scheduled along the Skagit River between Burlington – Mt. Vernon – La Conner. Check back in fall for registration information.

February 23, 2019 Saturday Workshop: Traditional Parfleche & Leather Hide-Tanning in Puyallup. $95 plus optional materials.

Apprenticeships

Summer Farm Internship is a residential program running May-Sept and is certified by the Washington State Farm Internship Program. Apply this fall for Summer 2018.

Summer Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark experience over 15 summers. It’s a fast-paced, residential wilderness skills educational training program unique to the field. Apply this fall for Summer 2018.