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, and note that this workshop already has quite a few people enrolled so register asap or choose our 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 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
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 Ancient Artisan including Leather Hide-Tanning and Making Bows, Arrows & At-Latls at Lake Sammamish. $95 includes all materials.

August 4, 2018 Saturday Workshop Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers in Carnation WA. $95 with special guest instructor.

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.

October 27, 2018: THE WOLF GATHERING Skillshare Rendezvous near Puyallup WA by donation to our scholarship fund of $95 per adult, $45 per accompanied child.

November 10, 2018 Saturday Workshop Trailing & Photographing Animals in Elk Country at Three Forks Natural Area near Snoqualmie WA. $65-$75.


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.