Workshops & Classes


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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.

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

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 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.

May 18, 2018 Saturday Workshop: Edible Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea on Whidbey Island. $95 plus harvesting license.

June 9, 2019 Sunday Workshop: Sustainable Home & Gardens – Living on an Acre in Puyallup WA. $45-$65.

June 15, 2019 Saturday Workshop: Paleo & Veggie Lifestyles in Puyallup WA. $95 includes dinner.