Special Week of Camps & Classes

Kick off the summer at any or all of our special week of classes and camps in Puyallup!

FAQs for June 22-26, 2015:

Where do I find the itineraries and descriptions for classes this week? The class titles (below) are very descriptive, so you will understand the subject matter from the titles. Further, our classes this week are being designed and taught by Wolf College instructors-in-training under direct supervision of Kim & Chris Chisholm who will make sure that the classes provide you with generous information, hands-on experiential learning, and heart-felt inspiration.

How Do I Register? To reserve space in any of the following classes, RSVP at our South Sound Meetup Site.

Who May Register? All ages may register for the classes, although youth must be accompanied by an adult.

What Do the Classes Cost? $15-$25 per person payable at the end of class, based on your financial situation and your level of satisfaction with class.

Why are classes being set up this way for this week only? Other courses happening simultaneously the week of June 22-27, 2014 are: Teaching Nature Professionally course for adult students as well as teen counselors in training. The two-hour classes listed below and happening throughout the week are designed to provide “live students” for participants in our Teaching Nature Professionally course to teach to. Thus, the after-class payment based on your level of satisfaction:)

Monday, June 22, 2015 – Wilderness Survival: Shelter & Fire

10:00-12:00 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL INCLUDING BEST EMERGENCY SHELTERThe world can be a dangerous place sometimes; one never knows when they may end up in a survival situation.  This class seeks to give you a run down on all the skills needed for any short term survival event, whether that is a day hike gone wrong, a disaster emergency or a fun two hour class for the whole family. Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

2:00-4:00 OLD SCHOOL FIRE MAKING INCLUDING BOW DRILL & FIRE STEELWe will walk you through the best way to make a fire and view a variety of materials to see how they burn as tinder. We will start the bow drill portion of the workshop by reflecting the symbolism of the parts of the bow drill kit, and you will realize why this method of fire-by-friction was preferred (and superior even to matches) for lighting fires in cold and wet climates. It should only take 10 seconds to create a coal if your kit is well constructed. Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – Wild Plants, Ethnobotany & Herbalism

10:00-12:00 WILD EDIBLE FOOD PLANTS & CRITTERS – We’ll start this class by practicing honorable harvesting methods and plant stewardship as we select the plant parts we need and carefully collect and store them for later use. You’ll learn when and where to look for the Top 10 Edible Plants of our region, and how to identify and prepare them.  We’ll also spend some time examining poisonous look-a-likes and we’ll discuss safety in the forest. Finally, we’ll go on a foray for wild edible insects! Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

2:00-4:00 WILD PLANTS FOR MEDICINE & CRAFT – In this class you will be introduced to the myriad wild medicinal plants in Clark’s Creek Park, plus go deeper into neighboring state land to harvest a variety of materials that can be used for basketry and rope making. You will learn techniques for creating strong natural cordage, learn about gardening herbs and turning them into medicine. Believe us when we say the Clark’s Creek Park is an herbalist’s paradise, and we hope that this will be just about the best intensive learning experience on utilitarian plants available. Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – Urban Wildlife

10:00-12:00 BACKYARD BIRD LANGUAGE - Most people don’t give birds much of a second thought.  They hear the songs, and maybe appreciate the beauty, but don’t realize that they are so much more than that! In this class you will learn about how birds communicate, both with other birds as well as animals and humans.  We will also cover the way birds live, what they eat and where their nests are, including how to arrange your yard to attract the maximum numbers of beautiful birds! Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

2:00-4:00 INSECTS, SPIDERS, REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS - Freaked out by something slithery peering out at you from under a moist log?  Thrilled at the sight of a wriggling larvae burrowing for cover under the leaves?  All shook up when something yellow and black buzzes dangerously close to your ear?  Well, take a deep breath and join us for a very special class where you’ll learn hands-on (that’s right!) all about our creepy crawly friends!  We’ll learn to find, identify and safely collect a variety of amazing critters.  After learning what we can, we’ll release them, unharmed, back to their homes to continue their essential active lives.  We’ll even try to find edible insects and see what they’re like! Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Classes to Honor the Animals

10:00-12:00 TRACKING & TRAILING ANIMALS - We will start class with an overview of wildlife tracking to help you recognize tracks and other signs of animals, including track characteristics of mammal families present in our bioregion. Your instructors will arrange a “tracking scenario” consisting of track “cut-outs” to solidify your understanding of track identification, plus educated interpretation of what animals are doing based on their tracks. We will also choose some volunteers to demonstrate “animal forms” which are the way animals move, as this is critical to really understand how tracks get laid on the ground. Finally, we’ll embark on a real-life tracking expedition into the depths of Clark’s Creek, trailing what we find. Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

2:00-4:00 RAWHIDE TO LEATHER: TRADITIONAL HIDE TANNING - Have you ever wondered how to make beautiful leather traditionally, and how to honor animal hides with a plethora of uses? Today, we’ll take hides that were harvested during the fall hunt, and honor them by making sure none go to waste. We’ll scrape them clean,  demonstrate how to shape some into parfleche, a drum, and other rawhide tools.  Next, using an ancient egg recipe, instead of brains, we will convert a hide into tanned buckskin leather! Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – Awareness, Navigation & Orienteering

10:00-12:00 NATURAL NAVIGATION PLUS COMPASS TRAININGThis class will be a fun and informative way to learn how to get your bearings in the wilderness, and accurately understand your surroundings. In addition to introducing the 30 ways to navigate in the wilderness, we will be using fun and entertaining games and activities to practice and learn these new skills, which you will be able to use for the rest of your life. Of course, we will also train you on the special Wolf College 4 Step Method of using a compass. We look forward to a fun class of navigation training with you! Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.

2:00-4:00 ORIENTEERING SKILLS & GEOCACHING SCAVENGER HUNT - Engage in an educational course that will teach you the basics of navigation skills. You will learn how to use a topographic map and with your compass. After learning the basics you will be given a navigation challenge to find a few items around the park that will be marked on your maps. We will end the day with an introduction to geocaching and a hunt to discover a geocache within the park. Come and expand your knowledge in this fun and engaging workshop. Limited Space. Click on our South Sound Meetup Site to reserve your spot.