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Two Special Weeks of Adult & Family Classes following our Sampler Day Camp Schedule

Limited Spaces Available! Kick off the summer at any or all of our special week of classes and camps in Puyallup & Lake Sammamish!

FAQs for June 27 – July 1, 2016 in Puyallup, and July 25-29, 2016 at Lake Sammamish:

What are the classes like? The class titles (below) are very descriptive, so you will understand the subject matter from the titles. The 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 for June 27 – July 1 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 25-29 at Lake Sammamish.

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

What Do the Classes Cost? $10-$25 per person payable at the end of class, based on number of family members attending, your financial situation and your level of satisfaction with class.

Why are classes being set up this way for these weeks only? Courses happening the during these two weeks are the Puyallup Day Camp Sampler and the Lake Sammamish Day Camp Sampler, plus our Teaching Nature Professionally training camp for adult students as well as teen counselors. 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. Thus, the after-class payment based on your level of satisfaction:)

Mondays, June 27 & July 25, 2016 – Wilderness Awareness, Safety & Navigation Skills

9:45-11:45 Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills – 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 to exponentially increase your senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing! Then we’ll practice what to do in case of encounters with bears, wolves and mountain lions. We might even search out, identify, and safely collect some amazing critters normally overlooked.  After learning what we can, we’ll release them, unharmed, back to their homes to continue their essential active lives.  Limited Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 27 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 25 at Lake Sammamish.

1:15-3:15 Natural Navigation plus Map & Compass – This 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 Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 22 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 25 at Lake Sammamish.

Tuesdays, June 28 & July 26, 2016 -Wildlife Tracking & Birding

9:45-11:45 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 there is 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 Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 28 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 26 at Lake Sammamish.

1:15-3:15 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 the park, trailing what we find. Limited Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 28 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 26 at Lake Sammamish.

Wednesdays, June 29 & July 27, 2016 – Wilderness Survival: Shelter & Fire

9:45-11:45  Wilderness Survival including Best Emergency Shelter – The 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 Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 29 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 27 at Lake Sammamish.

1:15-3:15 Old School Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel – We 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 Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 29 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 27 at Lake Sammamish.

Thursdays, June 30 & July 28, 2016, 2015 – Wild Plants, Ethnobotany & Herbalism

9:45-11:45  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 Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 30 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 28 at Lake Sammamish.

1:15-3:15 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 Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 30 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 28 at Lake Sammamish.

Fridays, July 1 & July 29, 2016, 2015 – Traditional Craftwork

9:45-11:45 Rawhide Drums to Leather Pouches: Traditional Animal Hide Crafts – 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, we’ll show you how we convert hides into tanned buckskin leather!  Limited Spots! Reserve space now on our South Sound Meetup Site for July 1 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 29 at Lake Sammamish.

There is no afternoon class today. Parents of youth enrolled in the simultaneous day camp are invited to attend closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30.