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 23-27, 2014:

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 local “meetup.com” website nearest you, including our South Puget Sound meetup site, or our King & Snohomish County meetup site.

Who May Register? All ages may register for the classes. Classes will be divided into adult, teen, youth, kids and family groups, depending on enrollment.

What Do the Classes Cost? $15 per person. To reserve a spot with an advance contribution, call us with a credit card at 253-604-4681 or send a check to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St SW, Puyallup WA 98371.

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.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 – Wilderness Survival: Shelter & Fire

10:00-12:00 Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters – 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. Long-time instructor, Nicco, has over 10 years of experience working with Wolf Camp and the Wolf College and is very knowledgeable when it comes to short term emergency survival.

2:00-4:00 Traditional Fire Making including the Bow Drill - 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. You will receive the same quick training all Wolf College instructors receive, plus hand-outs that you can use to pass on this critical “safety plus efficiency” training to your own family or students.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 – 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!

2:00-4:00 Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft – In this class you will be introduced to a variety of materials that can be used for basketry and rope making. You will learn techniques for creating strong natural cordage from a palm called raffia and a vegetable fiber called jute. You will also learn about everything from gardening edible plants and herbs to cooking them or turning them into medicine. We will go over all of the basic techniques of growing herbs and how to be as successful at it as possible.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 – Urban Wildlife Tracking & Birding

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 set up your own yard to attract the maximum numbers of beautiful birds!

2:00-4:00 Insects, Spiders, Reptiles & Amphibians - 

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 – Pioneering  & Traditional Skills Classes

10:00-12:00 Tracking & Trailing Animals –

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!

Friday, June 27th, 2014 – Awareness, Navigation & Orienteering Classes

10:00-12:00 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. 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. We look forward to a fun class of navigation training with you!

2:00-4:00 Orienteering & Geocache 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 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.