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Two Special Weeks of Camps & Classes

Classes to be Posted June 7th. Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification.  Kick off the summer at any or all of our special week of classes and camps in Puyallup & Lake Sammamish!

FAQs for June 22-26, 2015 in Puyallup, and June 29 – July 3, 2015 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 22-26 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for June 29 – July 3 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-$20 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 these weeks only? Courses happening the weeks of June 22-26 and June 29 – July 3 are the Puyallup Day Camp Sampler and the Lake Sammamish Day Camp Sampler, plus two weeks of Teaching Nature Professionally 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. Thus, the after-class payment based on your level of satisfaction:)

Mondays, June 22 & June 29, 2015 – 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.  Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 22 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for June 29 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

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! Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site or June 22 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for June 29 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

Tuesdays, June 23 & June 30, 2015 -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!  Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 23 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for June 30 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

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. Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 23 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for June 30 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

Wednesdays, June 24 & July 1, 2015 – 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. Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 24 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 1 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

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. Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 24 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 1 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

Thursdays, June 25 & July 2, 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! Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site  for June 25 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 2 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

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. Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 25 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 2 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

Fridays, June 26 & July 3, 2015 – Traditional Craftwork & Modern Orienteering

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, instead of brains, we will convert a hide into tanned buckskin leather!  Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 26 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 3 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.

1:15-3:15 Orienteering Skills & Geocache Scavenger Hunt – Engage in an educational course that will teach you the basics of navigation. You will learn how to use a topographic map with and without 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. Class will be posted June 7th on our South Sound Meetup Site for June 26 in Puyallup, or our North Sound Meetup Site for July 3 at Lake Sammamish. Space will be quite limited, so Click Here & Request Early Enrollment Notification for the best chance at securing a spot.