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Summer Adult & Family Classes with Family Camp Option


All Ages! Select Classes or attend as a Camp Week!

July 2-6, 2018 in Olympia
July 23-27, 2018 in Issaquah

Limited Spaces! Scroll down to register for the entire week of your choice at just $275 per person, or select individual classes on your chosen date/location via our sites at $25 per class in advance, or $35 at the door if space remains available: (registering for an entire week offers the bonus of archery/swimming after lunch, plus complimentary Friday afternoon program; optional camping and meals are extra)

• Individual classes for July 2-6, 2018 in Olympia– Clark’s Creek are also listed on our South Sound Meetup Site (opens new tab) or scroll down to register in advance using PayPal below.
• July 23-27, 2018 in Issaquah – Lake Sammamish requires registration for all week Mon-Fri.

Click here for a testimonial from one of our instructors-in-training who summaries the week in his blog post from 2014.

Wilderness Awareness, Safety & Navigation Skills

9:45-11:45 Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills – 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. 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.

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!

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.

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.

Wild Plants, Ethnobotany & Herbalism

9:45-11:45 AM Wednesdays in Puyallup & Issaquah, 6:30-8:30 PM Wednesday in Olympia: 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!

1:15-3:15 PM Wednesdays in Puyallup & Issaquah, 6:30-8:30 PM Thursday in Olympia: 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. Join us in an herbalist’s paradise where we hope this will be just about the best intensive learning experience you can find on utilitarian plants anywhere.

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!

1:15-3:15 Tracking & Trailing Animals (not available in Olympia) – 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.

Honoring the Animal – 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!


Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmKim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!

Register Now:

Limited Spaces! Scroll down to register for the entire week, or select individual classes on your chosen date/location via our sites at $30 per class in advance, or $35 at the door if space remains available:

• Register for individual classes July 5-7, 2017 in Olympia– Millersylvania State Park on our South Sound Meetup Site (opens new tab) or save $5 by paying in advance using PayPal below.
July 23-27, 2018 in Issaquah – Lake Sammamish requires registration for all week Mon-Fri.

Make it a camp and scroll down to register for the entire week in Olympia or Issaquah at $275 per person with the bonus of archery/swimming after lunch, plus complimentary Friday afternoon program. Camping and meals extra.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

Or Use PayPal to register via secure online donation with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Course Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Click here for our Expedition Agreements

Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions