At the Conservation College you can learn for a day, train in-depth at a week-long expedition, or build a career in outdoor education through one of our seasonal programs which are designed to provide students with a variety of pathways for study. Our primary experiential learning programs include the following:
Summer Residential Career Training Programs
The Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark residential program since 1999 and is available for qualified participants who want to learn to teach wilderness skills in a fast-paced, outdoor setting. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the summer you have the skillset necessary to work anywhere in the field of outdoor education. Be part of our 20th Summer, arriving anytime between June 7-15 to get settled in, attending all our summer camps and expeditions, and departing in late summer or fall after completing earth skills coursework. $3,000 tuition for early-summer trainings is discounted for previous experience as well as optional early-summer work trade, and fully reimbursed for assisting at summer camps later in the summer, until you are ready to join payroll. Apply by May 31st and if accepted, you can participate in a June 14-18 staff training with our pilot Earth Skills Teaching Apprentice (1999) and recent Alone Season 6 Contestant (2019) Nikki van Schyndel.
The Blue Skye Farm Internship is a sustainable homesteading program with “permaculture” and entrepreneurial components. The goal is for you to practice cultivating the home environment in a way that benefits nature as well as humans. Certified by the Washington State Farm Internship Program, you’ll help run Blue Skye Farm, home of Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, growing and selling produce on site. Arrive on June 7th, and depart in the fall after the last fruits, nuts and berries are ready for market. $1,500 tuition includes basic living expenses, is discounted for previous experience, and is reimbursed through farm sales, until you join payroll later in the summer. We have one room still available in the farmhouse for Summer 2019 so apply asap before space fills.
Coming in 2020: The Wilderness Skills Training Intensive is our fundamental summer residential experience for young adults who want to focus soley on building their outdoor skills. It’s the fastest path to wilderness proficiency through an intensive array of earth skills. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the summer you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to thrive in any outdoor situation. $6,000 base tuition including all living expenses can be discounted for previous training, education, personal outdoor experience, and work-trade.
Summer Expeditions & Training Camps
- June 30 – July 5, 2019 Training Camp: Teaching Nature: Training for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides on Lake Sammamish near Seattle.
- July 7-12, 2019 Expedition: Wilderness Survival Training & Trek near Mt. Rainier.
- July 14-19, 2019: Tracking Wolf Country – From Birds to Bears in the North Cascades.
- July 28 – Aug 2, 2019: Wild Cooking & Herbal Medicine ethnobotany training with field trips around Western Washington.
- August 4-9, 2019: Scout Philosophy & Mentoring with priority enrollment for participants in our apprenticeship program.
- August 18-23, 2019: Traditional Tech: Craftwork of the Ancient Artisan
- with priority enrollment for participants in our apprenticeship program.
- August 25-30, 2019: Subsistence Fishing Camp with priority enrollment for participants in our apprenticeship program.
- June 21-26, 2020 Expedition: Backcountry Leadership – Wilderness Conservation, Navigation & Risk Management in sagebrush canyonlands east of Mt. Rainier.
Coming in 2020… Part-Time Seasonal Training Courses on Nature, Survival, Herbology & Civics
The Environmental Activist year starts January 5, 2020
The Environmental Activist course runs January 5 – November 16, 2020 meeting on Sundays from 9:30-12:30 except holiday weekends. We will start each morning with a nature hike, followed by strategic planning sessions, and boots-on-the ground projects for social and environmental justice in the political arena. Includes guidance through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses with emphasis on Book VII – Trail of the Sustainable Citizen. Cost including personal guidance, books, workshops and all materials totals $1,975. Ask for password protected program details or jump straight to our simple registration process.
The Traditional Herbalist semester starts January 5, 2020
This part-time series meets on Sundays from 1:30-4:30 between January 5 – May 17, 2020. Includes guidance through Wolf Journey Book II – Trail of the Traditional Herbalist. Cost including personal guidance, books, workshops and all materials totals $975. Ask for program details or jump straight to our simple registration process.
The Wilderness Survivor quarter starts January 11, 2020
Our wilderness survival skills apprenticeship runs on Saturdays, January 11 – March 14, 2020 and includes participation in all weekend workshops plus guidance through Wolf Journey Book IV – Trail of the Survival Scout and more. Costs including instruction, books, workshops and materials total $975. Click here for program details or go straight to our simple registration process.
The Neighborhood Naturalist quarter starts March 21, 2020
Our outdoor nature skills apprenticeship runs on Saturdays, March 21 – May 23, 2020 and includes participation in all weekend workshops plus guidance through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses with emphasis on Book I – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist. Costs including instruction, books, workshops and materials total $975. Click here for program details or go straight to our simple registration process.
Email us with any questions. We always keep your information absolutely private. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch. While considering an application, check out our apprenticeship testimonials from novice apprentices, former campers-turned-instructors, and experienced educators who all succeeded in our summer apprenticeships and agree that the results far exceed expectations.