Expeditions – Summer Training Camps

Conservation College Poster 2016 B copySummer Expeditions run Sunday-Friday and are lead by highly-trained teaching staff with expertise in the earth skills which interest you:

June 24-29, 2018: Backcountry Leadership – Wilderness Conservation, Navigation & Risk Management geared for ages 28 and under.

July 1-6, 2018: Teaching Nature: Training for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides geared for adults of all ages, running simultaneously to the Wilderness Skills Sampler Camp geared for all ages (adults and families) including Daily Classes in Puyallup-Tacoma.

July 8-13, 2018: Wilderness Survival Training & Trek near Mt. Rainier geared for ages 28 and under.

July 15-20, 2018: Tracking the Oregon Dunes – From Birds to Bears geared for ages 28 and under.

July 23-27, 2018: Wilderness Skills Family Camp at Lake Sammamish.

July 30 – Aug 3, 2018: Traditional Tech: Classical Crafts of the Ancient Artisan for ages 9-13, 14-20 and older if enrolled in our apprenticeship program.

Aug 12-17, 2018: Wild Cooking, Ethnobotany & Herbal Expedition for ages 9-13, 14-20 and older if enrolled in our apprenticeship program.

August 26-31, 2018: Scout Philosophy & Mentoring for ages 9-13, 14-20 and older if enrolled in our apprenticeship program.

Want to go further in depth? Apply for our full-time summer apprenticeships:

The Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship is our hallmark program for students who want to learn wilderness skills in a fast-paced, outdoor setting.

The Blue Skye Farm Internship is available for participants who want to learn entrepreneurial homesteading, sustainability and “permaculture” which is a revolutionary lifestyle of appropriate living that cultivates the home environment in a way that benefits nature and humans.

Or check out our Weekend Workshops

June 9, 2018 Sustainable Home & Gardens – Living on an Acre in Puyallup WA. $45-$65 depending on past participation and number attending.

June 16, 2018 Edible Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea at Deception Pass WA. $95 and please note this workshop filled more than 3 months in advance in 2017 so be sure to register early.

June 17, 2018 Paleo & Veggie Lifestyles in Puyallup WA. $95 includes dinner.

June 23, 2018 Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes near Tacoma WA. $95 includes use of our gear, bait and tackle.

July 2-6, 2018 Morning & Afternoon Classes or make it an all-week camp covering many topics. All ages welcome at Millersylvania State Park near Olympia. $25 per class.

Monday Morning: Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills
Monday Afternoon: Natural Navigation plus Map & Compass
Tues Morning: Wilderness Survival including Best Emergency Shelter
Tues Afternoon: Tracking & Trailing Animals
Thu Morning: Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters
Thu Afternoon: Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft
Fri Morning: Backyard Bird Language
Fri Afternoon: Old School Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel

July 28, 2018 Saturday Workshop  The Ancient Artisan including Leather Hide-Tanning and Making Bows, Arrows & At-Latls at Lake Sammamish. $95 includes all materials.

August 4, 2018 Saturday Workshop Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers in Carnation WA. $95 with special guest instructor.

August 11, 2018 Saturday Workshop  Wilderness Survival including Bow Drill Fire Making at Lake Sammamish. $85-$95 includes firesteel and bow drill kit materials.

August 18, 2018 Saturday Workshop Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making at Lake Sammamish. $85-$95 includes quite a few take-home goodies. 

August 25, 2018 Saturday Workshop Bird Voices, Wildlife Safety & Awareness, Animal Tracks & Trails at Lake Sammamish. $65-$75 includes tour of active bear den, prolific owl pellet tree, big cat scratching post, and more.

September 1, 2018 Saturday Workshop Backcountry Navigation & Leadership at Lake Sammamish. $65-$75 includes professional hands-on risk management and emergency first aid training.

October 6, 2018 Wild Harvest – Mushrooms, Acorns, Nettles & Rose Hips in Puyallup WA. $65-$75.

October 27, 2018: THE WOLF GATHERING Skillshare Rendezvous near Puyallup WA by donation to our scholarship fund of $95 per adult, $45 per accompanied child.