Teaching Nature Professionally

Chris Chishom instructing group of program participants.
Chris Chisholm instructing group of program participants.

July 1-6, 2018 Training Camp for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides

Learn to prepare lessons of wilderness education, and practice teaching your lessons to youth and adults in the outdoors, using multiple approaches that work on a foundation of rock-solid risk-management.

Course Availability:

Open for ages 18 and up with no prerequisite. Teens may also attend with prerequisite, or join the Wild Discovery Film Camp: Nature & Survival which runs simultaneously. Or for a more relaxed week, adults can join our Wilderness Skills Camp & Classes also happening at the park.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Sunday, July 1: History of Outdoor Educational Programs; Appropriation & Ethics of Outdoor Education; Balanced Circle Philosophy & How to Prepare Outdoor Lessons;

Monday, July 2: Critical Skills of Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills, Navigation & Orienteering and Emergency Preparedness; Preparing Balanced Lesson Plans; Scenarios on Appropriation & Ethics, Personal Health, Lesson Planning & Improvisation;

Tuesday, July 3:  Critical Skills of Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters & Fire Making; Group Behaviors, & Student Positioning; Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response; Risk Management Training;

Wednesday, July 4: Teaching through Stories & Song; Scenarios on Wilderness First Aid & Risk Management including Open Water Lifeguarding;

Thursday, July 5: Critical Skills of Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters, Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft; Improvisation, Evaluations & Testing;

Friday, July 6: Critical Skills of Language of the Birds, Tracking & Trailing Animals; Managing Logistics, Parents & Media;

Course Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm

Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum or better student-instructor ratio critical for  high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our testimonials and dating back to 1997!

Arrival, Directions & Transportation Options:

Complimentary Sunday Arrival 4:30-5:00 PM at Camp Curran13220 50th Ave E, Tacoma WA 98446 near Canyon Road in Puyallup. The turn south onto 50th Ave off of 128th Street is hard to spot but look for our sandwich boards if they don’t get blown down. We’ll have camp orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 for those who didn’t eat dinner already, and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. We begin with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart.
$35 Sunday Tacoma Bus/Amtrak Arrival Option: Book your Bus/Train Arrival into Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Sunday SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:00 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at unaccompanied minor waiting area. (discount for multiple friends/family members)

Weekend Departure Options:

Complimentary Friday Puyallup Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to bring a pot luck dish and share leftovers at Camp Curran on Friday between 3:30-4:00 and join us for our closing ceremonies and film showings from 4:00-5:00. Final departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$35 Friday Tacoma Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Train Station by 6:15 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 8:00-9:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$115 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$145 Saturday Afternoon Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate. (discount for multiple friends/family members)


2018 Training Camps are $745/week if you make a deposit by February 10th, or $755 by March 20th, or $765 by April 30th, or $775 by June 5th, or $785 if space remains available thereafter. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per person/week and your balance will be due upon arrival.

The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. Weekend stayovers are complimentary for self-sufficient adults, not including long-distance transportation.

Registration is now open:

Check/Mail/Email 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.

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

Or Use PayPal to register online securely 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 paypal.com and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

Registration now open for returning students only – new campers may register in the new year:
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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

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Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions