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Teaching Nature Professionally

Chris Chishom instructing group of program participants.

Chris Chisholm instructing group of program participants.

June 25-30, 2017 in Puyallup WA – Training as Environmental Educators & Nature Guides

Learn to prepare lessons of wilderness education, teaching your lessons to youth and adults in the outdoors.

Course Availability:

Open and geared to ages 18-26 with no prerequisite, while others who have attended our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions in the past may also be welcome.
Ages 13-17 with prerequisite may attend as part of the simultaneous Youth Nature Guides Training Camp.
Ages 9-17 may also attend the Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp running simultaneously.
Ages 5-13 may participate in the Wilderness Skills Sampler Day Camp running simultaneously.
All Ages may attend the Special Series of Wilderenss Skills Family Classes running simultaneously all week.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Sunday: History of Outdoor Educational Programs; Balanced Circle Philosophy; How to Prepare Outdoor Lessons; Ethics of Outdoor Education;

Monday: Risk Management Training; Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills Class; Navigation & Orienteering Class; Class Evaluations; Emergency Preparedness & Survival Training; Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response;

Tuesday: Lesson Preparation Feedback; Language of the Birds Class; Tracking & Trailing Animals Class; Class Evaluations; Prepare Balanced Lesson Plan in Pairs;

Wednesday: Lesson in Group Management/Positioning; Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters Class; Traditional Fire Making Class; Class Evaluations; Prepare Balanced Lesson Plan in Pairs;

Thursday: Lesson in Storytelling; Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters Class; Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft Class; Class Evaluations; Horseback Riding; Campfire Music & Stories;

Friday: Lesson in Outdoor Fundamentals; Traditional Animal Hide Crafts Class; Summarize Week’s Learning; Enjoy a Staff Dinner; Complete Evaluations of the Week.

Check out Teaching Nature Professionally – Hour by Hour Schedule from Former Year for a detailed example of the week:

Course Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm

Kim & Chris Chisholm will be lead instructors with staff assistants.

Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Tayberry Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 2718 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371. Or use our transportation – 3:00 SeaTac Airport $45; or 3:45 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $25.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive 3:30-4:00 PM Friday at Clark’s Creek Park – South Shelter, 1700 12th Ave SW in Puyallup and enjoy our closing circle and film presentation from 4:00-5:00, clean-up and optional departure from 5:00-5:30, plus dinner and staff meeting from 5:30-7:00. Or depart 5:15 Tacoma Bus/Amtrak Station $25, or 8-9 PM Puyallup Wolf Campus $35, or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!


$695 includes all costs. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear. 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.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional week you attend this summer, $10 off per additional family member attending this summer, $10 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program, $10 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the Better Business Bureau and other sites forbid any incentive for writing reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it since it’s hard to get reviews when people are as satisfied as our camp families. Thanks!

Scholarships Availability: This camp involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. However, we do offer partial work-trade in lieu of tuition for apprentices. Expedition scholarships are available for ages 18-25 who drive to Tracking Wolf Country or Wilderness Navigation & Orienteering, as well as for youth ages 9-17 attending Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout. Click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and underprivileged young people. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships which are granted by the Western Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF Foundation) – a Washington State non-profit organization, independent from Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, whose mission it is to support those wishing to attend programs of earth skills education. To apply, add to your camp registration form answers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

Registration Options:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word 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. Just sign into and “send money” to our email address or use the PayPal links below – might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

Click to choose your deposit options if you would like to use PayPal:
Participant Name(s) & Age(s):
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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters 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 for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.

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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