Teaching Nature: Professional Training for Future Environmental Educators, Outdoor Leaders & Nature Guides

Chris Chishom instructing group of program participants.

Chris Chisholm instructing group of program participants.

Week One: June 21-26, 2015 in Puyallup WA

Preparing Lessons, and Training to Teach All Ages Outdoors

Week Two: June 28 – July 3, 2015 in Sammamish WA

Risk Management, and Practice Teaching to All Ages Outdoors

Course Availability:

Open/Available with no prerequisite for Week One, although applicants will be screened to determine appropriateness for working with youth and adults as there will be kids day camps and adult workshops running concurrently.  Day camps will serve as teaching labs for participants in this course. Youth may also participate in our Youth Nature Guides Training Camp running simultaneously.

Week One is the prerequisite for Week Two.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Click Teaching Nature Professionally Hour by Hour Schedule for a detailed account of the week.  See below for general themes.

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

Monday: Risk Management Training; Wilderness Survival Class; Backyard Chickens and Mealworm Farming Class; Class Evaluations; Emergency Preparedness & Survival Training; Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response;

Tuesday: Lesson Preparation Feedback; Culinary & Medicinal Herb Gardening Class; Basketry & Rope Making Class; Class Evaluations; Wild Foods & Medicines Training; Prepare Balanced Lesson Plan in Pairs;

Wednesday: Lesson in Group Management/Positioning; Reptiles & Amphibians, Insects & Spiders Class; Wildlife Tracking Class; Class Evaluations; Backyard Birding Training; Prepare Balanced Lesson Plan in Pairs;

Thursday: Lesson in Storytelling; Pioneer Skills Class; Parfleche & Hide Tanning Class; Class Evaluations; Horseback Riding; Campfire Music & Stories;

Friday: Lesson in Outdoor Fundamentals; Navigation & Awareness Class; Orienteering & Geocaching Class; Summarize Week’s Learning; Enjoy a Staff Dinner; Complete Evaluations 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:

Arrival Options on Sunday:

Complimentary Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. We will start at 6:00 sharp with an introduction to the week, followed by final camp set-up and orientation from 6:30-7:00, at which point we recommend family/friends depart. Participants should eat a full, healthy dinner before arriving, unless traveling by airplane or train, in which case dinner is included in your pick-up fee. Participants arriving directly at our campground location are also encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share with others during camp set-up time.

$20 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station: Arrive by 4:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our course location.

$40 SeaTac Airport Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:00 p.m. Pick-up at baggage claim.

Weekend Departure Options:

Complimentary Friday Puyallup Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to meet us for closing ceremonies at Clark’s Creek Park – South Shelter, 1700 12th Ave SW in Puyallup from 4:30-5:00 p.m.

$20 Friday Evening Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Departure Option: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Amtrak or Bus Station on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

$20 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 7:00-9:00 p.m. after dinner with us.

$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon from the Wolf Campus in Puyallup.

$115 Saturday SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday in Puyallup, 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.

$125 Saturday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday night and depart Saturday evening after dinner in Puyallup.

$165 Sunday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday & Saturday nights and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon in Puyallup.

$180 Sunday Afternoon SeaTac Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures.

$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us for next week!

To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!


Tuition for Summer Expeditions is $595 if you complete registration at least one week prior to the start date, or $600 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.

You can also receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional friend/family member attending together, $10 per additional expedition you attend, and $10 for successfully referring others to attend. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will need specific camping gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case. You will also need health insurance, but check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional pickup/dropoff and weekend stayover choices.

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 253-604-4681 or 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. Click to Choose Your Deposit Options:
Participant Name(s) & Age(s):
Phone Number(s) & Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Needs(s):

Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.

Course Preparation: Agreements & Packing List

Click here for our Expedition Agreements

Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List

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