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Teaching Nature Professionally

Chris Chishom instructing group of program participants.

Chris Chisholm instructing group of program participants.

July 2-7, 2017 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 may attend the Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp running simultaneously.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Sunday: History of Outdoor Educational Programs; Appropriation & Ethics of Outdoor Education; Balanced Circle Philosophy;

Monday: How to Prepare Outdoor Lessons; Group Management/Positioning; Teaching Courses on Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills, Navigation & Orienteering and Emergency Preparedness;

Tuesday field trip to Mt Rainier:  Risk Management Training; Teaching Courses on Language of the Birds, Tracking & Trailing Animals; Prepare Balanced Lesson Plan in Pairs;

Wednesday: Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response; Teaching Courses on Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters & Fire Making;

Thursday field trip to the Salish Sea: Teaching through Stories & Song; Teaching Courses on Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters, Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft;

Friday: Improvisation, Evaluations & Testing;  Teaching Courses on Animal Hide Crafts; Scenarios on Risk Management, Emergency Response, Wilderness Medicine, Appropriation & Ethics, Personal Health, Lesson Planning & Improvisation;

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!

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

Click for Sunday Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, Puyallup WA 98446, and please note that 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. Or use our transportation – 2:00 SeaTac Airport $65; or 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $25.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive 3:30-4:00 PM Friday at the Camp Curran and enjoy our closing circle and film presentation from 4:00-5:00 with final departure from 5:00-5:30. Or stay for dinner and depart the Puyallup Wolf Campus between 7-9 pm for $25, or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.

Tuition:

$675 if you register by December 25th, or $685 by February 10th, or $695 by March 20th, or $715 by April 30th, or $725 by June 5th, or $735 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. Cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including survival knife, firesteel or field guide depending on topic.  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 stayover choices.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $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, and once you’ve attended a program, $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the BBB and other sites forbid incentives for reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it!

Scholarships Availability: 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, addanswers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

Register Now for Summer 2017:

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)


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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