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Teaching Nature Professionally

Chris Chishom instructing group of program participants.

Chris Chisholm instructing group of program participants.

Part I June 25-30, 2017
Part II July 2-7, 2017

Trainings for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides

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

Course Availability:

Open for ages 18 and up with no prerequisite. Teens may also attend the Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp running simultaneously.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Sunday, June 25: History of Outdoor Educational Programs; Appropriation & Ethics of Outdoor Education;

Monday, June 26: Critical Skills of Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills, Navigation & Orienteering and Emergency Preparedness; Balanced Circle Philosophy & How to Prepare Outdoor Lessons;

Tuesday, June 27:  Critical Skills of Language of the Birds, Tracking & Trailing Animals; Group Behaviors, Positioning & Risk Management;

Wednesday, June 28: Critical Skills of Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters & Fire Making;  Teaching through Stories & Song;

Thursday, June 29: Critical Skills of Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters, Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft; Intro to Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response;

Friday, June 30: Critical Skills of Honoring the Animal – Traditional Crafts; Improvisation, Evaluations & Testing;

Saturday, July 1: Off

Sunday, July 2: Risk Management Training;

Monday, July 3 field trip to the Salish Sea: Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response; Scenarios on Risk Management, Emergency Response & Wilderness Medicine;

Tuesday, July 4 field trip to Mt Rainier: Preparing Balanced Lesson Plans; Scenarios on Appropriation & Ethics, Personal Health, Lesson Planning & Improvisation;

Wednesday, July 5 at Millersylvania State Park: Teaching Courses on Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills, Map & Compass, Wild Edible Foods;

Thursday, July 6 at Millersylvania State Park: Teaching Courses on Wilderness Survival, Fire & Shelter, Plants for Medicine & Craft;

Friday, July 7: Teaching Courses on Wildlife Tracking & Birding; Improvisation, Evaluations & Testing;

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 Millersylvania State Park – Group Camp, 12245 Tilley Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512 located right next to the park entry kiosk! Or use our transportation – 2:00 SeaTac Airport $85; or 3:30 Olympia Amtrak/Bus Station $25.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive 3:30-4:00 PM Friday at the the Millersylvania Group Camp and enjoy our closing circle and film presentation from 4:00-5:00 with final departure from 5:00-5:30. Or stay over and depart Saturday Morning $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135. Full Weekend Stayovers are $200. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.


Normally our tuition is $735 per week, but this year we are offering this training camp at SPECIAL PRICE of $735 for these TWO WEEKS WITH US. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. Cost includes everything fincluding 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.

DISCOUNTS: Take advantage of our 20th Anniversary Alumni Discount special price of $695 also available to new participants adding a second camp or second family member this summer. Otherwise our standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program.

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 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: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel 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

Click here for our Expedition Agreements

Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions