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Teaching Nature Professionally

Chris Chishom instructing group of program participants.

Chris Chisholm instructing group of program participants.

June 26 – July 1, 2016 in Puyallup WA – Training for Future Environmental Educators, Outdoor Leaders & Nature Guides

Learn to prepare lessons of wilderness education, considering risk management and other factors, then practice teaching your lessons to youth and adults in the outdoors.

Course Availability:

Open and geared for ages 18-24 with no prerequisite, while older/younger applicants may also be accepted, including parents of youth in the Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp running simultaneously, and others who have attended our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions in the past.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Click Teaching Nature Professionally – Hour by Hour Schedule for a detailed account of the week:

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:

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00 PM Sunday meet for Week 1 at the  Tayberry Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 2718 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371; or use our afternoon transportation from SeaTac Airport and the Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station. Click week one or week two for details.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Week One 4:30-5:00 PM Friday at Clarks Creek Park;  Week Two 5:30-6:00 PM Friday at Lake Sammamish; or stay later at course location ($20) or use our transportation to the Amtrak/Bus Station on Friday evening ($20-$35); or stay over and depart from course location on Saturday by noon $95; or Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Weekend Stayover $195. 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!


$655 if you register by February 10th, $665 by March 20th, $675 by April 30th, or $685 by June 5th, and $695 thereafter if space remains available. 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 $10 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

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):
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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.

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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