Teaching Nature Professionally

Chris Chishom instructing group of program participants.
Chris Chisholm instructing group of program participants.

June 30 – July 5, 2019 Training Camp for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides

Learn to prepare lessons of wilderness education, and practice teaching your lessons to youth and adults in the outdoors, using multiple approaches that work on a foundation of rock-solid risk-management.

Course Availability:

Open for ages 18 and up with no prerequisite. Teens may also attend with prerequisite. Or for a more relaxed week, adults can join our Wilerness Skills Classes also happening at the park.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Sunday, June 30: History of Outdoor Educational Programs; Appropriation & Ethics of Outdoor Education; Balanced Circle Philosophy & How to Prepare Outdoor Lessons;

Monday, July 1: Critical Skills of Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills, Navigation & Orienteering and Emergency Preparedness; Preparing Balanced Lesson Plans; Scenarios on Appropriation & Ethics, Personal Health, Lesson Planning & Improvisation;

Tuesday, July 2:  Critical Skills of Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters & Fire Making; Group Behaviors, & Student Positioning; Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response; Risk Management Training;

Wednesday, July 3: Critical Skills of Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters, Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft; Improvisation, Evaluations & Testing;

Thursday, July 4: Teaching through Stories & Song; Scenarios on Wilderness First Aid & Risk Management including Open Water Lifeguarding;

Friday, July 5: Critical Skills of Language of the Birds, Tracking & Trailing Animals; Managing Logistics, Parents & Media;

Course Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Patrick Wiley, M.A. assisted by directors Kim & Chris Chisholm

Arrival, Directions & Transportation Options:

Complimentary Sunday Arrival 4:30-5:00 PM at Blue Skye Farm, 1026 14th St SW which is the home office of Wolf Camp and the Conservation College in Puyallup. We’ll have orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 for those who didn’t eat dinner already, and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. We begin with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart.
$35 Sunday Tacoma Bus/Amtrak Arrival Option: Book your Bus/Train Arrival into Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Sunday SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:00 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at unaccompanied minor waiting area. (discount for multiple friends/family members)

Weekend Departure Options:

Complimentary Friday Lake Sammamish Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to bring a pot luck dish and share leftovers at Lake Sammamish on Friday between 3:30-4:00 and join us for our closing ceremonies and film showings from 4:00-5:00. Final departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$35 Friday Seattle Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Train Station by 6:15 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 8:00-9:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$115 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$145 Saturday Afternoon Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, 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. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate. (discount for multiple friends/family members)


2019 Training Camps & Expeditions are $775 for alumni registering by December 31st, or $780 for everyone registering by February 10th, $785 by March 20th, $790 by May 5th, $795 by June 10th, or $800 thereafter if space remains available.

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 weekend stayover choices.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $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. Weekend stayovers are complimentary for self-sufficient adults, not including long-distance transportation.


Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Download our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form to your computer, fill out one per participant for whom we do not yet have a registration form on file (so not needed for returning campers) and send or email back to us. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc. You can also send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 or fill out the registration form and pay deposits by calling with a credit card, or using paypal as described below.

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: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time 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