At the Conservation College you can learn for a day, train in-depth at a week-long expedition, or build a career in outdoor education through one of our great apprenticeship programs which are designed to provide students with a variety of pathways for study. No matter your personal interest or time-commitment, we have something that will work for you.
Spring & Fall Options: Part-Time Apprenticeship Programs
The Conservation College runs three unique apprenticeships during the Academic Year:
The Neighborhood Naturalist quarter runs April 1 – June 17
Meets on Saturdays and includes all workshops, one Wolf Journey Study Day plus final graduation get-together, and guidance through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses with emphasis on Book I – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist. Costs total $950. Click here for program details or go straight to our our simple registration process to apply by March 20th!
The Environmental Activist academic year starts October 1st
This program runs October 1 – November 19, 2107 and continues from January 7 – November 18, 2018 meeting every Sunday from 9:00-5:00 with time in nature, strategic planning, and boots-on-the ground in the political arena. Includes guidance through Wolf Journey Book VII – Trail of the Sustainable Citizen. Costs including personal guidance, books, workshops and all materials totals $2,950. Ask for password protected program details or jump straight to our our simple registration process to apply by June 5th!
The Survival Scout semester runs February 10 – June 16, 2018
Meets on Saturdays and includes participation in all our weekend workshops, two Wolf Journey Study Days plus final graduation get-together, guidance through Wolf Journey Book IV – Trail of the Survival Scout and more. Costs including instruction, books, workshops and materials total $1,950. Click here for program details or go straight to our our simple registration process to apply by December 25th!
Summer Options: Full-Time Residential Programs
Blue Skye Farm Internship runs full-time May 7 – Sept 24 plus optional October extension
The Blue Skye Farm Internship starts at the beginning of May and runs all the way through October. The program is for participants who want to work learn homesteading, sustainability and “permaculture” which is a revolutionary lifestyle of appropriate living that cultivates the home environment in a way that benefits nature and humans. The mission of this focus is to help you become a self-sufficient homesteader and knowledgeable of sustainability skills, including • Farm Animal Cultivation • Organic Fruit Orcharding & Vegetable Gardening • Sustainable Building & Natural Selection Forestry • Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation • Paleo Cooking & Food Storage • Medicinal Herb Collection & Preservation • Developing Entrepreneurial Cottage Industries. All expenses including tuition, room and board at Blue Skye Farm totals $1,950 minus discounts for early work trade and previous experience considered, and you can earn that tuition back with farmer’s market and neighborhood sales. We can accept just 2-3 interns, so click here for all the details and apply by March 20th for the best placement opportunities.
Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship runs June 18 – August 18 plus optional September extension
The Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark residential program since 1999 and is available for students who want to learn to teach wilderness skills in a fast-paced, outdoor setting. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the summer you have the skillset necessary to work in the field of outdoor education. Join us at our home base in Puyallup, Washington with travel into the North Cascades Mountains, Central Washington Canyonlands, and Pacific Coast Wilderness throughout the summer. You can also choose to specialize in one of the following focus areas, including as a Nature Guide & Outdoor Leader • Ethnobotany & Herbalism Instructor • Wildlife Conservation & Tracking Instructor • Traditional Technology & Survival Instructor or Youth Mentor & Camp Counselor. Click here for all the details plus supplemental FAQs received from applicants. Dates for 2017 include June 17 – August 19 with optional extension through Sept 24 for certifications, depending on your focus. Full-time residential tuition including room and board totals $3,950 minus significant discounts for previous experience and work-trade you complete throughout the summer. We can accept just 4-8 apprentices, so apply by March 20th for the best discount and placement opportunities.
Youth Mentoring & Camp Counselors Training for teens with prerequisite
The Youth Mentoring CIT program is open to ages 13-17 with prerequisite, and may be completed part-time over multiple summers.
Email us with any questions. We always keep your information absolutely private. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch. While considering an application, check out our apprenticeship testimonials from novice apprentices, former campers-turned-instructors, and experienced educators who all succeeded in our summer apprenticeships and agree that the results far exceed expectations.