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.
Summer Options: Full-Time Residential Programs
The Conservation College runs two unique, full-time summer training programs. With nearly free tuition based on a work-trade format, our summer Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship and Blue Skye Farm Internship are technical training programs leading to enriching jobs and self-employment in less than a year. Call us at 425-248-0253, email us, or apply now for one of the following focuses:
Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship runs June 16 – August 18, 2018 with complimentary 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 anywhere in the field of outdoor education. Join us at our home base in Puyallup, Washington with travel to the Cascade Mountains, Central Washington Canyonlands, and Pacific Coast during 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. Dates for 2018 include June 16 – August 18 plus complimentary work-trade extension through August 31 and into September if desired. Initial administrative costs are just $600, and otherwise, all your expenses including food and facilities throughout the summer are complimentary in exchange for help while participating in 4-5 complimentary training expeditions, 4-5 youth training courses, and 4-5 weekend workshops. Click here for the apprenticeship details plus supplemental FAQs received from applicants. We can accept 8 apprentices in 2018, so apply now for the best placement opportunity.
Blue Skye Farm Internship runs full-time June 9 – Sept 8, 2018 with complimentary October extension
The Blue Skye Farm Internship is designed for participants who want to work to 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 the internship is to help you gain sustainability skills for a self-sufficient lifestyle, including • Organic Fruit Orcharding & Vegetable Gardening • Farm Animal Cultivation • Sustainable Building & Energy Conservation • Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation • Medicinal Herb Collection & Preservation • Entrepreneurial Business Experience. Dates for 2018 include June 9 – Sept 8 with complimentary extension into October. Initial administrative costs are just $400, and otherwise, all your expenses including room and board, workman’s compensation insurance, plus participation in our summer earth skills classes are complimentary in exchange for your 40 hours/week of farm work. In return, farm interns will split 50% of shared revenue from personal neighborhood and farmer’s market sales in the second half of the summer. We can accept just 3 interns as part of the Washington State Farm Internship Project, so click here for all the details and apply now for the best placement opportunity.
Future Spring Options: Part-Time Apprenticeship Programs
The Conservation College runs three unique apprenticeships during the Academic Year:
The Environmental Activist apprenticeship year starts January 6, 2019
This program runs 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 simple registration process to apply by June 5th!
The Survival Scout spring apprenticeship starts April 8, 2019
The Survival Scout apprenticeship runs April 8 – June 15, 2019 on Saturdays and includes participation in all our weekend workshops 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 $1,475. Click here for program details or go straight to our simple registration process.
The Neighborhood Naturalist spring apprenticeship starts April 8, 2019
The Neighborhood Naturalist apprenticeship runs April 8 – June 15, 2019 on Saturdays and includes participation in all our weekend workshops plus final graduation get-together, plus guidance through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses with emphasis on Book I – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist. Costs total $975. Click here for program details or go straight to our simple registration process.
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.