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Summer Farm Internship & Earth Skills Apprenticeships

Full-Time Summer Residential Program Options

The Conservation College runs three unique, full-time summer programs. Call us at 425-248-0253, email us, or apply now for one of the following programs:

Farm Internship IconThe Blue Skye Farm Internship is available for students who want to learn homesteading, sustainability, entrepreneurial skills 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. Dates for 2018 include May 12 – Sept 22 with optional extension through October. All expenses including tuition, room and board at Blue Skye Farm total $1,950 minus discounts for early work trade and previous experience considered, and you can earn that tuition back (and potentially more) with farm sales. We still have 1 of 2 rooms available for a couple or single applicant, so apply now.

Wolf Journey Book 8 Cover Artwork by Joanna Colbert of GaianTarot.comThe Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark program since the year 2000 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 into 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 or Youth Mentor & Camp Counselor. Click here for supplemental FAQs received from applicants. Dates for 2018 include June 22 – August 18 with optional extension through Sept 23 for certifications, depending on your focus.  Full-time residential tuition including room and board totals a maximum of $2,950 for qualified applicants, minus work-trade to earn tuition back (and often more) upon graduation. We only accept 8 apprentices, so apply now.

WJECCArtCoverThe Youth Mentoring & Camp Counselors Training  is open to ages 13-17 with prerequisites.

Or check out our Part-Time Quarter, Semester & Academic Year Apprenticeships and 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.