The Conservation College runs three unique, full-time summer programs. These technical training programs lead to personal enrichment, meaningful jobs, and for some graduates, self-employment in the outdoor field.
The Earth Skills Training Intensive is our fundamental summer residential experience for ages 18-28. If you want the fastest path to wilderness proficiency through a wide array of outdoor skills, this is the program for you. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the summer you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to thrive in any outdoor situation. Arrive anytime between June 7-15 to get settled in, attend all our summer expeditions, practice wilderness skills coursework in every available moment, or help with summer camps when desired before departing in early September. Click here for details on this summer residential wilderness skills training program. Total costs including everything – food, facilities, gear, books, instruction, transportation – range from $4,000 for those who have a lot of previous experience, to $8,000 for those with no previous outdoor training. Either way, the summer program usually leads to employment here or elsewhere within months. We can accept 6 participants in 2019, so apply by March 25th for the best placement opportunity.
The Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark residential program since 1999 and is available for qualified participants 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. Be part of our 20th Summer, arriving between June 7-15 to get settled in, participating in all our summer camps and expeditions, and departing in late summer or fall, with off-season wilderness skills coursework provided for ongoing education. Click here for details on this advanced wilderness skills training program. This is a 100% work-trade program if you complete the summer. The official cost of $3,600 for wilderness skills training weeks in the first half of the summer is refunded at $600/wk for assisting and co-teaching youth and family camps in the second half of the summer. There are absolutely no other expenses an apprentice would need to make all summer long, other than personal entertainment, etc. We can accept 6 new apprentices in 2019, so apply by March 25th for the best placement opportunity.
The Blue Skye Farm Internship is an entrepreneurial homesteading, sustainability and “permaculture” program that cultivates the home environment in a way that benefits nature and humans. Certified by the Washington State Farm Internship Program, you’ll help run Blue Skye Farm, home of Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, growing and selling produce on site. Arrive on June 7th, and depart in the fall after the last fruits, nuts and berries are ready for market. We can accept just 3 interns as part of the Washington State Farm Internship Project, so click here for all the details. This is a 100% work-trade program if you complete the summer. The official cost of $1,975 for early summer trainings is reimbursed by the end of summer through farm product sales and assisting at a couple of youth and family camps. Interns who continue selling produce into the fall come out ahead financially, and often return as employees the following year. One room remains available for Summer 2019 so apply right away.
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.