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Part-Time Apprenticeship: The Neighborhood Naturalist Quarter

Artwork by Joanna Colbert – Design by the Wolf College

The Neighborhood Naturalist Apprenticeship  holds an ethic of habitat conservation and allows flexibility to focus on your favorite areas of interest: plants, geology, birding, wildlife tracking, seashore ecology, nature guiding or specific studies like entomology, for example. It may be repeated for an additional semester to earn a Naturalist Certification upon accreditation. Kim & Chris Chisholm will be your guides throughout the apprenticeship.

2017 dates are April 1 – June 17 plus graduation get-together on June 17th. The program includes all our Saturday Workshops taking place each weekend plus a final Wolf Journey Study Day, as well as guidance through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses with emphasis on Book I – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist, and your choice of either Book II – Trail of the Traditional Herbalist or Book III – Trail of the Wildlife Tracker.

Tuition totals $950 including all courses, workshops and materials. Complete our simple registration process by March 20th or email us to be put on our our list for this program or our other apprenticeships.

Neighborhood Naturalist Apprenticeship Schedule

April 1, 2017 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Backcountry Navigation & Leadership workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 8, 2017 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wildlife Safety, Awareness, Tracks & Trails (Bear, Elk, Cougar, Coyote & Other Critters) workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Mt Rainier just 30 minutes from Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 15, 2017 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Understanding Birds and Their Voices workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 22, 2017 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-5:30 at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market Earth Day Celebration followed by campfire cookout at Blue Skye Farm. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 29, 2017 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wolf Trackers Conservation Training workshop from 10:30-5:30 just 30 minutes from Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 6, 2017 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Tracking the Teanaway Wolf Pack from 10:30-5:30 along the Teanaway River near Cle Elum. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 13, 2017 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wilderness Survival including Bow Drill Fire Making workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 20, 2017 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 27, 2017 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Edible Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea workshop from 10:30-5:30 at Deception Pass WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

June 3, 2017 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

June 10, 2017 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wolf Journey Study Day from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

June 17, 2017 – Apprenticeship Gathering from 9:00-10:00; Wolf Journey Study Day from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Apprenticeship Graduation Campfire Party from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Choose Your Participation Level

There are three levels at which you can participate in this program. First, you can simply enjoy the course and graduate by attending weekly classes or workshops during the quarter, and completing all introductory field exercises from Book I – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist, plus Book II – Trail of the Traditional Herbalist or Book III – Trail of the Wildlife Tracker.

Second, you can work toward a Neighborhood Naturalist certificate by completing the above work, the equivalent of two semesters of classes and workshops, and passing evaluations including Outdoor Awareness Level I, Ethnobotany Level I, Track & Sign Level I which are available to take in September.

Third, you can become a Certified Naturalist by completing the above, spending the equivalent of one summer of expeditions and two semesters of classes and workshops with us, and passing the above evaluations to Level II along with Ethnozoology Level I, Ethnogeology Level I, Sustainability Level I, and Environmental Pedagogy Level II.

Complete our simple registration process by March 20th or email us to be put on our our list for this program or our other apprenticeships.


You can also begin by making a non-refundable deposit via PayPal: (account not necessary for debit and credit cards; we’ll call or email you with follow-up info asap)
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