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Part-Time Apprenticeship: The Neighborhood Naturalist

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.

2018 dates are April 7 – June 16 including celebration campfire on the last day. 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 $975 including all courses, workshops and materials. Complete our simple registration process or email us to be put on our our list for this program or our other apprenticeships.

Neighborhood Naturalist Apprenticeship Schedule

April 7 Apprentice 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 experiences at home during the week.

April 14 Apprentice Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Birds and Their Voices, Wildlife Safety, Awareness, Animal Tracking & Trailing  workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Mt Rainier just 30 minutes from Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field experiences at home during the week.

April 21 – Apprentice Gathering with Chris & Kim at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market Earth Day Celebration at 9:00-2:00; Visit Chris & Kim’s study site from 2:30-5:30. Work on Wolf Journey field experiences at home during the week.

April 28 – Apprentice 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 experiences at home during the week.

May 5 Apprentice 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 experiences at home during the week.

May 12 Apprentice 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 experiences at home during the week.

May 19Apprentice 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 experiences at home during the week.

May 26 – Apprentice Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Spend the day together at the Paul Bunyon Rendezvous from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field experiences at home during the week.

June 2 – Apprentice 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 experiences at home during the week.

June 9 – Apprentice 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 experiences at home during the week.

June 16 – 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 or 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)
Participant Name & Age:
Cell Phone Number & Anticipated Start Date:






Or email us to be put on our our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch, and once you’ve attended a program, please review us on our Better Business BureauYelpGoogle pages.

Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

We’re looking forward to receiving your application, but feel free to call or email us so we can clarify any questions you have. There is so very much to gain and to give in this program, so we’re looking forward to sharing it with you. – Kim & Chris Chisholm