Our Saturday Nature Apprenticeship offers 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.
2020 dates are February 8 – May 16, 2020 including celebration campfire on the last day. The program includes 6 Saturday Workshops and 8 Wolf Journey Study Days, 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.
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.