Classes & Workshops

Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science has offered classes and workshops for 25 years. Workshop instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm are currently taking a break from academic year programs but you can join us in the summer for the following programs.

Summer Workshops:

In-person workshops run 9:30-3:30 and cost $95 for the first family member, $90 per additional family member.

Wed, July 6, 2022: Wilderness Safety, Navigation & Survival Skills including the risk management, emergency first aid, navigation challenges, wildlife encounters, and practicing the order of survival.

Guardian of the Fire by Joanna Powell ColbertThu, July 7, 2022: Advanced Fire & Shelter including bow drills, bivouac beds and willow wikiups. Carve a friction fire kit, build a personal “bivi bed” or “eagle’s nest” shelter, harvest and lash a group shelter frame with willow shoots and bark, then thatch with tall grasses, tules and cattails.

Fri, July 8, 2022: Wild Foods Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making including hands-on harvesting and cooking of wild edible plants around Blue Skye Farm, plus making herbal salves and tinctures.

Cost & Registration:

Email us to be put on the reservation list, with priority to those who attend two or more workshops. In-person workshops run from 9:30-3:30 with time afterwards for hands-on help. Cost is $95 for one workshop/person, and $90 for each additional workshop and/or friend/family member registering together.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send with a check payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant names, your phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about.

Or Use PayPal to register via secure payment with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

Or email us to be put on our our list for the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it. Have you ever attended one of our programs before? Please review us on our Better Business Bureau, Facebook, Yelp &Google pages.

Previously Recorded Classes: Ethnobotany Series & Survival Series

Purchase a series of online classes to practice skills over the winter:

(New York Times Photo Clip 7/06/2020)  Classes are an average of one hour with instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm.

The Teacher by Joanna Colbert
Cover Art: Joanna Colbert

Series of 10 Recorded Live Classes on Herbal Medicine & Plant Crafts

  • Class 1 – The Art & Science of Herbal Medicine, Wildcrafting & Wild Food Nutrition (content example)
  • Class 2 – Summer Medicine Cabinet Staples: Mint, Chamomile, Lavender, Plantain & More (content example)
  • Class 3 – Winter Medicine Cabinet Staples: Yarrow, Arnica, Rose Hips, Pine Needles, Marshmallow, Elder & More (content example)
  • Class 4 – Stinging Nettles for Medicine, Rope & Fiber Crafts (content example)
  • Class 5 – Cattails & Sedges for Cordage, Coasters, Weaving & More (content example)
  • Class 6 – Grasses & Rushes for Insulative Sitting Mats, Thatching Roofs & More (content example)
  • Class 7 – Willows for Medicine, Basketry, Lashing & Shelter (content example)
  • Class 8 – Oak Tree Craft Projects & Processing Acorn Flour (content example)
  • Class 9 – Top Trees & Shrubs for Digging Sticks, Drums, At-Latls, Bows & Arrows (content example)
  • Class 10 – Making Alcohol Tinctures (Yarrow Example), Rose Honey & Glycerites (Fennel Example) as well as the best plants/trees for fire by friction and fire maintenance
The Seeker by Joanna Colbert
Cover Art: Joanna Colbert

Series of 10 Recorded Live Classes on Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft Skills

  • Class 1 – The Order of Survival & Four Minutes to establish Personal Awareness, Communication & Teamwork (content example)
  • Class 2 – Local Knowledge & Four Hours to Make Shelter (content example)
  • Class 3 – Fire Decisions & Four Days to Pure Water (content example)
  • Class 4 – Wild Medicine & Four Weeks to Secure Food (content example)
  • Class 5 – Wilderness First Aid, Knife & Tool Training (content example)
  • Cass 6 – Fire Steel, Tinder, Criss-Cross Fire Making & Burn Bowls (content example)
  • Class 7 – Fire By Friction: Bow Drill, Hand Drill, Flint & Steel (content example)
  • Class 8 – Rabbitsticks & Bow Making Primer (content example)
  • Class 9 – Arrows & At-Latl Dart Primer (content example)
  • Class 10 – Special Final Classes on Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft Training, including how to make string, rope and cordage from plants like raffia, cedar and stinging nettle; and a special guest speaker Seth Kantner live from above the arctic circle. Seth is an acclaimed photographer and author of books including Ordinary Wolves, Swallowed by the Great Land, Shopping for Porcupine, Pup and Pokey. Due to the miracle of modern technology, this will be a rare opportunity for us to hear about surviving and thriving in the wilds of Northwest Alaska.

Coming in 2023: The Neighborhood Naturalist

Cover Art: Joanna Colbert

Wednesday Classes launching the online edition of Wolf Journey Book One – The Neighborhood Naturalist will begin in 2023. The classes are excellent for adults wanting to immerse themselves in nature, as well as for micro-school learning pods and home school students wanting a comprehensive nature curriculum.

2023 Neighborhood Naturalist Classes will run on Wednesdays from March 17 – May 19 and return in the fall from Sept 15 – Nov 17. Class times will include 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern, and 5 PM Pacific / 8 PM Eastern, and last one hour each, with plenty of time afterwards to ask instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm questions.

Registration includes passwords to Neighborhood Naturalist chapters as they are rolled out over the academic year, plus access to our private community site for participants actively working through Neighborhood Naturalist study experiences. It’s where we post supplemental resources and class recordings in case you miss them live, but it also provides a sense of community and crowd-sourcing help as you complete each study experience.

The spring season of ten classes costs $295, and you can add additional household members for just $100 each. Springtime participants can also add 10 fall classes for just $100 extra, plus $50 per additional household member who participated in the spring Click here for Neighborhood Naturalist class topics, schedule and registration information.

If you can’t join the live class series, you can gain access to the Neighborhood Naturalist curriculum and its community group site (with resources and class recordings) for $100. See paypal registration options below.

FAQ: Can we use the Wolf Journey – Neighborhood Naturalist curriculum on our own, even if we are not participating in classes? Yes. In that case, the cost for the curriculum is $100, whether or not you are participating in Tuesday or Thursday classes, and includes membership in our Saturday student group site where resources (and class recordings) are posted, and where you can get feedback from Kim & Chris Chisholm as well as other students working through the curriculum. The curriculum without student group membership will become available next summer for $25 plus tax, after it is rolled out during this academic year.

Virtual Class FAQs

What online format do we use? Zoom in 2021. Google Meet in 2020.Were classes live and interactive? Yes. Instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm engage participants throughout.

Do you sell the recordings afterwards? Yes, we might have them available for purchase later at a reduced price, so we will ask all participants to sign a release granting permission.

What ages can participate? All ages may participate, although online classes are not recommended for ages 8 and under unless an adult is helping. We leave it up to parents to decide if children are old enough to participate, as well as whether to participate alongside them online and outside with recommended activities.

Can we get a refund if we cancel? Our refund policy below only offers credit for future programs if you cancel, such as if the recorded online format doesn’t appeal to you and you prefer attending future programs in-person. Our official refund policy states that deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 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 is needed 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 cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, epidemics, grid failures, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe 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. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, 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.