Saturday Live Classes on Wolf Journey Book One – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist


Wish you had your own mentor to help discover the secrets of nature around your house? You can with us, where the past meets the future, from our backyard to yours. Neighborhood Naturalist classes revolve around your personal “sit spot” – an interactive method of outdoor education using your own “control group” area from which to compare everything in nature. You’ll receive inspiration and instruction during class, then head outside to experience wonders of your “sit spot” before returning to share discoveries with other participants on our private Neighborhood Naturalist site.

Cover Art: Joanna Colbert

Saturday Classes begin with a free webinar on Sept 12th at 9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern to introduce you to Wolf Journey Book One – The Neighborhood Naturalist which is excellent for adults wanting to immerse themselves in nature, as well as for micro-school and home school students wanting a comprehensive nature curriculum.

Saturday classes continue through the fall from Sept 19 – Nov 21, 2020, guiding you chapter by chapter through skills of the Neighborhood Naturalist, and continue in the spring from March 20 – May 22. Classes begin at 9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern and last one hour, 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.

The fall season of ten classes which continue after the free introductory webinar, plus perpetual access to the Neighborhood Naturalist student group on our community site, costs $295, and you can add additional household members for just $100 each. Fall Saturday class series participants can also add 10 spring classes for just $100 when registration opens in the new year, plus $50 per additional household member who participated in the fall.

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

Saturday Class Schedule

Sept 12: Free Introductory Nature Journaling Webinar

Autumn Season

  • September 19 on Chapter 1: Creating A Study Site
  • September 26 on Chapter 2: Sensory Awareness Skills
  • October 3 on Chapter 3: Fears & Risk Management
  • October 10 on Chapter 4: Water, Weather, Skies & Climate
  • October 17 on Chapter 5: Minerals, Geology & Historical Features
  • October 24 on Chapter 6: Fungus, Algea & Lichen
  • October 31 on Chapter 7: Moss, Fern, Horsetail & Wort
  • Nov 7 on Chapter 8: Monocots – Grass, Rush, Sedge, Orchid & Lily
  • Nov 14 on Chapter 9: Dicots  – Complex Flowering Plants, Trees & Shrubs
  • Nov 21 on Chapter 10: Carbon Sequestering Trees – Conifer, Ginkgo, Cycad & Gnetophyta


Spring Season

  • March 20 on Chapter 11: Worms & Gastropods
  • March 27 on Chapter 12: Flying Insects
  • April 3 on Chapter 13: Arachnids
  • April 10 on Chapter 14: Fish & Birds
  • April 17 on Chapter 15: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians
  • April 24 on Chapter 16: Investigating Conservation Projects
  • May 1 on Chapter 17: Building Conservation Partnerships
  • May 8 on Chapter 18: Gathering Conservation Resources
  • May 15 on Chapter 19: Conservation Work Parties
  • May 22 on Chapter 20: Publishing Conservation Results

“”A buck walked right beneath me!” Exclaimed my 8th grader. “I was so quiet, the buck never even knew I was there!” Our connection to the natural world begins in our own backyards. The leaders at Wolf Camp guided the kids on a week of self discovery and adventure, unlocking the overlooked secrets of our own back yard. From the first moment the online class began, the leaders inspired curiosity, imagination and humor. I also enjoyed watching my kids light up from having learned meaningful crafts like compass work, tracking and foraging. Their field notebooks and assorted collectibles will definitely be a gem to look back on someday, in our 2020 Corona Time Capsule.” – Gabriela Ashford, Port Townsend WA

Click here for Virtual Class FAQs and here for our “sit spot” educational philosophy.

Registration (see paypal drop-down menu for price options)

For Drop-In Classes: Click here to register for the free Sept 12th introductory webinar, and look for registration information for remaining classes as they are posted.

For Class Series & Curriculum Access: Either call us at 425-248-0253 ex. 1 and we will take your registration with a credit card securely over the phone, or use PayPal to register online securely 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 paypal.com and “send money” to our email address.


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Refund Policy

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 or 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. 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.

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