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

Wednesday Classes begin March 17, 2021 and 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.

Classes run from March 17 – May 19, 2021, guiding you chapter by chapter through skills of the Neighborhood Naturalist, and continue in the fall from Sept 15 – Nov 17, 2021. Classes times include 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern for micro-school learning pods, homeschoolers, and youth and family, or choose 5 PM Pacific / 8 PM Eastern for adults – with teens, high school and college students welcome. Classes 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 as you complete study experiences.

The spring season of ten classes, 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. Spring class series participants can also add 10 fall classes for just $100 when registration opens, plus $50 per additional household member who participated in the spring. See paypal registration options below or click here for FAQs. The classes are great for:

  • Personal Outdoor Enrichment
  • Independent Study Programs
  • Micro-School Learning Pods
  • Homeschool Families
  • Distance Learning

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. Again, see paypal registration options below if you prefer that option.

Class Schedule

Spring Season

  • March 17, 2021 on Chapter 1: Creating A Study Site
  • March 24, 2021 on Chapter 2: Sensory Awareness Skills
  • March 31, 2021 on Chapter 3: Fears & Risk Management
  • April 7, 2021 on Chapter 4: Water, Weather, Skies & Climate
  • April 14, 2021 on Chapter 5: Minerals, Geology & Historical Features
  • April 21, 2021 on Chapter 6: Fungus, Algea & Lichen
  • April 28, 2021 on Chapter 7: Moss, Fern, Horsetail & Wort
  • May 5, 2021 on Chapter 8: Monocots – Grass, Rush, Sedge, Orchid & Lily
  • May 12, 2021 on Chapter 9: Dicots  – Complex Flowering Plants, Trees & Shrubs
  • May 19, 2021 on Chapter 10: Carbon Sequestering Trees – Conifer, Ginkgo, Cycad & Gnetophyta

Autumn Season

  • September 15, 2021 on Chapter 11: Worms & Gastropods
  • September 22, 2021 on Chapter 12: Flying Insects
  • September 29, 2021 on Chapter 13: Arachnids
  • October 6, 2021 on Chapter 14: Fish & Birds
  • October 13, 2021 on Chapter 15: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians
  • October 20, 2021 on Chapter 16: Investigating Conservation Projects
  • October 27, 2021 on Chapter 17: Building Conservation Partnerships
  • Nov 3, 2021 on Chapter 18: Gathering Conservation Resources
  • Nov 10, 2021 on Chapter 19: Conservation Work Parties
  • Nov 17, 2021 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 Opens in December 2020

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 and “send money” to our email address.

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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