Expeditions – Adult Wilderness Skills Courses

Conservation College Poster 2016 B copySummer Training Camps & Expeditions run Sunday-Friday and are lead by top teaching staff with expertise in many different earth skills. Expeditions are open to all but geared towards young adults, with priority to those who have attended classes and workshops with us in the past.

June 30 – July 5, 2019: Teaching Nature: Training for Environmental Educators & Nature Guides on Lake Sammamish near Seattle.

July 7-12, 2019: Wilderness Survival Training & Trek near Mt. Rainier.

July 14-19, 2019: Tracking Wolf Country – From Birds to Bears in the North Cascades.

July 28 – Aug 2, 2019: Wild Cooking & Herbal Medicine ethnobotany training with field trips around Western Washington.

August 4-9, 2019: Scout Philosophy & Mentoring with priority enrollment for participants in our apprenticeship program.

August 18-23, 2019: Traditional Tech: Craftwork of the Ancient Artisan with priority enrollment for participants in our apprenticeship program.

August 25-30, 2019: Subsistence Fishing Camp with priority enrollment for participants in our apprenticeship program.

June 21-26, 2019: Backcountry Leadership – Wilderness Conservation, Navigation & Risk Management in sagebrush canyonlands east of Mt. Rainier.

Want to go further in depth? Apply for our full-time summer residential programs:

Wolf Journey Book 8 Cover Artwork by Joanna Colbert of GaianTarot.comThe Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship has been our hallmark residential program since 1999 and is available for qualified participants who want to learn to teach wilderness skills in a fast-paced, outdoor setting. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the summer you have the skillset necessary to work anywhere in the field of outdoor education. Be part of our 20th Summer, arriving anytime between June 7-15 to get settled in, attending all our summer camps and expeditions, and departing in late summer or fall after completing earth skills coursework. $3,000 tuition for early-summer trainings is discounted for previous experience as well as optional early-summer work trade, and fully reimbursed for assisting at summer camps later in the summer, until you are ready to join payroll. Apply by June 15th for a chance to participate in our June 16-20 staff training with pilot Earth Skills Teaching Apprentice (1999) and Alone Season 6 Contestant (2019) Nikki van Schyndel:

Farm Internship IconThe Blue Skye Farm Internship is a sustainable homesteading program with “permaculture” and entrepreneurial components. The goal is for you to practice cultivating the home environment in a way that benefits nature as well as humans. Certified by the Washington State Farm Internship Program, you’ll help run Blue Skye Farm, home of Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, growing and selling produce on site. Arrive on June 7th, and depart in the fall after the last fruits, nuts and berries are ready for market. $1,500 tuition includes basic living expenses, is discounted for previous experience, and is reimbursed through farm sales, until you join payroll later in the summer. We have one room still available in the farmhouse for Summer 2019 so apply asap before space fills.

Coming in 2020: The Wilderness Skills Training Intensive is our fundamental summer residential experience for young adults who want to focus soley on building their outdoor skills. It’s the fastest path to wilderness proficiency through an intensive array of earth skills. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the summer you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to thrive in any outdoor situation. $6,000 base tuition including all living expenses can be discounted for previous training, education, personal outdoor experience, and work-trade.

Or check out our Weekend Workshops.