July 29 – July 3, 2020 Wild Family Camp at Lake Sammamish


Cost for for all activities from 9:30-3:30 Mon-Fri is just $295 for adults and youth (minimum two family members, at least one being an adult) with discounts for children ages 6 and under ($50 less per year of age) and optional primitive camping fee of $35/night/family, or choose many near-by lodging options. There are also many near-by grocery and restaurant options for meal planning. The schedule includes:

Monday 1:15-3:15 Lostproofing & Awareness, Compass & NavigationThis class will begin at the Lake Sammamish State Park main entrance Rotunda Shelter, and end at the Hans Jensen Group Camp across from the park’s boat launch, with shuttles provided back to the main entrance. The class will be a fun and informative way to learn how to exponentially increase your senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing to get your bearings in the wilderness. In addition to introducing the 30 ways to navigate in the wilderness, we will be using fun and entertaining games and activities to practice and learn these new skills, which you will be able to use for the rest of your life. Of course, we will also train you on the special Wolf College 4 Step Method of using a compass. Click to register on our Meetup Site.

Tuesday 9:45-11:45 Wildlife Safety & Bird Language – Practice what to do in case of encounters with bears, wolves and mountain lions. In this class, you will also learn about how birds communicate, both with other birds as well as animals and humans. In so doing, you’ll know where those big animals are moving through the forest! Click to register on our Meetup Site for this class located at the Hans Jensen Group Camp of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Tuesday 1:15-3:15 Tracking & Trailing Wild Animals We will start class with an overview of wildlife tracking to help you recognize tracks and other signs of animals, including track characteristics of mammal families present in our bioregion. Your instructors will arrange a “tracking scenario” consisting of track “cut-outs” to solidify your understanding of track identification, plus educated interpretation of what animals are doing based on their tracks. We will also choose some volunteers to demonstrate “animal forms” which are the way animals move, as this is critical to really understand how tracks get laid on the ground. Finally, we’ll embark on a real-life tracking expedition into the depths of the park, trailing what we find. Click to register on our Meetup Site for this class located at the Hans Jensen Group Camp of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Wednesday 9:45-11:45 Wilderness Survival including Best Emergency ShelterThe world can be a dangerous place sometimes; one never knows when they may end up in a survival situation.  This class seeks to give you a run down on all the skills needed for any short term survival event, whether that is a day hike gone wrong, a disaster emergency or a fun two hour class for the whole family. Click to register on our Meetup Site for this class located at the Hans Jensen Group Camp of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Wednesday 1:15-3:15 Old School Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel – We will walk you through the best way to make a fire and view a variety of materials to see how they burn as tinder. We will start the bow drill portion of the workshop by reflecting the symbolism of the parts of the bow drill kit, and you will realize why this method of fire-by-friction was preferred (and superior even to matches) for lighting fires in cold and wet climates. It should only take 10 seconds to create a coal if your kit is well constructed. Click to register on our Meetup Site for this class located at the Hans Jensen Group Camp of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Thursday: Independence Day Campfire Cooking, Music & Madness from 5-9 PM is a fundraiser for the Conservation College at the Hans Jensen Group Camp of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Friday 9:45-11:45 Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters – We’ll start this class by practicing honorable harvesting methods and plant stewardship as we select the plant parts we need and carefully collect and store them for later use. You’ll learn when and where to look for the Top 10 Edible Plants of our region, and how to identify and prepare them.  We’ll also spend some time examining poisonous look-a-likes and we’ll discuss safety in the forest. Finally, we’ll go on a foray for wild edible insects! Click to register on our Meetup Site for this class located at the Hans Jensen Group Camp of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Friday 1:15-3:15 Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft – In this class you will be introduced to the myriad wild medicinal plants in Clark’s Creek Park, plus go deeper into neighboring state land to harvest a variety of materials that can be used for basketry and rope making. You will learn techniques for creating strong natural cordage, learn about gardening herbs and turning them into medicine. Join us in an herbalist’s paradise where we hope this will be just about the best intensive learning experience you can find on utilitarian plants anywhere. Click to register on our Meetup Site for this class located at the Hans Jensen Group Camp of Lake Sammamish State Park.


Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmKim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors running kids day and overnight camps at our hallmark 6-1 average adult-child ratio and overseeing instructors-in-training leading family classes at an approximately 8-1 ratio for safe, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!

Registration Opens Feburary 1, 2020

Pick and choose classes listed above for $25 each on our Seattle Area Meetup Site (opens new tab). To add camping at $25/family/night, use one of the options below:

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

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with a note indicating names and age range of registrants, plus cell phone number.

Or Use PayPal to register via secure online donation with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Sign into paypal.com and just “send money” to our email address and we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time 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 may be required 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 case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it 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. 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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