Featured in the New York Times 7/06/2020 – The past meets the future, from our backyard to yours:
- Online Summer Day Camps for Kids, Youth, Adults & Family are Wait-Listed: Click here for Virtual Summer Camp FAQs
- Tuesday Classes in the Fall focus on Herbal Medicine & Plant Crafts from Sept 15 – Nov 17, 2020, followed by Gardening & Cooking Wild Edible Food Plants in the spring of 2021.
- Thursday Classes in the Fall focus on Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft Skills from Sept 17 – Nov 19, 2020, followed by Wildlife Tracking & Birding in the spring of 2021.
- Saturday Classes for all ages guide you through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Course – Book One: The Neighborhood Naturalist.
“Huck’s Song” written by Chris Anderson.
Wish you had your own mentor to help discover the secrets of nature around your house? You can with us! Our summer camps and academic year classes include study experiences around a personal “sit spot” – an interactive, scientific method of outdoor education using your own “control group” area from which to compare everything else in nature. It’s the ultimate STEAM Educational experience!
Our virtual summer camps and academic year classes are designed for all ages, and we leave it up to parents to decide if their children are old enough to participate, as well as whether to participate alongside them online and outside during the day. Register as a household unit, and make new friends
Virtual Academic Year Classes Online
Tuesday Classes on Herbal Medicine & Plant Crafts include • 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern for micro-schools, homeschoolers, and youth and family; or choose • 5 PM Pacific / 8 PM Eastern for adults – with teens, high school and college students welcome. A full season of ten classes plus unlimited access to our private community site for participants of the Fall Tuesday class series costs $195, and just $50 per additional household member sharing a connection. Or drop into one class for $25 and stay online to ask questions afterwards. Maximum of 10-12 households per class series. Click here for Tuesday class topics, schedule and registration information.
Thursday Classes on Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft Skills include • 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern for micro-schools, homeschoolers, youth and family; or choose • 5 PM Pacific / 8 PM Eastern for adults – with teens, high school and college students welcome. A full season of ten classes plus unlimited access to our private community site for participants of the Fall Thursday class series costs $195, and just $50 per additional household member sharing a connection. Or drop into one class for $25 and stay online to ask questions afterwards. Maximum of 10-12 households per class series. Click here for Thursday class topics, schedule and registration information.
Saturday Classes start with a free webinar on Sept 12th at 9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern to introduce you to nature journaling and 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. Click here for Saturday class topics, schedule and registration information.
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.
Virtual Summer Camps Online
July 27-31 is waitlisted:
- Virtual Secret Spot – The Ultimate Outdoor STEAM Camp (waitlisted; or check out our Neighborhood Naturalist academic year classes)
Aug 3-7 is waitlisted:
- Farm The Yard – Sustainability & Self-Sufficiency for Kids, Youth & Adults (waitlisted)
Aug 10-14 is waitlisted:
- Wildlife Search & Rescue (prerequisite: satisfactory participation in previous Virtual Secret Spot or any in-person wildlife camp)
Aug 17-21 is waitlisted:
- Wild Cooking & Herbology (prerequisite: satisfactory participation in one previous virtual or in-person Wolf Camp)
Aug 24-28 is waitlisted:
- Wilderness Survival Craft (prerequisite: outstanding participation in at least two virtual camps, or one virtual and one previous in-person camp)
Aug 31 – Sept 4 is waitlisted:
- The Conservation Scout (prerequisite: outstanding participation in at least two virtual camps, or one virtual and one previous in-person camp)
“”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
These online camp options are simple but amazing. The day starts similar to other online classes, where you meet in a private online room with dedicated instructors. Then after receiving inspiration and instructions for the day, you head outside and experience the wonders of having a “sit spot” around your home. We get together again periodically over the course of the day to review discoveries, assess skills, redirect energies, and build our knowledge of nature. The past meets the future, from our backyard to yours! Click here to register.
Then join us in the fall as we roll out the online edition of Wolf Journey Book One – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist on a path to becoming your neighborhood naturalist. Begin the journey by finding a study site where you carry out lessons of Urban & Rural Habitat Conservation throughout the course. Each time you visit your site, you will walk more intimately within the landscape, and by the time you complete the course, you will have become a key resource on the natural world for your community, and perhaps the best expert on habitat conservation in your neighborhood.
Virtual Wolf Camps 2020. Image Courtesy New York Times 7/6/2020. Or choose Physical Summer Camps including Kids Day Camps at Lake Sammamish & Puyallup as well as Overnight Camps near Mt. Rainier & Puyallup.
Virtual Summer Camp FAQs
What online format will we use? We are currently using Zoom & Google Meet. If you have an alternate preference, please email us your recommendation.
What’s the daily schedule? Virtual Day Camps run Monday-Friday with hours including: (Pacific Daylight Times)
- 8:50-9:00 AM Camp Director & Instructors start the day with camper hellos as they join, and a camp song.
- 9:00-10:00 AM Opening Session with Instructor & Assistant Instructor; 10:00-11:30 Independent Outdoor Activity;
- 11:30-12:30 Mid-Day Session with Live Instruction; 12:30-2:00 Continued Independent Outdoor Activity ;
- 2:00-3:00 PM Closing Session, Review, Show & Tell;
- 5:00 PM Camp Director reviews day with lead instructor, assistant instructor, students who continued with independent outdoor activity after 3pm, and parents who would like to give/receive feedback on the day.
We live in a hot summer climate in an earlier time zone than you. Can we get the list of activities in advance and complete those in the morning or evening in order to stay out of the afternoon heat? Yes, we will share our Virtual Camp Activities & Certificate Checklist with you after you register, and you can do those activities whenever you like.
Is is like online school? No one has thought so yet. Reasons seem to be that because participants are engaged the whole time – live with instructors and fellow campers rather than consuming static slide shows – the virtual camps create real connections between participants. Our multi-directional communication does not seem to cause screen fatigue either, and further, kids report that they are spending time outside more than they ever have before.
What ages can participate? All ages, youth and parent, may participate. You register as a household unit. However, the course is not recommended for ages 8 and under unless an older sibling or adult is helping. Depending on enrollment, we may create separate groups based on age and whether parents in the household are participating, but normally, camp groups are mixed ages. We leave it up to parents to decide if their children are old enough to participate, as well as whether to participate alongside them online and outside during the day.
Who are the instructors? This is where Wolf Camp shines. As you can see from the schedule above, camp directors Kim & Chris Chisholm start and end the day, with professionally-trained Staff Instructors returning from multiple years of teaching. Our goal is to create the safest, most profound online and outdoor experiences possible for all ages.
How are the instructor-student groups arranged? Participants keep the same staff and camp-mates all week. Our ratio for physical camps this year is a tight 4-1, whereas it’s normally 6-1 for our youth camps, and 8-1 for adult/family camps. The ratio for virtual camps is approximately 10 households with the 2 instructors, depending on theme of the week.
What if only one member of the household meets the prerequisite for “advanced camps,” can we still register? Yes, that’s fine, but it would be the parent’s responsibility to bring a child without prerequisite up to speed, with the understanding that lacking fundamental skills may create a safety issue or sense of failure. If you have two devices available with adequate band width to run separate live streams, and your household can manage the logistics, then we recommend signing children up for different camp groups.
Can we register for multiple camps at once, including advanced camps, even if we haven’t completed the prerequisite yet? Yes, as long as a camp registration is open, and the prerequisite will be met by the time camp starts, that’s fine.
Can we sign up for a half-day, or can we participate more/less on certain days of the week? Yes and no. Just take your plans into consideration when you choose your tuition payment level – options listed below. We assume that the younger or more busy a participant is, the more likely they are to spend just the morning session with us, possibly even checking out after the lunchtime session. We hope that every participant, particularly the older someone is, the more s/he will spend the entire day focused on camp, online and outdoors. We recommend that participants not schedule anything else all week, at least not before lunchtime, and preferably not before the 3 PM (Pacific) closing circle is over. We have found over the years that when campers stay the entire time, they learn and retain information far better, and feel much more successful with the experience.
Can we miss the first morning? No on this question, unless someone else in the household can catch a participant up. The day and week builds entirely on the morning session(s). Do everything you can to prepare in advance so there are no tech issues on Monday so you can join around 8:45, or by 9:00 am the rest of the week. (Pacific Times)
Can we get a refund if we cancel or lose interest during the camp week? Please see our refund policy below, which only allows for a full credit if you cancel before the start of camp. To mitigate financial risk, consider paying the $95 deposit to register your household, and then contribute the remainder of your balance during the first day of camp. You can also add additional contributions later in the week if it turns out a parent wasn’t able to participate as planned, meaning a child needed more support from Wolf Camp instructors than anticipated, or more likely, if you find that the virtual camp was better than you imagined.
Cost & Registration
Make a $95 deposit to register your household, and then add an additional balance (at time of registration, or anytime through the first day of camp) depending on your circumstances described below. There may also be material ordering costs: we will provide one-click ordering options from amazon and other sources when appropriate, as well as “save money and make it at home” options. See registration Step 2 on your chosen virtual camp theme for details.
- $95 recommended for a parent directing off-line child(ren), or households with current financial hardship;
- $195 recommended for one child with full-time parental/nanny support, or low income households with additional children;
- $295 recommended for one child with little parental participation, or two children with parental/nanny support;
- $395 recommended for two children with little parental participation, or three children with parental/nanny support;
Step 1 – Register (all summer sessions now waitlisted)
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.
Step 2 – After Receiving Confirmation
Order Materials: We will provide one-click ordering options from amazon and other sources, as well as “save money and make it at home” options. See individual virtual camp theme pages (under Step 2 of registration) for materials specific to each theme with updates June 5th & June 20th.
Step 3 for first time virtual camp participants, at least two days in advance of camp:
Copy and complete the Virtual Camp Household Registration Form (just once per household – or if you cannot view it, let us know and we will email you a Word version) and share your completed copy with us, keeping your editing access but making Camp Director Chris Chisholm the owner so he can share it with appropriate camp instructors, and we can mutually update/edit the form as days/weeks/years go by. All information remains confidential in perpetuity and will only be shared on a need-to-know basis. The registration form must be completed with input from all participants, as it 1) contains questions our instructors have of everyone involved, and 2) contains agreements for participation that everyone must understand for safety.
Step 4 for first time virtual camp participants, at least one hour in advance of camp:
Test software if new to you. We are currently using Zoom & Google Meet. If you have an alternate preference, please email us your recommendation.
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.
Or email us to be put on our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it.