Wildlife Search & Rescue – Online Summer Day Camp for Kids, Youth & Family

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Ever wish you had a mentor help you find where the birds are nesting around your house, why and what they are singing, how to understand nocturnal animal tracks and sign, where the spiders and bugs are coming from, and other secrets of wildlife tracking? Now you will! Repeat campers can now join us for the online version of our exciting Wildlife Search & Rescue camp.

Wildlife Search & Rescue – Online Camp for Kids, Youth & Family (with prerequisite)

Explorer of Air artwork by Joanna Colbert modeled by Chris ChisholmJoin together virtually to explore the critters living in, around and hear your house! We’ll train you to recognize wildlife tracks and sign, and every “find” will be used as a lesson to gain better understanding of who made the tracks; why it made the track; where it made the track; when it made the track; and what it was doing when it made the track.

Discover what it is like to be a bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, spider, or other animal using your sensory awareness skills to interpret what’s happening around you. Learn to understand and use the language of the birds and will practice interpreting bird language through a series of experiments. Work together to make plaster casts of the animal tracks you find; craft tracking sticks; safely move through nature; and investigate trails, lays, larders, and other signs of life.

Participants will work as a team to develop skills of leadership, patience, orienteering, dexterity, and fun. Additionally, our staff, some of whom are Search & Rescue volunteers, will direct you how to navigate in the wilderness and track people!

Weekly Overview of Virtual Wildlife Trackers

Please note:  Topics are subject to change based upon your location, instructor preference and camper input.


  • Introductions, Agreements & Awareness Skills;
  • Lostproofing & Wildlife Safety;
  • Animal Forms and the Arts of Tracking;


  • Animal Families & Wildlife Journals
  • Tracks, Bones & Hides
  • Teamwork, Virtual Hand Signals & First Scouting Expedition


  • Language of the Birds
  • Animal Tracks & Sign Challenge
  • Insects & Spiders, Reptiles & Amphibians


  • Scatology, Scent Marks, Browses & Lays
  • Plaster Casts, Beaver Dens & Dams
  • Trailing Animals & Lost People


  • Wild Animal Search & Rescue
  • Farm & Pet Medicine: Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Rabbits & Rodents

These online camp options for youth and family 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 all the possibilities offered 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.

Or choose Physical Summer Camps including Kids Day Camps at Lake Sammamish & Puyallup as well as Overnight Camps near Mt. Rainier & Puyallup.

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.

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, as well as “save money and make it at home” options. See registration Step 2 below for material details TBA.

  • $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 (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. The current draft of optional Wild Search & Rescue  materials include: Colored Pencils (Diy- any pens or pencils around the house will work) and Plaster Cast

Step 3 for First Time Virtual Campers

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 Campers

Download software if new to you. We are currently using Zoom & Google Meet. If you have an alternate preference, please email us your recommendation.

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.

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.

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