The Neighborhood Naturalist

Cover Art: Joanna Colbert

Wolf Journey Book One – The Neighborhood Naturalist leads you into Urban & Rural Habitat Conservation on a path to becoming your neighborhood naturalist.

All ages are welcome on the journey. Start by finding a study site in Chapter One, where you will carry out your chapter lessons throughout the course. Each time you visit your study site, you will walk more intimately within the landscape.

By the time you complete the course – no matter what age you may be – you’ll have become a key resource for the natural world in your community, and likely the go-to expert on habitat conservation in your neighborhood.

The original books are now being republished as online courses. Click here to send an email so we can notify you as we launch the Neighborhood Naturalist on September 12th for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

Table of Contents: The Neighborhood Naturalist

Starting the Journey (Free Webinar on Sept 12, 2020)
Cover Artwork by Joanna Colbert: The Sun

Part I – Experiencing, Researching & Documenting Your Study Site

Chapter 1 Intro: Creating A Study Site (Sept 19, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 1A: Finding Your Peaceful Place
Experience 1B: Capturing The Moment
Experience 1C: Mapping Your Study Square
Experience 1D: Appreciating Site Characteristics

Chapter 2 Intro: Sensory Awareness Skills (Sept 26, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 2A: The Survival Breath & Peripheral Vision
Experience 2B: Deer Ears & Bear Nose
Experience 2C: Snake Taste & Raccoon Hands
Experience 2D: Exploring With All Your Senses

Chapter 3 Intro: Fears & Risk Management (Oct 3, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 3A: Exploring Fears
Experience 3B: Assessing Risks
Experience 3C: Mitigating Risks
Experience 3D: Trusting Your Place

Chapter 4 Intro: Water, Weather, Skies & Climate (Oct 10 2020 Webinar)

Experience 4A: Watching, Assessing & Adjusting Water
Experience 4B: Experiencing, Researching & Mitigating Wind
Experience 4C: Observing & Documenting the Celestial Bodies
Experience 4D: Tracking & Sharing Your Climate & Weather

Chapter 5 Intro: Minerals, Geology & Historical Features (Oct 17, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 5A: Finding & Researching Your Mineral
Experience 5B: Identifying & Manipulating Your Mineral
Experience 5C: Researching & Discovering Your Geology
Experience 5D: Sharing & Reflecting on Your Geology

Part II – Experiencing, Researching & Documenting the Stationary Species

Chapter 6: Your Fungus, Algea, or Lichen (Oct 24, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 6A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 6B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 6C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 6D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 7: Your Moss, Fern, Horsetail or Wort (Oct 31, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 7A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 7B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 7C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 7D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 8 Your Monocot – Grass, Rush, Sedge, Orchid or Lily (Nov 7, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 8A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 8B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 8C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 8D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 9: Your Dicot  – Complex Flowering Plant, Deciduous Tree or Shrub (Nov 14, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 9A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 9B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 9C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 9D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 10: Carbon Sequestering Tree – Conifer, Ginkgo, Cycad or Gnetophyta (Nov 21, 2020 Webinar)

Experience 10A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 10B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 10C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 10D: Reflecting & Sharing

Part III – Experiencing, Researching & Documenting the Moving Species

Chapter 11: Your Worm or Gastropod (March 20, 2021 Webinar but available on Dec 5 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 11A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 11B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 11C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 11D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 12: Your Flying Insect (March 27, 2021 Webinar but available on Dec 12 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 12A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 12B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 12C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 12D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 13: Your Arachnid (April 3, 2021 Webinar but available on Dec 19 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 13A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 13B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 13C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 13D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 14: Your Fish or Bird (April 10, 2021 Webinar but available on Dec 26 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 14A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 14B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 14C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 14D: Reflecting & Sharing

Chapter 15: Your Mammal, Reptile or Amphibian (April 17, 2021 Webinar but available on Jan 2 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 15A: Finding & Identifying
Experience 15B: Sketching & Photographing
Experience 15C: Experiencing & Cultivating
Experience 15D: Reflecting & Sharing

Part IV – Manifesting Habitat Restoration & Conservation

Chapter 16: Investigating Conservation Projects (April 24, 2021 Webinar but available on Jan 16 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 16A: Neighborhood Assessment
Experience 16B: Weighing Options
Experience 16C: Getting Input
Experience 16D: Choosing Your Project

Chapter 17: Building Conservation Partnerships (May 1, 2021 Webinar but available on Jan 30 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 17A: Preparing Presentations
Experience 17B: Reaching Out
Experience 17C: Gathering Together
Experience 17D: Facilitating Meetings

Chapter 18: Gathering Conservation Resources (May 8, 2021 Webinar but available on Feb 13 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 18A: Listing Needs
Experience 18B: Delegating Tasks
Experience 18C: Promoting Donations
Experience 18D: Accounting & Maintenance

Chapter 19: Conservation Work Parties (May 15, 2021 Webinar but available on Feb 27 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 19A: Surveying Community
Experience 19B: Assessing Response
Experience 19C: Planning Events
Experience 19D: Facilitating Parties

Chapter 20: Publishing Conservation Results (May 22, 2021 Webinar but available on Mar 13 for those who can work ahead)

Experience 20A: Documenting Changes
Experience 20B: Adjusting Methods
Experience 20C: Sharing Results
Experience 20D: Accepting Feedback

Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses

Wolf Journey course books consist of 20 chapters, each with four core study experiences that can be completed as a series of lessons to earn a conservation certificate in your area of interest.

Book One: The Neighborhood Naturalist (2020-21 Academic Year Rollout)
Book Two: The Traditional Herbalist (2021-22 Academic Year Rollout)
Book Three: The Wildlife Tracker (2022-23 Academic Year Rollout)
Book Four: The Survival Scout (2023-24 Academic Year Rollout)
Book Five: The Sustainable Citizen (2024-25 Academic Year Rollout)
Book Six: The Environmental Educator (now available by special request)

Click here to send an email so we can notify you when courses launch.




Please consider a contribution if you benefit from the Wolf Journey course, and help us keep Wolf Camp and the Conservation College at Blue Skye Farm going during this time when we can’t run spring workshops. We’re hoping to keep administrative staff employed in advance of the summer camp season. Thanks!