Advanced Wildlife Tracking, Wildcrafting & Plant Foraging

July 7-13, 2024 overnight youth camp with prerequisites near Mt. Rainier

This week, campers returning from overnight camps in previous years will be in for a treat – many treats, that is, of the wild edible kind. Forage for plants, wildcraft herbal medicines, and follow animals to see what they are eating. Become a master tracker of plants and animals as we delve deep into the mysteries of bird language and other secrets to help you find what you’re looking for. See what the birds see, eat what the animals know are safe, and emerge from the week with the knowledge that you can nourish yourself in the wilderness.

Scope animals and further your “hunting” skills through photographty; track down “missing” friends in challenging lost and found scenarios; review the basics of wilderness first aid; spend day and night making every effort to track down wild creatures in our quest to photograph, eat and wildcraft what we find, spending time on river sand bars, old forests, beautiful meadows, and in good company of like-minded friends.

Camp Availability: TBA in May 2023

Ages 9-13 & 13-17: Open/Available with prerequisite required: either The Wildlife Safari in prior years (takes place simultaneously), or you complete the Wilderness Navigation & Orienteering Challenge with flying colors the week prior.

Ages 18 and up including parents may attend Tracking Wolf Country: From Birds to Big Critters running simultaneously.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to provide you with a deep understanding of the intricate relationships in the Natural World. Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list:

  • Track down animals and document their presence;
  • Manage a survey of animals to ensure how many are in an area;
  • Mimic at least 10 birds, including their song, alarm calls, companion calls, and aggression calls;
  • Understand specific ways that animals depend on plant communities for their survival;
  • Camouflage yourself and your documenting gear;
  • Articulate the needs of animals, both in writing and public speaking – emphasis on endangered species;
  • Communicate clearly and work well with teams;
  • Find wolves and other mega fauna.

Camp Schedule:

Sunday: Review & Set Goals for the Week;

Monday: Spend the Day on the River; Track Resident Elk Herd; Observe Sign of Active Beavers; Practice Distinguishing the Tracks of Coyotes, Mink, River Otter, Raptors;

Tuesday: Enter the wild world of foraging on plants and insects, just like animals with similar digestive systems to ours.

Wednesday: TBA

Thursday: TBA

Friday: TBA

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm are co-leading this camp week with staff assistants.

Location, Pick-Up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click here for location and transportation details which are the same as for the intro Wildlife Safari or the adult Tracking Wolf Country running simultaneously.


Costs are the same as for the intro Wildlife Safari or the adult Tracking Wolf Country running simultaneously.

Click here for costs to attend multiple weeks: Recommended additions to make this week most successful for you include taking Backpacking into Wolf Country, Survivors Side of the Mountain, Wilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp in prior weeks, plus Secrets of the Ancient Scout, Epic FishingHonorable Hunting in August.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional camp you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

Additional Expense: Campers are highly encouraged to bring a digital point-and-shoot camera with super-zoom for this camp. Otherwise, the only additional expenses you may incur for this course are for specific pieces of gear and health insurance. We have plenty of extra gear in case you cannot acquire something and recommendations for inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary.

Registration Options:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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

Refund Policy: Payments 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 may be 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, grid failures, epidemics, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe 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 a no-show without prior notice, or asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

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Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Recommended Packing List for Overnight Camps at Lake Sammamish

Homesickness Protocol & Prevention

Health & Safety in the Pandemic Era

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions