Returning in 2023! In the meantime, alumni can attend our July 17-23, 2022 Wilderness Survival Trek – Ethnobotany Group!
Join us for an amazing introduction to herbal medicine and wild edible plants, traditional fire-making, plant crafts and much more.
Get hands-on experience with the Top 10 Most Important Plants for health and survival: roast fresh cattails over the fire; make tasty pesto from nettles and pine nuts; and bake pancakes made from acorn flour. Make teas, salves, oils, tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions for health and medicine all of which you will take home when you depart.
We will also spend time focusing on personal health and relaxation with our unique spa day. By the time this incredible week ends, you will be well on your way to becoming a knowledgeable herbalist and wild gourmet chef!
Camp Goals & Skills Covered
The goal of this expedition is to provide participants with hands-on learning about Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine. Skills covered include:
- How to harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants;
- How to understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.);
- How to harvest, process and administer the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest;
- How to honorably harvest and process plants;
- How to make fire, cook over an open fire, and “rock boil”;
- How to make rope from stinging nettle, cattail; cedar bark, and fire weed;
- How to harvest and cook with cattails, and hazelnuts;
- How to make a medicine pouch to fill with your personal herbs;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home, make herbal chocolates;
- How to purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas;
- How to use a map and compass;
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios;
- How to make and maintain fire in any weather, and witness traditional fire by friction;
- Learn Easy Plant Drawing and complete Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants;
- How to make a medicine pouch, dream catcher, and small collecting basket;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home;
- How to make salves, oils, tinctures and other medicines to take home;
- Learn knife safety so you can carry a knife for harvesting.
Ages & Prerequisites
TEEN GROUP: No Prerequisite for Ages 13-15. Ages 16-18 also accepted into the teen group with prerequisite of at least one previous camp, class series or workshop with us.
PRE-TEEN GROUP: No Prerequisite for Ages 11-12. Ages 9-10 also accepted with prerequisite of at least one previous camp, workshop, virtual program or multi-class series with us. No exceptions this year. Options if you haven’t attended anything with us in the past include registering for Spring Family Workshops, Puyallup Day Camps or a Lake Sammamish Day Camp taking place in advance of this week.
Notes: This theme, in its 21st year, is excellent for focused learners, as it is like a mini-college course on herbalism (although very hands-on). It is not recommended for adhd students. For a camp week with more expansive movement, check out Secrets of the Ancient Scout – Wildlife Tracking. For less cerebral and more kinesthetic learning, check out our Wilderness Survival or Ancient Artisan camps. This is not a camp week where kids can be trained to overcome homesickness, or see how much behavioral progress they have made. If you are not sure about the requirements, call us to discuss at 425-248-0253.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997!
Herbiology by camper Ashley Tee –
You can eat herbs, they taste good too,
But pick the right ones, or they could poison you,
You can make tinctures, pesto or fritters,
And watch out, make sure not to eat the critters!
You can also make balm, tea or coffee,
Maybe you can also make hazelnut toffees!
And if you like this herby rhyme,
Then come on down: it’s harvest time!
Arrival, Departure, Directions & Transportation Options
Sunday Arrival Options:
Complimentary 4-5 PM Park Arrival Option: Meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the parkway from the EAST Lake Sammamish BOAT LANDING. Arrive on Sunday between 4:00-5:00 p.m. for orientations and tent set-up. We’ll have food from 5:15-5:45 for those who didn’t eat dinner already and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. We start with a welcoming at 5:30 with introductions and an overview of the week. Accompanying friends/family may depart by 6:00.
$50 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$50 Seattle Airport, Bus or Train Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:30 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate or unaccompanied minor waiting area.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Dinnertime Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at the Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4450 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 on Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us for our closing presentations and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure will be from 5:30-6:00. Please don’t leave before 5:30 since the closing circle is very important for integration of this profound camp experience.
$25 Friday Evening Lake Sammamish Departure Option: Participants can stay late for dinner, campfire, and helping us reorganize camp for the following week, with departure anytime between 6:00-8:00. Although we encourage you to arrive by 4:30 for the workshop and closing ceremonies, we also know that traffic is maddening before 7 pm, so shoot for 8 pm and we’ll see you at the gate. Send a text to 253-225-1547 if your nav shows you arriving after 8 p.m.
$50 Friday Evening Seattle Amtrak, Ferry Terminal or SeaTac Departure Option: Get dropped off at SeaTac Airport, the Seattle Ferry Terminal, or the Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
$50 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants travel back to Puyallup with us and get picked up from the Wolf Camp home office at 1026 14th St SW between 8:00-9:00 pm.
$100 Saturday Morning Lake Sammamish or Puyallup Departure: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday. Dinner and breakfast provided.
$150 Saturday Late Morning-Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport/Bus/Train Station in Seattle-Tacoma in the late morning for afternoon flights. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$275 Full Week Stayover Option: Participants can stay over the weekend with us before joining us for the following overnight camp week. All meals, laundry, etc. provided.
Please choose your contribution level for Overnight Youth Camp weeks. It’s fine to mix and match prices if registering multiple children or weeks, and take cumulative discounts of $5 off per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off per referral of friends who successfully register for camp.
- $975 to attend and sponsor a camper applying for financial aid.
- $925 to attend and sponsor a camper applying for a merit scholarship.
- $875 for 2021 rate which is set to cover our tighter 4-1 student-staff ratio during the pandemic era, and to recover expenses from last year’s pandemic-related cancelations.
- $825 for 2020 rate is fine if you were not able to attend last year due to the pandemic, or are experiencing financial issues this year.
- $750 if your camper completes a merit scholarship.
- $675 if you successfully apply for financial aid to attend camp.
Tuition includes all meals and materials. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Graduating campers also receive an organic t-shirt at their first camp with us, then either an orienteering compass, firesteel, survival knife, recommended field guide, or other essential depending on availability, training and camps attended.
Registration Opens in November 2021
Credit/Debit Card: Just call us at 425-248-0253 between 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM any day of the week and we will take your registration securely over the phone, or leave a message and we will call you back asap.
Check/Mail/Email : Open our Registration Form (Word or PDF or Google Doc) on your computer, fill out one per new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send or email it back to us. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc. You can also send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 or fill out the registration form and pay deposits by calling with a credit card, or using paypal as described below.
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: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)
Email us to be put on our our list for this program in the future.
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, 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 asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.
Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s
Most Asked Question: What are bathroom and sleeping arrangements like? Bathrooms are primitive, and we train campers in wilderness hygiene and private outdoor bathing methods as part of their learning experience. We provide camping tents, and campers may have (or bring) their own, or share one with others, depending on pandemic protocols. We recommend you bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and foam pad, although we have extras if needed. Click on packing list above for more details.