Courses

OWLE (Outdoor Wilderness Living Experience)
“I love Wilderness School! It is a great way to learn what the Indians did and it helps me learn about ways to survive in the wilderness alone." - Brian, Owle student

“My daughter LOVES OWLE! Thanks for being such amazing guides” – Melissa

“You have changed my life and my son’s.  Getting him into the outdoors with you has had a huge impact on who he is becoming.  It is so clear to me that this is feeding his soul.  Thanks again.” - Paula

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Owle is our day long Friday or Saturday program.  Students spend each day, sharing responsibilities as a tribe and practicing skills that all our ancient ancestors once knew. We play together, learn together and do chores together. We learn how to build emergency shelters, make primitive arrows, collect pitch from conifers for glue, how to make a fire pit, build and maintain a fire. Then there is lunch, learning to cook over a fire, that’s another new experience. What fun!

This unique program is offered on two different days at two different locations, the choice is yours.  The Fall program, begins every September through mid-December, the Winter program is January and February, then the Spring program starts up again in March through mid-June.  Friday Owle is held in Woodinville area, while the Saturday program will continue to be held at “Coyote Camp” in the Edmonds area. Hours are 10 am until 4 pm. Ages 8–13.  Tuition is $632 for each season.

ANCESTRAL SKILLS PROGRAM

“Just wanted to say a quick thank you for the wonderful experience our son had earlier today with you.  He clearly had a magical, special day that he will hold dear forever.  I appreciate all the work you guys put into your time with the kids.  Thanks again.”           - Alison

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This is the most advanced and challenging program that we now offer. Students will be trained in awareness, tracking, primitive and survival skills, shelter construction and acquiring food through team work in a small and intimate community. Registering students must be at least 13 years of age and possess some outdoor experience.
The Ancestral Skills tribe members will be attending one day long outing per month, totaling 4 to 5 days per season and one overnight campout in the spring, unlimited attendance to the regular OWLE program. Tuition is $545 per each season. Ancestral Skills students will be encouraged to mentor and teach during Owle attendance.

PATHFINDERS
“Our youngest son is so looking forward to joining Pathfinders with his brother, and to learn about nature from your wonderful staff. We are thrilled too, that our boys have such an amazing opportunity (I wish we had such an opportunity when we were young).” – Mother of four boys

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Wandering, exploring and discovering.  Seeing and becoming aware.  Students will be learning about nature and our connection to it while playing in the woods.  This is what the PathFinders program is all about.

This program is designed for students ages 5 to 7.  Guided by our experienced naturalists, PathFinder students will be acquiring the basic skills, knowledge and experience to allow them to be comfortable in the outdoors in any weather.

Outings are offered two Thursdays or one Saturday a month from 10:00am to 2:00pm in a local park.  Outings are scheduled for the fall and spring season.

Advanced registration required.

“Through the Eyes of a Naturalist” PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

"Hawkeye and Quiet Heart are an integral part of our curriculum. Enhancing our student's education and lives." - Kait, Olympic View Montessori

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Our preschool curriculum designed for 3- to 5-year-olds was created to follow the seasons and the calendar with a child’s curiosity toward learning. Added to your preschooler's existing school program, we will come into their classroom and open their eyes and minds to the view of a naturalist. Standard program involves two 45 minute visits per month. Fee is $85 per visit. We can also conduct and lead special fieldtrips for your child’s preschool.

 

NEW! FAIRIES, FORTS & MAGIC STONES - Exploring the Magic of the Forest
Come spend the week or your choice of days exploring the mysteries of the Yost Park woods. We will be building fairy houses, observation forts, learning about the stone people, Grandfather Maple and looking for Trolls under the bridge.
June 26th-30; 9:00-3:00; Ages 7-13.
Tuition is $200 for the week or $55 per day.

SUMMER IN THE WOODS
2017 Sessions
Session 1: July 3-14
FULL - Session 2: July 17-28
FULL - Session 3: July 31-August 11
FULL - Session 4: August 14-25

“Summer in the Woods” is an outdoors, in the woods, full day summer of fun. A truly unique summer experience! Students will participate in hands-on naturalist activities, wilderness games, crafts, native storytelling and much more, while the whole time being outside getting fresh air and exercise.

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Come join us for another wonderful summer at beautiful Yost Park in Edmonds.

Sessions begin the end of June through mid-August.
Refer to our website calendar for specific session dates.
Monday thru Friday. 9 am to 3 pm. Ages 7 to 13.
A 2-week session is only $375.00. 10% Discount for siblings.
Registration opens January 27, 2017.

FOREST CAMP

2017 Sessions
Session 1: July 3-7
Session 2: July 10-14
Session 3: July 17-21
Session 4: July 24-28

“Forest Camp” is our one week outdoors, in the woods, full day summer of fun. A truly unique summer experience! Students will participate in hands-on naturalist activities, wilderness games, crafts, native storytelling and much more, while the whole time being outside getting fresh air and exercise.

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Come join us for another wonderful summer at beautiful Yost Park in Edmonds.
Monday thru Friday. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Ages 7 to 13.
This 1-week session is only $225.00. 10% Discount for siblings.
Registration opens January 27, 2017.

LITTLE CHIPMUNKS CAMP
2017 Sessions
FULL - Session 1: July 5,6,7
Session 2: July 10, 12, 14
Session 3: July 17, 19, 21
Session 4: July 24, 26, 28

Join us to play in the Lynnwood woods this summer!  Open to students ages 4 to 6

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Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuition is only $105.00 per session
Join us for one or ALL sessions!

PRIMITIVE SKILLS CAMP
2017 Sessions
FULL - Session 1: July 17-21
FULL - Session 2: July 31-August 4
Five very full days of learning some of the skills that our ancestors all knew in order to survive.  Students will make & practice with their own bow-drill fire sets, make rawhide containers, primitive candles, burn out spoons, make dead fall traps and their own arrow.  This will be a project-oriented week with lots of treasures coming home.

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This camp is designed for students 8 to 13.  Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Tuition for this busy week is $245

SURVIVAL SKILLS IMMERSION 4 DAY CAMP
August 14-17 - 4 days of survival skills and personal discovery.
Must be 13 or older and have some outdoor experience.
Group maximum size is 10 - must register by May 1
Tuition is $365
Lead guides are Ted Packard & Leah "Sparrow" Houghton

SCHEDULE OF 2017 WORKSHOPS

Dec. 10, 2016
Family Plant Medicine 1
The Lodge, Lynnwood -  10:00 to 2:00, $45-$65, ages 10+, 8 w/ an adult

February 4, 2017
Willow Random Weave Baskets
Lynndale Park - 10:00 to 2:00 - $65 - ages 12+ - 8 to 12 with an adult
Random weave baskets break all the rules of basket weaving guidelines, allowing for free flow of your weavers and form.

February 18, 2017
Plant Medicine 2 -Natural Herbal Salves
Lord Hill Regional Park, Monroe; 10:00 to 2:00; $45-$65; ages 10+; 8 w/ an adult

February 25, 2017
PVC Survival Bows 1
Coyote Camp, Edmonds; 9:00 to 12:00; $55; ages 8+
Join us to learn how to make a simple but effective bow out of PVC pipe.

March 11, 2017
PVC Survival Bows 2
Mill’s Farm, Woodinville; 9:00 to 12:00; $55; ages 8+

March 25, 2017
Cattail Twined Baskets
The Lodge, Lynnwood; 10:00 to 3:00; $65; ages 12+; 8 to 12 with an adult

April 8, 2017
Family Plant Edibles - An Identification and Foraging Adventure
Lord Hill Regional Park, Monroe; 10:00 to 3:00; $45-$65; ages 10+; 8 w/ an adult

May 13, 2017
Knap In, Intro. To Flintknapping
The Lodge, Lynnwood; 10:00 to 3:00; $65; ages 8+
If you've ever wondered how an arrow point is made, come learn from our flintknapper, Sam.

May 13, 2017
How to Spark a Fire
Edmonds; 10:00 – 4:00; $60; ages 8+
Participants will learn the basic laws of fire and the will learn how to use a parabolic lens, a battery + steel wool, flint + steel, magnifying glass and more. This workshop includes the materials needed to build your own bow drill fire set.

May 20th and June 17
Basic Wilderness Survival
9:00-3:00; $205 for individuals; $285 for Parent/Child pairs
Spend 2 full days learning the hands-on skills needed to survive outdoors. This workshop culminates in an optional sleep-out in a survival shelter of your own making. We will cover the four basic survival needs in an urban or wilderness situation - water, shelter, food and fire.

May 21, 2017
Wilderness Navigation
Lord Hill Regional Park, Monroe; 10:00 to 4:00; $45-$60; ages 10+
Can you follow a compass through the wilderness? Can you do the same without a compass? Join us for a fun day in the woods while learning essential navigation skills.

July 15 -16, 2017
Longbow Making
The Lodge, Lynnwood; $225; all ages; under 10 with a parent
Spend 2 days creating your own beautiful hickory bow. This workshop includes instruction on instinctual shooting and your first arrow.

August 5, 2017
Antler Handle Knife Making
The Lodge, Lynnwood; $85+the cost of a blade; ages 8+; under 10 attends with parent
Participants in this workshop go home with an antler handle knife and sheath of their own creation.