Wilderness Skills Instructor Training

Training Description

In this 9-month, immersive program, connect with nature by re-engaging with traditional ways of living. Get hands-on experience in bushcraft and wilderness survival while developing your instructional skills. Train to provide experiences in diverse natural environments while studying outdoor program development. Live the life you teach while you forage, hunt, gather, and fish as a class community and village.

Adventure in Learning

The wilderness skills you learn reconnect you with the natural world. This program is more in-depth than typical outdoor educator courses. Cultivate your knowledge of wild edible plants and outdoor lore. Practice the ancient art of animal tracking. Learn to navigate on and live with the land. Forge your own knife for bushcraft. Make your own bow for archery. Craft your primitive camping gear and kit. Finally, test your knowledge and preparation in a 1-week survival trek to graduate.

Fishing & Foraging Fish and forage the rivers, lakes, and coastlines for aquatic life. Craft your own hunting and fishing tools. Harvest invasive species for food and to restore the habitat.

Gathering & Wild Plants Gathering & Foraging Forage for roots, leaves, shoots, fruits. Learn skills of identification and safe harvest of wild foods. Preserve what you gather for your larder and pantry.

Wilderness Survival Find your shelter, water, fire, and food. Craft with stone, bone, and fiber. Navigate and stay safe in the wilderness. Develop essential safety skills for long-range wilderness travel.

Primitive Kit Make the gear you take. Weave baskets, craft fire makers, and create stone tools. Forge your knife through blacksmithing. Use what you make in a 1-week Survival Trek in the spring.

Natural History & Ecology Learn to read the stories of the forest. Track the herds of elk and the trail of the bobcat. Fit these pieces together towards a deeper understanding of ecology and personal nature connection.

Homestead Collective Your class joins a shared farm plot at our 90-acre campus in Sandy, Oregon. As a community, you raise food for your pantry and the year-ending harvest celebration.

Archery & Bowmaking Develop functional field technique for using the bow in a wilderness setting. Improve form and accuracy. Handcraft your own wood bow and stone-point arrows.

Forest Craft: Live What You Teach

Forest Craft is our foundation for connection to the natural world. In this program, you experience the wilderness as a class community and village: foraging, gathering, and wildcrafting. Your 9 months-of-study and preparation culminate in a 1 week Wilderness Survival Trek graduation.

Gathering, Foraging & Fishing Forage for roots, leaves, fruits, and shoots. Learn skills of identification and safe harvest of wild foods. Fish and forage the rivers, lakes and coastlines for aquatic life. Preserve what you gather for your larder and pantry.

Wilderness Survival & Forest Craft Find shelter, water, fire, and food. Craft with stone, bone, and fiber. Navigate and stay safe in the wilderness. Develop essential safety skills for long-range wilderness travel.

Homesteading Your class joins a shared farm plot at our 90-acre campus in Sandy, Oregon. Learn to preserve the bounty and harvest of the land.

Primitive Kit Make the gear you take. Weave baskets, craft fire makers, and create stone tools. Forge your knife through blacksmithing. Use what you make in a 1 week Wilderness Survival Trek in the spring.

Natural History & Ecology Learn to read the stories of the forest. Track herds of elk and the trail of the bobcat. Fit these pieces together towards a deeper understanding of ecology and personal connection to nature.

Archery + Bow Making Develop functional field technique for using the bow in a wilderness setting. Improve form and accuracy. Handcraft your own wood bow and stone-point arrows.

Guiding & Operations

Unique to this program is an overview of essential operational, organizational, and professional skills. We help you to explore the market for both employment and entrepreneurial development in wilderness skills and outdoor education. Begin to understand everything from simple budgets to new business plans.

Outdoor & Organizational Leadership ​Develop your capacity and experience for leadership on all organizational levels. Learn essential practices, from guiding groups in the field to managing large and small organizations.

Livelihood & Business Planning Strategically chart the course for a sustainable and ethical livelihood as a wilderness skills instructor and educator. Learn how to write a business plan for organizational development.

Outdoor Safety & Operations Keep yourself and others safe in the outdoors. Receive your Wilderness First Responder Certification. Learn to manage the day to day operations of program gear and logistics.

Field Practicum & Experience Get hands-on experience observing our real wilderness skills and outdoor education courses. Ride along with top Trackers Earth instructors while learning to write your own curriculum.

Principles of Outdoor Education Delve into the principles and theory of outdoor education. Learn to work with all ages, from youth to adult, crafting a greater range for educational livelihood.

 

 

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Learn More and Contact Us about Wilderness Skills Instructor Training

Contact Person: 
Chris Codino
Phone: 
(503) 345-3312
Training Dates: 
Monday, September 10, 2018 to Saturday, May 18, 2019
Date Details: 
9-months with weekly training days every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Field days offer hands-on projects and team-based expeditions. The program also has overnight camping and field trips.

Training Location

Address: 
Trackers Earth
4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97215
United States