Outdoor & Wilderness Immersion Programs Portland, Oregon
Join the Trackers village. Our outdoor immerison programs offer expert instruction in wilderness survival, tracking, wild plants, homesteading, stealth and awareness, restoration ecology, and archery.
A village of support
Immersion means long-term and in-depth training. In our outdoor immerison programs, you join a college of highly-focused individuals studying natural craft and traditional sklils.
How it works
Many of our immersion programs take place over the course of an entire year, occurring up to one or several weekends a month. Others last less than three-months with an intensive focus on their subject.
Core Immersion Courses
9-months Rangers Wilderness Immersion 1-3 weekends a month immersed in wilderness survival and primitive skills, animal tracking and the arts of invisibility, awareness, ecology, and natural strategy.
9-months Wilders Restoration Immersion 1-3 weekends an month immersed in wild edible and medicinal plants, homesteading, sustainability, and restoration of native landscapes with village gardens.
1-year Environmental Educator Training Program 3-9 weeks in the summer, 1-3 weekends a month in the fall. Study to be an outdoor skills instructor with Trackers's unique model of environmental education. This program combines training in our Summer Camps with our Rangers or Wilders Immersion.
Specialty Immersion Courses
7-months Archery Training Immersion 1-weekend a month immersed in the sport and art of archery. Our instructors provide expert coaching in archery fundamentals while bridging into more advanced skills.
2-months Hunting Immersion A course on the practice, ethics and regulations of subsistence hunting. This program takes place over a series of evenings and weekends.
Youth Apprenticeship Courses
Trackers Apprenticeships are the opportunity for youth to work with highly experienced mentors in wilderness skills and sustainability.
Ages 11-17 Rangers Apprenticeship Youth work with experienced mentors to develop authentic outdoor skills applicable to all aspects of life, learning, and leadership.
Ages 6-10 Junior Rangers Apprenticeship Youth learn the arts of animal tracking, wilderness survival, tracking and silent movement through the woods.
Ages 7-17 Archery Apprenticeship Intensive training program for any teen or youth interested in archery as a practice and art.
Compare us to the Others
Other Wilderness and Outdoor Skills schools offer year-long immersion programs. We urge you to compare or intensive training with other programs, both locally and nationally. Trackers recognizes the value that deep wilderness immersion training offers to our community. We work hard to commit and donate exemplary resources to keep our program up to one-third the cost of similar courses while maintaining the most intensive and professional level of skills mentoring and certification available anywhere.