Outdoor & Wilderness Immersion Programs Portland, Oregon
Join the Trackers village. Provide for your clan, connect with nature and be ready to thrive through anything the world throws at you. Our outdoor immersion programs offer expert instruction in wilderness survival, tracking, wild plants, homesteading, stealth and awareness, restoration ecology, and archery.
Build Sustainable Community
Immersion means long-term and in-depth training. In our outdoor immersion programs, you join a college of highly-focused individuals studying natural craft and traditional skills.
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 a subject.
Core Immersion Courses
1-year Trackers Village Program 1 weekends a month September to August, and ongoing skills evenings and days year-round. Discover an incredible connection with nature and community. For one year join the Trackers family as we celebrate, work and learn together as a village. Learning takes place through projects that help create the village. During monthly weekend campouts and wilderness skills days you choose from hands-on activities within our Four Guilds.
1-year Environmental Educator Training Program 3-9 weeks in the summer, 1 weekends a month September to August, and ongoing skills evenings and days year-round. Study to be an outdoor skills instructor with Trackers's unique model of environmental education. This program combines learning as an assistant in our Summer Camps with our Trackers Village 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.
Grade 1-12 Rangers Apprenticeship Youth work with experienced mentors to develop authentic outdoor skills applicable to all aspects of life, learning, and leadership.
Grade 5-12 Wilders Apprenticeship Youth train in the seasonal harvest of wild plants, restorative caretaking for the land, homestead crafts, woodworking, animal husbandry and even outdoor cooking.
Grade 2-12 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.