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 Internship Program 9-weeks as a paid intern instrutor in our summer camps. Optional 1-weekend a month of skills training September to June. Get paid while also studying to be an outdoor skills educator in Trackers Earth's unique model of environmental education

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.

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Our Motto

At Trackers we are champions of land and village. We are navigators of an epic world that needs to exist. We are a community where we Remember the celebration of hearth, family and a timeless human story.

Our Mission

Our labor, profits, joys and hopes are directed to generating resources that help create a village of healthy and happy people connected to the land, family and community.

5 reasons to choose our Outdoor Immersion Program...

1) Choice You decide where you want to focus.

2) Depth We intensively train the skills we teach. Our program emphasizes functional knowledge discovered through hands-on learning.

3) Value Our programs are overnights fueled by Trackers's unique approach to education. We do more in one weekend that many long-term outdoor training programs do in one month.

4) Experience Our staff has high level of real world experience with the skills we teach. We draw from personal history, not simply one philosophy or school of outdoor or nature education.

5) Intelligent In an effort to break the routine, we truly challenge you. Bringing you beyond the role of student, helping to cultivate intelligent mastery and ownership of the skills and arts you train.