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Transported After School Outdoors

Get your kids outside! Our Transported After School Outdoors Program (TAO) offers the perfect balance to a long day in the classroom. Each day offers creative and active lessons. While adventuring outdoors, kids wake up to the world around them. They discover confidence and competence. Students work together in a team lead by experienced outdoor educators.

Afternoons Outdoors

The afternoon begins when a Trackers Educator meets your child and their friends at school. They journey to a local park for outdoor adventure and activities. In fall and spring we are mostly outdoors. During the winter we sometimes utilize the Trackers Scout Pit in SE Portland, where kids find artisans studios for blacksmithing and woodworking, along with our archery range.

Students train in archery, wilderness survival skills, homesteading and storytelling. We may learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, go fishing, make pickles or dye a scarf with wildflowers.

At the end of the day, you pick your child up at our SE Portland Headquarters at 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue (Portland, Oregon).

Transported After School Outdoors Program

Program Dates
Trackers After School meets most days school is in session. See below for a complete list of exclusions.
Program Hours
School release time (varies with each school) through Pick-up at our SE Portland Headquarters (Pick up is between 5:15-6:00 PM) 
Eligible Grades
Grade 1-6.  Grades may be mixed for activities.


Please see below for additional important registration information.

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2017, we require a non-refundable $50 deposit per child, per enrolled day. In August, all families will enroll in our monthly payment plan and your tuition due is divided into nine equal payments (less your deposit). Payments are automatically debited on the first of the month from September – May. Please note that registrations are for a full school year; for information on mid-season withdrawals please see below for our cancellation policy.

If you are unable to provide your deposit now due to financial hardship, please contact us directly so we may make alternate arrangements.

Please note that all programs are contingent on registration numbers. Although rare, Trackers reserves the right to cancel after school groups at schools that do not meet our minimum enrollment requirement of at least 7 campers. In this circumstance, we will make an announcement to all enrolled families at least 2-weeks prior to the start of each term. If we do cancel any class or session, we fully refund all registration fees and deposits.

What about winter weather?

While Trackers Kids learn to embrace every weather outdoors, we also know that comfort is essential to a life of inspirational learning and appreciation of nature. Fall and Spring have an intensive outdoors focus while winter stresses hands-on crafts in our Artisans studio. During the more challenging weather, your child could be crafting a woodworking project, spinning wool or training in one of the largest indoor archery ranges in Portland. If there is no school for safety concerns, there will also be no after school program.

Tuition Fees and Dates

Monday Tuition - $120/month ($1080 for 9 months)

Tuesday Tuition - $140/month ($1260 for 9 months)

Wednesday Tuition - $132/month ($1188 for 9 months) 

Opal School - Wednesday Tuition - $147/month ($1320 for 9 months)

Thursday Tuition - $132/month ($1188 for 9 months)

Friday Tuition - $120/month ($1080 for 9 months)

Please note that our program begins on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and ends on Friday, June 1, 2018. There is also no Trackers after school during school holidays, no-school days, etc. Your payment is pro-rated for the exact number of days your school is scheduled to be in session.

Finally, there is no Trackers after school at any of our schools during the following days:

No School Days (Day Camps at additional Registration):
  • October 13, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • November 8-10, 2017
  • November 22, 2017
  • January 15, 2018
  • January 29, 2018
  • February 19, 2018
  • April 13, 2018
Winter Break (Day Camps at additional Registration):
  • December 18-22 & 27-29, 2017
Spring Break (Day Camps at additional Registration):
March 26-30, 2018
Holidays (Trackers CLOSED - No After School Pick Up)
    Nov 23 & 24, 2017 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 25 & 26, 2017 - Winter Holiday
  • January 1-5, 2018 (Trackers CLOSED)
  • May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day
  • June 4-8, 2018 – Trackers Summer Staff Training
Sibling Discounts and Scholarships
We offer a 10% sibling discount off the total tuition due for two or more registered siblings. Limited scholarship funds are available for cases of financial hardship. We recommend applying as soon as possible as scholarships are awarded in August. Please contact us for more details.

Refund Policy - Transported After School Outdoors

Cancellations:

  • Deposits are non-refundable.

  • Two weeks (14 days) notice is required for cancellations.

  • All Cancellations must be received via email to register-portland@trackersearth.com.

  • Your canceled tuition will be calculated to include two additional weeks of your existing After School Days which you are welcome to attend.

  • For additional options see Best Fit Guarantee

  • Due to our obligations to plan ahead, prepare materials, and pay our instructors and staff consistently, we do not credit or refund tuition for scheduled absences or no-shows.

  • Registrations and payments are non-transferable to other accounts.

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The Four Guilds

Story is at the heart of all great education and adventure. We believe our lives on this Earth can be epic in both play and learning. All of Trackers camps, classes and productions can also be seen as great theater. Throughout our adventures you get to take part in one or more of our guilds: Rangers, Wilders, Mariners and Artisans.

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

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Mariners Guild

The Mariners Guild trains us in the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may study water ecology to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

In the Mariner's wood shop, we may build a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, Mariners always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild, you can count coming home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

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Artisans Guild

The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.