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Transported After School Outdoors

Get your kids outside! Our Transported After School Outdoors Program (TAO) offers the perfect, necessary balance to a long day of classroom instruction. Creative, active lessons wake-up children to the world around them and to their own competence. Students practice working together, tending to the land and to one another. Trackers kids do more than learn, they engage.

Afternoons Outdoors

The afternoon begins when a Trackers instructor meets your child at school and transports to a local park for outdoor adventure and activities. In fall and spring we are mostly outdoors, during the winter we utilize the Trackers Scout Pit in SE Portland where kids will find artisans studios for blacksmithing and woodworking, along with an expanded 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 Flagship at 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue (Portland, Oregon).

Transported After School Outdoors Program

Program Dates
Trackers After School meets most days school is in session but does have occasional breaks when our Winter/Spring Break camp programs run. Please see our Pricing and Info Sheet for details.
Program Hours
We pick up at school release time and you pick up your child at our SE Portland HQ between 5:15 and 6:00 PM.
Eligible Grades
Students in Grade 1-6 may participate. Contact Us to inquire. Grades may be mixed, though children are mostly separated into groups based on upper and lower grades for age appropriate activities.

Please see below for additional important registration information.

Trackers After School Pricing & Information 2016-2017

Registration and Re-Enrollment

To secure your space for Fall 2016, 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 year; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below).

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 10 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.

Tuition Fees and Dates

You can download our detailed pricing sheet here. Please note that our program begins on Tuesday September 6, 2016 and ends on Friday June 2, 2017. 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):
  • Friday October 14, 2016
  • Wed-Fri November 9, 10, 11, 2016
  • Mon January 16, 2017
  • Fri April 7, 2017
Winter Break (Day Camps at additional Registration):
  • December 19-23, 27-30, 2016
Spring Break (Day Camps at additional Registration):
March 27-31, 2017
Holidays (Trackers CLOSED - No After School Pick Up)
    Nov 24 & 25, 2016 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 26, 2016 - Winter Holiday
  • January 2-6, 2017 (Trackers CLOSED)
  • May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day
  • June 5-9, 2017 – Trackers Summer Staff Training
Sibling Discounts and Scholarships
We offer a 10% sibling discount off the total tuition due for two or more registrations. 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.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy
Because of our small group sizes at each school, we are greatly impacted by mid-year cancellations and withdrawals. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the school year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:
  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals.
  • For all withdrawals, a fee equal to 50% of one monthly payment will apply.
  • If the withdrawal falls within a monthly billing cycle and a refund is due after the cancellation fee is applied, this will be returned to your card.

Contact Us to Learn More

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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.