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Forest School Teacher Training

Sept - May (3 days a week)

One of the most intensive Forest School Teacher Training courses available.

In this 9 month, comprehensive program, gain the core skills and essential principles for Forest School education and operations. Study curriculum development for interdisciplinary environments to blend academics with hands-on, outdoor learning. Reconnect with nature while developing your own capacity in wilderness skills, forest craft, and ecological awareness. Become an ambassador for a culture that needs to exist.

Free December 13 - Wilderness Year Info Night

Where Trackers Earth Portland
When 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Ecology of Education

As a Forest School Teacher, learn to develop educational curriculum with an ecological perspective. Through the diversity of the natural world, the wilderness itself becomes an important teacher for your students.

Child Development Our program focuses on all levels of development and learning. From early childhood to adolescence, we need Forest Schools and their teachers to serve all ages in education.

Ecology of Education Cultivate your ability to craft interdisciplinary learning environments that blend academics with hands-on, outdoor learning. Understand core educational standards and how to potentially exceed them by leveraging the benefits of Forest School.

Field Practicum & Experience Get hands-on experience observing real Forest School classes and outdoor education courses. Apprentice with leading Trackers Earth teachers while learning to develop and implement your own curriculum.

Forest School Strategies Experience and identify the nearly limitless learning strategies possible through the natural classroom. From nature play to harvesting through seasonal rounds, from classical naturalist studies to the profound depth of animal tracking and ecological mapping, Forest School education provides countless opportunities for both teacher and students.

Forest Craft: Live What You Teach

Forest Craft is our foundation for connection to the natural world. In this program, you experience the wilderness as a class community and village: foraging, gathering, and wildcrafting. Your 9 months-of-study and preparation culminate in a 1 week Wilderness Survival Trek graduation.

Gathering, Foraging & Fishing Forage for roots, leaves, fruits, and shoots. Learn skills of identification and safe harvest of wild foods. Fish and forage the rivers, lakes and coastlines for aquatic life. Preserve what you gather for your larder and pantry.

Wilderness Survival & Forest Craft Find shelter, water, fire, and food. Craft with stone, bone, and fiber. Navigate and stay safe in the wilderness. Develop essential safety skills for long-range wilderness travel.

Homesteading Your class joins a shared farm plot at our 90-acre campus in Sandy, Oregon. Learn to preserve the bounty and harvest of the land.

Primitive Kit Make the gear you take. Weave baskets, craft fire makers, and create stone tools. Forge your knife through blacksmithing. Use what you make in a 1 week Wilderness Survival Trek in the spring.

Natural History & Ecology Learn to read the stories of the forest. Track herds of elk and the trail of the bobcat. Fit these pieces together towards a deeper understanding of ecology and personal connection to nature.

Archery + Bow Making Develop functional field technique for using the bow in a wilderness setting. Improve form and accuracy. Handcraft your own wood bow and stone-point arrows.

Guiding and Operations

Unique to this program is an overview of essential organizational, operational, and professional skills. We help you to explore the market for both employment and entrepreneurial development within the fields outdoor education and Forest Schools. Begin to understand everything from simple budgets to new business plans.

Outdoor & Organizational Leadership Develop your capacity and experience for leadership on all organizational levels. Learn essential practices, from guiding groups in the field to managing large and small organizations.

Livelihood & Business Planning Strategically chart your course for a sustainable and ethical livelihood as a Forest School Teacher. Learn how to write a business plan for organizational development.

Outdoor Safety & Operations Receive your Wilderness First Responder Certification. Keep yourself and your students safe in the outdoors. Learn to manage the day to day operations of program gear and logistics.

Trackers Outdoor Education

Trackers Earth is one of the leading providers of Forest School and Outdoor Education. Offering both youth and adult programs, we serve over 20,000 students per year in our educational camps, school, and skills courses. The Trackers Forest School is one of the few Forest Schools encompassing Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School and High School. We train and work with a staff of over 300 outdoor educators on an ongoing basis. Our teachers bring this history and depth of experience in the real world of outdoor learning to your education.

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