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Wilderness Survival Intensive

1 year, 1 weekend-a-month

Spend a year studying outdoor skills with expert instructors. Learn wilderness survival, bushcraft and tracking. Each month, craft essential gear for your primitive survival kit (while losing the modern equivalent). Finally, test your knowledge and preparation in a 1-week fall survival trek.

Rangers Overnights

At the heart of this program are our monthly weekend overnights. Each day your team trains outdoor skills with core Trackers instructors. In the evening we recreate a village while cooking over open fires. And every moment we rekindle a deep connection to nature as we learn traditional ways of living.

How It Works

Weekend Overnights Wilderness Survival Year students attend monthly training weekends from October to September. During this time you build experience and craft items for your primitive survival kit to use on your One Week Survival Trek. We also expect students to spend personal field time practicing their skill-sets beyond these weekends. Check out the class schedule below.

Weekly Training There are also learning opportunities every week. Year-long students and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thursday).

One Week Survival Trek During the survival trek you use your handcrafted primitive gear along with the experience you cultivated throughout the program on a foraging expedition.


Program staff includes our top Trackers instructors. Founders, core staff and many members of the Trackers community attend. It is a learning environment rich with in-depth knowledge, experience, and opportunity.


October 2018 - September 2019 This program runs October to September. Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
1 Year of Training + One Week Survival Trek Check out the class schedule.

Attend Skills Evenings (Thursday) or Open Archery Range (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) anytime. The option of over 200 more hours of class time for the entire family.

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.


$50 deposit, then twelve monthly payments of $204 (total $2495).


Multi-Weekend Intensive students taking multiple programs get a 10% discount.
Returning Intensive Students Returning Intensive students get a tuition discount based on year of attendance. Discounts typically cannot be combined. Contact Us to learn more.

Work Study Summer - Scholarship with work study. Learn more.


Overnight Weekends Overnights take place at Camp Trackers, 80 acres of incredible Pacific Northwest forest, and the Bull Run Educational Center, 91 acres forest land. A shuttle provides transport options from SE Portland to the campouts.

Skills Club Evenings take place at our headquarters in SE Portland.

Program comes with...

  • One year membership in the Wilderness Survival Year
  • Skill building weekends once a month - monthly weekend overnights
  • Mentoring with expert instructors at Trackers


At the core of our program are our Rangers Camp Overnights. This is where we come together every weekend to craft essential items for our survival trip. Rangers Camp Overnight occur one weekend nearly every month.

Schedule of Weekend Overnights

When signing up for the Wilderness Survival year be sure you make most of the weekends. Weekends average one weekend a month. 

October 19-21, 2018 Field Overnight
November 9-11, 2018 Field Overnight
December 2018 Optional Holiday Party
January 18-20,2019 Field Overnight
February 8-10, 2019 Field Overnight
March 8-10, 2019 Field Overnight
April 12-14, 2019 Field Overnight
May 17-19, 2019 Field Overnight
June 21-23, 2019 Field Overnight
July 12-14, 2019 Field Overnight
August 9-11, 2019 Field Overnight
September 16-20, 2019 Immersive Weeklong & Celebration

Skills Evenings Every Thursday

Wilderness Skills Club is a family-friendly program where all ages are welcome. This is your opportunity for consistent practice and support while learning the skills of Trackers Earth.

Come learn the skills of our Four Guilds. One minute you could join a Rangers Guild instructor teaching fire with no matches and the next you could be spinning wool with the Wilders. All this, plus an indoor archery range to regularly loose arrows. You bring a personal project to work on or join our instructors as they facilitate a group skill.

Open Archery Range Thursday & Friday (Evening), Saturday (Afternoon)

Come loose arrows at our indoor archery range. Hone your archery skills with fellow community members while getting advice from our Archery instructors.

Ask us your questions!