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Wilderness Skills Instructor Training

Sept - May (3 days a week)

Our Mission Develop the best outdoor educators and guides in the field.

In this 9-month, immersive program, connect with nature by re-engaging with traditional ways of living. Get hands-on experience in bushcraft and wilderness survival while developing your instructional skills. Train to provide experiences in diverse natural environments while studying outdoor program development. Live the life you teach while you forage, hunt, gather, and fish as a class community and village.

Free December 13 - Wilderness Year Info Night

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

Adventure Learning

The wilderness skills you learn reconnects you with the natural world. This program is more in-depth than typical outdoor educator courses. Cultivate your knowledge of wild edible plants and outdoor lore. Practice the ancient art of animal tracking. Learn to navigate on and live with the land. Forge your own knife for bushcraft. Make your own bow for archery. Craft your primitive camping gear and kit. Finally, test your knowledge and preparation in a 1-week survival trek to graduate.

Hunting & Fishing Focus on harvesting invasive animals for food and to restore the habitat. Learn to butcher, process, and preserve. Fish and forage the rivers, lakes and coastlines for aquatic life. Craft your own hunting and fishing tools.

Gathering & Foraging Forage for roots, leaves, fruits, and shoots. Learn skills of identification and safe harvest of wild foods. Preserve what you gather for your larder and pantry.

Wilderness Survival 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Livelihood: Organization & Operations

Unique to this program is an overview of essential operational, organizational, and professional skills. We help you to explore the market for both employment and entrepreneurial development in wilderness skills and outdoor education. 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 wilderness skills instructor and educator. Learn how to write a business plan for organizational development.

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

Field Practicum & Experience Get hands-on experience observing our real wilderness skills and outdoor education courses. Ride along with top Trackers Earth instructors while learning to write your own curriculum.

Principles of Outdoor Education Delve into the principles and theory of outdoor education. Learn to work with all ages, from youth to adult, crafting a greater range for educational livelihood.

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, skills courses, and Forest 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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