Mariners Apprenticeship
Fishing, Boats & Foraging

Join our Mariners Guild! 1 weekend a month, Fall to Spring

Grades 2-12 Become a Mariner! Go fishing, foraging, and boating along our local waterways. Cast your line in picturesque lakes and ponds. Hunt for crawdads in creeks and streams. Forage for seasonal wild foods along the shoreline, cooking what you catch outdoors. Find your way by navigating with a compass, map, the sun, and nature. Dive into Mariners lore—learn sea shanties and crafts while discovering the true bounty of the water.


This is our one weekend-a-month Mariners Apprenticeship.
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Mariners Apprenticeship

Through our apprenticeships, expert Trackers Guides act as mentors to youth and teens learning in a small team of fellow Trackers. Kids share epic adventures while learning real Mariners skills:

Fishing & Foraging Master the art of angling with a variety of gear and tackle. Fish for trout in local lakes, rivers, and ponds. Hunt for crawdads in creeks and streams. Enhance your outdoor cooking skills to prepare a tasty Mariner's feast!

Boating & Outdoor Skills Gain hands-on experience traveling by boat along our waterways. Practice essential paddling and water safety skills. Learn outdoor survival crafts such as fire building and foraging for wild foods—ensuring you're prepared for any adventure.

Wayfinding & Navigation Sharpen your navigation skills to traverse both on the water and overland. Learn to accurately chart courses in your local backcountry—both on trail and off. Develop essential expeditionary skills, becoming an adept Tracker able to adventure anywhere.

Our Team

Our mentoring team includes our top Trackers staff featuring:

  • Expertise in mentoring and Trackers skills.
  • Low student-to-guide ratio facilitating personal, team-based learning.
  • Background checked with First Aid & CPR certification.
  • Trained in outdoor safety and the Trackers Earth curriculum.

Our Place

For Apprenticeships, we use buses or vans to journey from Trackers HQ to wilderness locations specific to the day's activity. Our destinations could include Trackers' private 351-acre wildlife park and our 100-acre farm and forest. When the weather calls for it, we might chose to stay closer to home, learning hands-on folk crafts in our art studios and visiting nearby nature parks.

Mentoring Programs

Our school-year programs aim to ignite an adventurous spirit in every student. Guides mentor Apprentices in Trackers skills to develop teamwork, connect to nature, and build independence. Our curriculum is tailored to each age group and adapts creatively to the unique interests of each team:

Grade K-1: Inspiring curiosity through imagination and play in nature.
Grade 2-3: Encouraging fun, hands-on exploration and discovery.
Grades 4-5: Fostering independence and connection to friends and the natural world.
Grades 6-9: Empowering confidence with skills of self-awareness and adaptability.

Need Grades 10-12? Our Leader-in-Training (LIT) option offers the same skill development with the leadership focus. Learn more about Leader-in-Training:

Choose Your Schedule

9 Field Days: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
When choosing, be sure your child can make most weekends.
Due to group size limits, we cannot switch between schedules.
We offer make-up days for weather-related postponements.
The Graduation BBQ is May 10, 2025

Schedule Options



Grades 2-5 / 6-10
  • September 15, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 6, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 27, 2024 - Field Day
  • November 17, 2024 - Field Day
  • January 5, 2025 - Field Day
  • February 2, 2025 - Field Day
  • March 2, 2025 - Field Day
  • April 6, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 4, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 10, 2025 - Graduation Day



Grades 2-5 / 6-10
  • September 21, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 12, 2024 - Field Day
  • November 2, 2024 - Field Day
  • December 7, 2024 - Field Day
  • January 11, 2025 - Field Day
  • February 8, 2025 - Field Day
  • March 8, 2025 - Field Day
  • April 12, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 17, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 10, 2025 - Graduation Day