Wilders Apprenticeship
Animals, Farms & Wild Crafts

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

Become a Wilder! Help out on our ranch, caring for our farm animal friends—including donkeys, ducks, chickens, and goats! Tend to our Wilders garden, nurturing the land and homestead. Create hands-on farm and folk crafts, such as candles, fiber arts, and woodworking projects. Harvest edible plants and wild foods throughout the seasons—from pressing apples to foraging for mushrooms. Master the art of outdoor campfire cooking to assemble fantastic Wilders' feasts.

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This is our one weekend-a-month Wilders Apprenticeship.
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Wilders 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 farm craft skills:

Animals & Farm Craft Help care for the animals of the ranch and farm–including donkeys, ducks, chickens, goats, and more. Plant in our gardens, raising food and tending to the earth. Learn essential farm skills to nurture the land and our homestead.

Wild Foraging & Outdoor Cooking Delve into the incredible world of wild plants. Learn how to identify and safely harvest wild foods. Master the art of outdoor campfire cooking with Dutch ovens, incorporating both local and foraged foods and your own creativity.

Wild & Folk Craft Gain hands-on experience in crafts such as woodworking, basket weaving, and even cheese-making. Learn to cultivate a Wilders Garden, a magical space where the garden merges with the forest, and the forest blends into the garden.



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



Saturdays

SCHEDULE - A

Grades K-1 / 2-5 / 6-10
  • September 14, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 5, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 26, 2024 - Field Day
  • November 16, 2024 - Field Day
  • January 4, 2025 - Field Day
  • February 1, 2025 - Field Day
  • March 1, 2025 - Field Day
  • April 5, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 3, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 10, 2025 - Graduation Day


Sundays

SCHEDULE - G

Grades K-1 / 2-5 / 6-10
  • September 29, 2024 - Field Day
  • October 20, 2024 - Field Day
  • November 10, 2024 - Field Day
  • December 15, 2024 - Field Day
  • January 19, 2025 - Field Day
  • February 16, 2025 - Field Day
  • March 16, 2025 - Field Day
  • April 27, 2025 - Field Day
  • June 1, 2025 - Field Day
  • May 10, 2025 - Graduation Day
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