Rovers Outdoor School
Wilderness Survival, Farms & Foraging

Join our 1 day-per-week outdoor program for Ages 4-5.

Rovers is our premiere early childhood mentoring program featuring outdoor exploration and skills. Led by expert Trackers Guides, kids build comfort, confidence, and connection in nature. They adventure together, creating friendships and learning wilderness survival, farm craft, foraging, and more. Through hands-on activities they use all five senses to engage their natural curiosity. Choose locations in either SE or W Portland.


This program is for 4-5 years old. For 6-12 years old see our Trackers Outdoor Homeschool.

Join Our Rovers Friends!

Kids join friends and Trackers Guides sharing epic adventures and learning skills. Together in their Rovers Team, kids…

  • Work with a Trackers Guide mentoring you and your team in real Trackers Skills.
  • Train to be self-directed, empowered to craft your journey together as Trackers.
  • Contribute to the greater community, helping younger Trackers, your families, and our elders.
  • Forge a cohort of friends who are thoughtful and Truly Helpful to each other.

At Rovers Outdoor School, kids make friends while sharing adventures with friends. This premier outdoor education program helps youth develop awareness, fortitude, and competency. With dedication and hard work, our Homeschool experience leads to life-long learning and love of nature.

Learn Trackers Skills

Our program is divided into three seasonal terms featuring our Four Trackers Guild. While each season features specific guilds, we include experiences from other Guilds each term.

Fall Term (9 weeks) features our Rangers Guild. The focus is on essential outdoor skills like archery, wilderness survival, and wilderness safety. Learn to build shelters, light fire with no matches, and forage for seasonal wild plants. Train in games of forest stealth while developing the foundations of tracking and nature awareness.

Winter Term (6 weeks) features our Artisans Guild. During these cooler months, spend part of your time in our art studios learning and creating hands-on arts projects. Delve into earth arts: basket weaving, leatherwork, woodcarving and more. Embark on epic adventures of immersive role-playing adventures rooted in the natural world.

Spring Term (9 weeks) features our Wilders & Mariners Guilds. Travel to the farm to care for animals, plant gardens, and forage for wild plants. Explore our local waterways, fishing, and developing water safety skills. Outdoor cooking is a key component of this season, as we prepare and cook the foods we forage over the campfire.

As our Rovers grow to become Trackers, they follow the trails of deer, rabbits, and foxes to discover their mysteries. They also learn to decode bird language, using forest songs and calls to help find other wildlife.

Explore the Program

Fall to Spring, 1 day a week, 5 seasonal gatherings

This program is made up of weekly Adventure Days where your team explores and trains in the outdoors. Plus, our optional Seasonal Family Gatherings. Schedule options below!

Adventure Days 24 total - Choose Wednesday or Thursday (8:15 AM - 3:30 PM)

During Adventure Days we journey to the wilderness to train in skills with our Trackers Team. Adventure Days include:

  • Ranger days include tracking, stealth, archery, and wilderness survival.
  • Wilder days include meeting farm animals, plus harvesting and foraging wild foods.
  • Mariner days include fishing, foraging, and outdoor cooking.
  • Artisan days include making folk arts and crafts and storytelling.

Seasonal Gatherings 5 total - Weekday evenings or Weekends during the day

During Seasonal Gatherings our Teams help to plan and organize a community gathering for their families with food, fun, and connection. These events are optional for families to attend and include:

  • Tracktoberfest Welcome the autumnal harvest with festivities, food, and music.
  • Track-or-Treat Trick-or-treat on a fun and mysterious tracking trail through the Trackers Lodge.
  • Holiday Party Herald the arrival of winter with food and friends at our Holiday Party.
  • Garden Party Help plant our gardens for summer and fall in Sandy, Oregon.
  • Graduation Wrap our year together with a community potluck and BBQ.

Locations SE or W Portland

Parents can choose to register at one of two drop-off locations: SE Portland (Wednesdays) or W Portland (Thursdays). Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between locations or days.

Trackers Rovers Membership

Register and receive a full Trackers Homeschool Membership for your full year (Sept - August). This includes:

  • 24 Adventure Days, 5 Seasonal Family Gatherings
  • A Trackers T-Shirt, Trackers Woodcarving Guide & monthly Trackers Journal.
  • 50% off the Trackers Archery Range for immediate family members (free during Seasonal Gatherings).


Tuition includes all adventure days, meetups and seasonal gatherings. Reserve your place with a $530 non-refundable deposit, then pay the remaining tuition in 8 monthly payments of $228 (total $2,354). Your first payment is due August 31.

Returning Student Discount Apprentices returning from a previous program year (within Fall to Spring) receive a 15% discount. Use your discount code (emailed) or contact us at to receive one.

Need Financial Help? We offer Opportunity & Merit Scholarships of 5% - 15% off. Up to a $342 discount off the full tuition. It's quick and easy to apply.

Please note, scholarships and multiple discounts cannot be combined.

Choose Your Schedule

When choosing a day, be sure your child can make all or most of the weekdays. Seasonal Gatherings are optional. Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between days.

Weekday Cohorts

Choose your cohort day (Wednesday or Thursday). Each Cohort features 24 Weekday Adventure Days (8:15 AM - 3:30 PM) and 5 optional Seasonal Family Gatherings.


Ages 4-5 Rovers Outdoor Days

Fall Term

Winter Term

Spring Term

8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Sep 20, 2023

Sep 27, 2023

Oct 4, 2023

Oct 11, 2023

Oct 18, 2023

Oct 25, 2023

Nov 1, 2023

Nov 8, 2023

Nov 15, 2023

8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Jan 10, 2024

Jan 17, 2024

Jan 24, 2024

Jan 31, 2024

Feb 7, 2024

Feb 14, 2024

8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Feb 21, 2024

Feb 28, 2024

Mar 6, 2024

Mar 13, 2024

Apr 10, 2024

Apr 17, 2024

Apr 24, 2024

May 1, 2024

May 8, 2024


Ages 4-5 Rovers Outdoor Days

Fall Term (9 weeks)

Winter Term (6 weeks)

Spring Term (9 weeks)

8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Sep 21, 2023

Sep 28, 2023

Oct 5, 2023

Oct 12, 2023

Oct 19, 2023

Oct 26, 2023

Nov 2, 2023

Nov 89, 2023

Nov 16, 2023

8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Jan 11, 2024

Jan 18, 2024

Jan 25, 2024

Feb 1, 2024

Feb 8, 2024

Feb 15, 2024

8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Feb 22, 2024

Feb 29, 2024

Mar 7, 2024

Mar 14, 2024

Apr 11, 2024

Apr 18, 2024

Apr 25, 2024

May 2, 2024

May 9, 2024

Family Gatherings

We offer 6 Seasonal Family Gatherings (optional).

Tracktoberfest Oct 5, 2023
Track-or-Treat Oct 26, 2023
Holiday Party Dec 9, 2023
Garden Party Apr 6, 2024
Family Lodge May 2, 2024
Graduation May 18, 2024