This is our Outdoor Skills program for homeschoolers. For our Live Action Role-Playing program see our Realms Homeschool.
Join Your Trackers Team!
You join a Trackers Team of four to eight fellow homeschoolers sharing in epic adventures while learning skills. Together your Team…
- 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 Trackers Homeschool, kids make friends while sharing adventures with a Team of like-minded peers. 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.rest 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 ceramics and woodworking studios. Older Trackers (age 9-11) also learn blacksmithing. 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, boating, 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 a Tracker you follow the trails of deer, elk, fox, and bobcats to discover their mysteries. You also learn to decode bird language, using forest songs and calls to help find other wildlife.
Explore the Program
Adventure Days 24 total (8:30 AM - 3:45 PM)
During Adventure Days we journey to the wilderness to train in skills with our Trackers Team. See below for the schedule. 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, bouldering, and outdoor cooking.
- Artisan days include making folk arts and crafts and storytelling.
Choose Wednesdays or Thursdays - 1 day a week
This program is made up of 24 weekly Adventure Days where your team explores and trains in the outdoors. We follow seasonal terms:
Fall Term September 20, 2023 - November 16, 2023 (9 sessions total)
Winter Term January 10, 2024 - February 15, 2024 (6 sessions total)
Spring Term February 21, 2024 - May 9, 2024 (9 sessions total)
In case of snow days or other weather needs, we provide make-up days. If needed, these occur during our break times throughout December, the last two weeks of March, and the first week of April.
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 Homeschool 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 $220 (total $2,285). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.