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Rovers Forest Apprenticeship (Ages 4-Grade K)

Outdoor Skills, Folk Craft & Nature Immersion

Join our Rovers Forest Apprenticeship!
Trackers Earth's nature immersion program for Ages 4-Grade K.

A school-year program that teaches real outdoor skills 1 weekend-a-month.

Rovers Apprenticeship

Guided by our best Early Childhood Educators, children find new friends while exploring nature. They share in fun outdoor adventures. We call them Rovers because they learn skills from all Four Guilds of Trackers:

Rangers Guild Follow the trails of local forest animals. Develop skills of outdoor living and safety through fantastic games. Learn to explore the forest and read maps.

Wilders Guild Help care for animals of the ranch. Learn about wild plants and trees. Tend to the gardens that feed the Trackers Village.

Mariners Guild Play and forage by the water, finding crawdads and fish. Tie knots, make tiny boats, and navigate the lore of the ancient mariner.

Artisans Guild Get hands-on experience with woodworking and other handcraft skills. Share in awesome fun of the forest and learn to create our own.

Our Rovers Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced Early Childhood Educators teaching authentic skills. They are facilitators of thoughtful growth through the power of nature and community.

How It Works

Apprentice Learning Weekends 1 Saturday a month, Fall - Spring
At our Monthly Learning Weekends, Rovers Apprentices join a team of friends learning in nature with our Teachers. For flexibility, we offer many schedule options–see below for dates.

This program averages 1 Saturday or Sunday per month:
For 1 weekday-a-week program check-out Rovers Forest Days.
For 5 day-a-week, full-time school check-out Forest Kindergarten.

Graduation Day June, 1 day
Parents and family join Apprentices and Teachers for a community celebration of what we learned.

Optional Community & Family Programs Dates Vary
Rovers Apprentices and immediate family can join us for fun Community Events.

Our Age 4-Grade K Apprenticeship is currently enrolling for 2019-2020.
We do have room in our weekday options for this age group in our Rovers Forest Days.


Reserve your place with a $50 non-refundable deposit. The remaining tuition is 10 monthly payments of $94.50 (total $995). First payment is due September 10. We will contact you after you register to set up your Payment Plan.

Family Discount 10% discount is available for siblings registering together.
Returning Apprentice Discount based on consecutive years attended.
Scholarships Limited scholarship awards are available for families in need. Contact Us.

Discounts and scholarships cannot be combined.


Drop-off SE Portland Headquarters - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon
We provide transportation to fun wilderness sites where we explore nature and learn awesome outdoor skills.


Single Day - Learning Weekends 8 field days + Graduation Field Day

When choosing a schedule, be sure your child can make all or most of the weekends; Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between schedules. Please Note Many schedules fill quickly, so choose soon after registration. 

Single Day Schedule A Ages 4-Grade K

  • September 8, 2018 Field Day
  • October 6, 2018 Field Day
  • November 3, 2018 Field Day
  • January 12, 2019 Field Day
  • February 2, 2019 Field Day
  • March 2, 2019 Field Day
  • April 6, 2019 Field Day
  • May 4, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Graduation
  • * Bonus Day December - Optional Holiday Party

Single Day Schedule C Ages 4-Grade K

  • September 15, 2018 Field Day
  • October 20, 2018 Field Day
  • November 10, 2018 Field Day
  • January 19, 2019 Field Day
  • February 9, 2019 Field Day
  • March 9, 2019 Field Day
  • April 13, 2019 Field Day
  • May 18, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Graduation
  • * Bonus Day December - Optional Holiday Party

Single Day Schedule E Ages 4-Grade K

  • September 22, 2018 Field Day
  • October 27, 2018 Field Day
  • November 17, 2018 Field Day
  • December 1, 2018 Field Day
  • January 26, 2019 Field Day
  • February 16, 2019 Field Day
  • March 16, 2019 Field Day
  • April 27, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Graduation
  • * Bonus Day December - Optional Holiday Party