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Rovers Forest Apprenticeship (Ages 4-Grade K)

Outdoor Skills, Folk Craft & Nature Immersion

We believe children are far more capable than our modern world allows them to be. Our nature immersion program for Ages 4 - Grade K offers real outdoor skills, accomplishments & connection.

The Rovers of Trackers are the most wise in the ways of the forest. They know the signs of the animals, voices of the birds, tales of the trees, and stories of the stars.

This program is 1-weekend a month:
For 1-day a week program check-out Rovers Forest Days.
For 5-day a week, full-time school check-out Forest Kindergarten.

Outdoor Skills & Nature Immersion

The Rovers Forest Apprenticeship goes beyond just a program: It immerses youth in the skills of Trackers Craft and starts them on a path of lifelong learning. Our instructors are experts in nature education and in teaching young children. We are ready and inspired to help our youngest students develop confidence in the outdoors. We call them Rovers because they engage with skills from all of our Four Guilds:

Rangers Guild
Wilderness survival, animal tracking, and other skills of the forest.

Wilders Guild
Homesteading, animals on the ranch, and restoration gardens.

Mariners Guild
Fishing, navigation, and all the arts of the sea. 

Artisans Guild
Woodworking, handwork skills, and storytelling.

How it works

Mentoring Weekends One weekend a month for nine months apprentices learn and explore at our epic outdoor locations. We provide bus transportation. See below for our class schedule.


September - June This program runs September to June. Field days are usually from 9am-4:30pm.
Field Days + Community Events One Saturday a month. See below for class schedule.


Tuition is divided into ten monthly payments after a $50 deposit.

Monthly Payment Plan
$50 deposit, then ten monthly payments of $94.50 (total $995)
Family Discount
A 10% discount is available for siblings registering together.
Returning Apprentice Discount
Returning Apprentices get a tuition discount based on year of attendance. 
Contact Us to learn more. Please note: discounts cannot be combined.


We offer limited scholarship awards for those families who may need financial assistance in attending the apprenticeship program. For more information Contact Us.


Drop-off is at our SE Portland location - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon. We provide transportation to epic sites within 20 minutes.

Program comes with...

  • Skill building weekends once a month - monthly training days
  • Mentoring with expert instructors at Trackers
  • Skills Evenings, free every Thursday
  • Open Archery Range, free every Thursday, Friday or Saturday

Class Schedule

When signing up for Rovers Forest Apprenticeship be sure your child can make most of the weekends. Apprenticeships average one weekend a month:

Ages 4-Grade K: Saturday Group (A)

  • September 23, 2017 Field Day
  • October 28, 2017 Field Day
  • November 18, 2017 Field Day
  • December 2, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 27, 2018 Field Day
  • February 17, 2018 Field Day
  • March 17, 2018 Field Day
  • April 28, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation Celebration

Ages 4-Grade K: Sunday Group (B)

  • September 24, 2017 Field Day
  • October 29, 2017 Field Day
  • November 19, 2017 Field Day
  • December 3, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 28, 2018 Field Day
  • February 18, 2018 Field Day
  • March 18, 2018 Field Day
  • April 29, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation Celebration