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Wilderness Survival Immersion
Ongoing Mentoring Program

A 1 weekend-a-month outdoor immersion program in wilderness survival!

Learn wilderness survival with the expert mentors of Trackers Earth. Craft shelter, find water, make fire (with no matches), forage for food, and much more! This program develops nature awareness and connection through hands-on, immersive experience in Forest Craft!

The Wilderness Survival Immersion is an 8-month program that intensively teaches essential outdoor skills. Learn Wilderness Survival, Tracking and Stealth with a community of like-minded peers. Lead by expert Trackers Guides you get hands-on, active training in the following core elements:

Wilderness Survival Build different shelters for short and long-term wilderness living. Learn various methods of finding and purifying water. Practice lighting fire in all weather and with no matches. Learn to identify, gather, and forage for wild foods.

Tracking & Wayfinding Discover the timeless art of tracking and nature awareness. Follow wildlife into their own world as you trail elk, bobcat, fox, and more! Hone your skills to identify, interprut, and follow tracks of both animal and human creatures.

Stealth & Invisibility Learn to live and travel lightly on the land. Get artistic and creative with the art of camouflage to stay hidden in the landscape. Train to blend and become invisible with the forest and meadow if you ever need it.

Need a shorter, single day option? Try our 1-day Wilderness Survival Basics!



How It Works

From Fall to Spring, join us for monthly overnight weekends (includes a December break). Train outdoor skills with your team lead by core Trackers Guides & Mentors. Adult immersion students also get free admission to selected community programs at our SE Portland HQ.

8 weekend campouts (Fall to Spring) Friday (5:30 PM) to Sunday (3:30 PM)
See below for full class schedule

+ Graduation Day May
Invite the entire family for a community celebration of our year.

+ Optional Community Programs Dates vary
Students and their immediate family get free admission to Trackers Campfire, Open Archery Ranges, and other Community Events.

Location

All course days take place at epic, local wilderness sites. In Fall, Spring, and Summer overight campouts are primarily tent camping at our private sites. In winter the overnight is at a cabin based site.



Tuition

Reserve your place with a non-refundable deposit. The remaining tuition is monthly payments. Your first payment is due August 31.

8 overnights + Graduation BBQ
$65 deposit, then 8 monthly payments of $215 (total $1785)

Scholarships Outdoor Educators can learn and work with us during the Summer, earning well over the tuition, and be eligible for a 25% scholarship. Returning Intensive or Immersion students get a tuition discount based on year of previous attendance.

Meet your Guide - Tony Deis

Tony is the founder of Trackers Earth. After reading Waldon he left high school when he was 14 years old to train in the arts of awareness, forest-craft skills, primitive skills, and tracking. Tony believes that kids are far more capable than the modern world allows. He fosters the opportunity for them to be given greater freedom and greater responsibility so that they can create a better and more wild world. He stewards Trackers as though it were an extension of his large Italian family. Every member is responsible for creating a better world for the other members to live and bring new members into.

Overnight Weekends

  • September 23-25, 2022 Weekend Overnight
  • October 14-16, 2022 Weekend Overnight
  • November 4-6, 2022 Weekend Overnight
  • January 13-15, 2023 Weekend Overnight
  • February 3-5, 2023 Weekend Overnight
  • February 24-26, 2023 Weekend Overnight
  • March 17-19, 2023 Weekend Overnight
  • April 21-23, 2023 Weekend Overnight
  • May 13, 2023 Graduation (Family BBQ)
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