Forest School Teacher Training

Sept - May (3 days a week)

Spend 9-months of learning with nature. Gain the core skills and essential principles for Forest School education and operations. Learn to develop interdisciplinary learning environments that blend academics with hands-on, outdoor learning. Reconnect with nature while developing your own capacity in wilderness skills, forest craft, and ecological awareness. Become an ambassador for a culture that needs to exist.

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Ecology of Education - Field Experience

As a Forest School Teacher, learn to develop educational curriculum with an ecological perspective. Through the diversity of the natural world, the wilderness itself becomes an important teacher for your students.

Child Development Our program focuses on all levels of development and learning. From early childhood to adolescence, we need Forest Schools and their teachers to serve all ages in education.

Ecology of Education Cultivate your ability to craft interdisciplinary learning environments that blend academics with hands-on, outdoor learning. Understand core educational standards and how to potentially exceed them by leveraging the benefits of Forest School.

Field Practicum & Experience Get hands-on experience observing real Forest School classes and outdoor education courses. Apprentice with leading Trackers Earth teachers while learning to develop and implement your own curriculum.

Forest School Strategies Experience and identify the nearly limitless learning strategies possible through the natural classroom. From nature play to harvesting through seasonal rounds, from classical naturalist studies to the profound depth of animal tracking and ecological mapping, Forest School education provides countless opportunities for both teacher and students.

Outdoor Leadership Skills - Forest Craft & Wilderness Lore

Forest Craft is our foundation for connection to the natural world. In this program, you experience the wilderness as a class community and village: foraging, gathering, and wildcrafting.

Wilderness Survival & Forest Craft Find shelter, water, fire, and food. Craft with stone, bone, and fiber. Navigate and stay safe in the wilderness. Develop essential safety skills for long-range wilderness travel.

Gathering, Foraging & Fishing Forage for roots, leaves, fruits, and shoots. Learn skills of identification and safe harvest of wild foods. Fish and forage the rivers, lakes and coastlines for aquatic life. Preserve what you gather for your larder and pantry.

Homesteading & Land Stewardship Learn from the gardens and animals at Trackers Ranch. Practice sustainable forest stewardship. Preserve the bounty and harvest of the land.

Natural History & Ecology Learn to read the stories of the forest. Track herds of elk and the trail of the bobcat. Fit these pieces together towards a deeper understanding of ecology and personal connection to nature.

Archery + Bow Making Develop functional field technique for using the bow in a wilderness setting. Improve form and accuracy. Handcraft your own wood bow and stone-point arrows.

About Trackers Outdoor Education

Trackers Earth is one of the leading providers of Forest School and Outdoor Education. Offering both youth and adult programs, we serve over 20,000 students per year in our educational camps, school, and skills courses. The Trackers Forest School is one of the few Forest Schools encompassing Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School. We train and work with a staff of over 300 outdoor educators on an ongoing basis. Our teachers bring this history and depth of experience in the real world of outdoor learning to your education.


When September 2019 - May 2020 (30 weeks total)
3-days a week (Tuesday to Thursday) with extended overnight weeks
Location Our many forest campuses near Portland, Oregon
Limited housing available (separate from tuition)
Tuition & Financial Aid $145 deposit, with 9-monthly payments of $753

About Tuition We offer scholarships and discounts, including at 10% automatic discount for Veterans or a 50% scholarship for our Outdoor Educator Work-Study Program. To develop the best educators in the field, we keep tuition more affordable. We highly encourage prospective students to thoroughly research other 9-month programs and compare our tuition directly to theirs.

Work-Study Scholarship Get paid to mentor youth in our award-winning nature Summer Camps. In the fall, receive up to a 50% scholarship for the Wilderness Skills Instructor Training program. Learn more >>

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