Wilderness Skills Instructor Training

Sept - May (3 days a week)

Spend 9-months studying in nature. Join expert educators and a student community to reconnect with the wilderness. Your classroom is the beautiful forests of the Pacific Northwest. Train bushcraft and how to live with the land. Gather wild plants and fish local rivers. Forge your own knife and make your own bow. Develop your guiding and leadership skills as an outdoor educator.

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Wilderness Skills - Adventure in Learning

The wilderness skills you learn reconnect you with the natural world. This program is more in-depth than typical outdoor educator courses. You learn to live the skills you teach:

Bushcraft & Wilderness Survival Find your 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.

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

Gathering & Foraging Forage for roots, leaves, shoots, fruits. Learn skills of identification and safe harvest of wild foods. Preserve what you gather for your larder and pantry.

Fishing Fish and forage the rivers, lakes, and coastlines for aquatic life. Craft your own hunting and fishing tools. Harvest invasive species for food and to restore the habitat.

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.

Instructor Training - Outdoor Leadership Skills

Unique to this program is an overview of essential operational, organizational, and professional skills. We help you to explore the market for both employment and entrepreneurial development in wilderness skills and outdoor education.

Livelihood & Business Development Strategically chart the course for a sustainable and ethical livelihood as a wilderness skills instructor and educator. Learn how to write a business plan for organizational development.

Outdoor Safety & Operations Keep yourself and others safe in the outdoors. Receive your Wilderness First Responder Certification. Learn to manage the day to day operations of program gear and logistics.

Field Practicum & Experience Get hands-on experience observing our real wilderness skills and outdoor education courses. Ride along with top Trackers Earth instructors while learning to write your own curriculum.

Principles of Outdoor Education Delve into the principles and theory of outdoor education. Learn to work with all ages, from youth to adult, crafting a greater range for educational livelihood.

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 outdoor immersion 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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