Mariners Apprenticeship
Fishing, Boats & Foraging

1 weekend a month school year outdoor program teaching about fishing, boating, and foraging our waters!

Join the Mariners Guild! Embark on a grand adventure across the lakes, rivers and waters of your region. Learn to fish, paddle, and forage for fantastic food along the shores. Dive into sailor lore, songs, and crafts. Set sail by the Mariners Map, flowing with the current and discovering the bounty of the waters.


Register for this Apprenticeship by May 18 and save $100!


Make new friends and share adventures while learning outdoor leadership skills. With dedication and hard work, an Apprenticeship leads to life-long learning. The Mariners Apprenticeship covers the following subjects:

Fishing & Foraging Learn to fish using different styles and techniques. Forage for other tasty aquatic foods such as crayfish, mussels, and bullfrogs. Learn to identify and safely harvest wild edible plants. Train in outdoor cooking to prepare your Mariners feast!

Boating & Water Safety Get experience paddling and playing on the water. Practice essential water safety and rescue skills. Learn how to purify water in different survival scenarios.

Wayfinding & Navigation Hone skills of navigation to find your way across both water and land. Learn to chart any course in your local backcountry or around the world! Develop core expeditionary skills as a wayfinder.

Our Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced educators teaching authentic skills. They inspire positive growth through connection to community, nature, and outdoor lore.

How It Works

Apprentice Training Weekends Typically 1 weekend a month, Fall - Spring
During these monthly trainings, Apprentices join a team of friends learning with expert Mentors. For flexibility, we offer different schedule options. See below for a full class schedule.

Grades 2-5

9 field days Typically 1 Saturday or Sunday a month, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM.
See below for a full class schedule.

The Trackers Thing (Þing) Early May
The Þing (Thing), from an ancient word for “assembly,” is the final field weekend of the program. Apprentices come together from across the region for an epic Trackers gathering!

Family Opportunity

+ Graduation Day May, Single Saturday
Parents, Guardians, and the entire family join Apprentices and Mentors for a community celebration of what we learned in our year.

+ Optional Community Programs Dates Vary
Apprentices and their immediate family get free admission to Trackers Campfire, Family Archery Range, and other Community Events.


Late Enrollments You can still sign up after this program begins with a prorated payment plan. Pay the deposit for your preferred schedule and our Family Success team will reach out to you to set up your payment plan!

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

Grade 2-5 9 field days + Graduation
$95 deposit, then 9 monthly payments of $95 (total $950)

Sibling Apprenticeship Discount 5% off with sibling registration of any other Apprenticeship. Contact Us
Scholarships & discounts cannot be combined.

Choose Your Schedule

Grades 2-3 9 field days + graduation day
Grades 4-5 9 field days + graduation day

Choose your Weekend (Green, Brown) and choose your 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.

GREEN Weekend

Grade 2-3 Saturday Schedule

  • September 17, 2022 Field Day
  • October 8, 2022 Field Day
  • October 29, 2022 Field Day
  • January 7, 2023 Field Day
  • January 28, 2023 Field Day
  • February 18, 2023 Field Day
  • March 11, 2023 Field Day
  • April 15, 2023 Field Day
  • May 6, 2023 Field Day (Trackers þing)
  • May 13, 2023 Graduation (Family BBQ)
  • Grade 2-3 Sunday Schedule

BROWN Weekend

Grade 4-5 Saturday Schedule

  • September 24, 2022 Field Day
  • October 15, 2022 Field Day
  • November 5, 2022 Field Day
  • January 14, 2023 Field Day
  • February 4, 2023 Field Day
  • February 25, 2023 Field Day
  • March 18, 2023 Field Day
  • April 22, 2023 Field Day
  • May 6, 2023 Field Day (Trackers þing)
  • May 13, 2023 Graduation (Family BBQ)