Rovers Outdoor Apprenticeship
Forest Craft, Farming & Foraging (Gr K-1)

Join our Rovers Band! 1 weekend a month, Fall to Spring!

Rovers is our premiere early childhood mentoring program featuring outdoor exploration and skills. Led by expert Trackers Guides, kids build comfort, confidence, and connection in nature. They adventure together, creating friendships and learning wilderness survival, farm craft, foraging, and more. Through hands-on activities they use all five senses to engage their natural curiosity.

Join Your Rovers Band!

Kids join a Rovers Band sharing in epic adventures and learning skills with expert Trackers Guides. Together in their Rovers Band, kids…

  • Work with a Trackers Guide mentoring them and their team in outdoor skills.

  • Train to be self-directed and stay safe while building skills to care for themselves and nature.

  • Contribute to the community while practicing service for families and elders.

  • Connect with friends who are learning to be thoughtful and Truly Helpful to each other.


Learn Trackers Skills

Through monthly outdoor weekends and evening meetups kids learn the skills of our four Trackers Guilds:

Rangers Guild - Stealth, Archery & Wilderness Survival Rovers learn outdoor skills of stealth, archery, and wilderness survival. They train in animal tracking, following the trails of bobcat, rabbit, red fox, and deer!

Wilders Guild - Animals, Folk Crafts & Wild Plants Rovers head to the farm to help care for our animal friends. They dig in the garden, forage for wild plants, and cook fantastic foods over the campfire.

Mariners Guild - Fishing, Waters Safety & Orienteering Rovers explore the rivers, lakes, and streams of our local waterways. They go fishing, catch frogs and crawdads, and cook up a Mariners feast.

Artisans Guild - Crafts, Movement & Trackers Lore Rovers craft from nature using clay, leather, wood, and more. They embark on epic stealth adventures, acting out imaginative tales that teach about the natural world.

As our Rovers grow to become Trackers, they follow the trails of deer, rabbits, and foxes to discover their mysteries. They also learn to decode bird language, using forest songs and calls to help find other wildlife.


Explore the Program Schedule

Fall to Spring, 1 weekend a month & 6 seasonal gatherings

This program is made up of Weekend Adventure Days exploring the outdoors and our optional Seasonal Family Gatherings Schedule options below.

Weekend Adventure Days 7 total - Typically 1 Saturday or Sunday a month (8:15 AM - 3:30 PM)

During Weekend Adventure Days we journey to the wild to train in skills with our Rovers Band. Weekend Adventure Days include:

  • Ranger days include tracking, stealth, archery, and wilderness survival.
  • Wilder days include meeting farm animals, plus harvesting and foraging wild foods.
  • Mariner days include fishing, foraging, boating, rock climbing, and outdoor cooking.
  • Artisan days include making folk arts and crafts and storytelling.

Seasonal Gatherings 6 total - Weekday evenings or Weekends during the day

Trackers families can attend Seasonal Gatherings filled with food, fun, and connection. Organized by Trackers Teams, these events are and optional and include:

  • Tracktoberfest Welcome the autumnal harvest with festivities, food, and music.
  • Track-or-Treat Trick-or-treat on a fun and mysterious tracking trail through the Trackers Lodge.
  • Holiday Party Herald the arrival of winter with food and friends at our Holiday Party.
  • Garden Party Help plant our gardens for summer and fall in Sandy, Oregon.
  • Family Lodge Celebrate in the Trackers Lodge with all our families in one Grand Evening.
  • Graduation Wrap our year together with a community potluck and BBQ.

Get a Trackers Rovers Membership

Register and receive a Trackers Rovers Membership for your full year (Sept - August). This includes:

  • 7 Weekend Adventure Days, 6 Seasonal Family Gatherings
  • A Trackers T-Shirt, Trackers Woodcarving Guide & monthly Trackers Journal.
  • 50% off the Trackers Archery Range for immediate family members (free during Seasonal Gatherings).
  • 10% off other Trackers programs for the registered Trackers Apprentice. Includes all programs occurring from program start to the end of following summer. Cannot be combined with other discounts or scholarships.

Tuition

Tuition includes all Weekend Adventure Days and Seasonal Gatherings. Reserve your place with a $195 non-refundable deposit, then pay the remaining tuition in 9 monthly payments of $115 (total $1,230). Your first payment is due August 31.

Returning Student Discount Apprentices returning from a previous program year (within Fall to Spring) receive a 15% discount. Use your discount code (emailed) or Contact Us to receive one.

Need Financial Help? We offer Opportunity & Merit Scholarships of 5% - 15% off. Up to a $200 discount off the full tuition. It's quick and easy to apply.

Please note, scholarships and multiple discounts cannot be combined.

Choose Your Schedule

When choosing a schedule, be sure your child can make all or most of the weekends. Seasonal Gatherings are optional. Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between schedules.

Weekend Cohorts

Choose your Weekend (Cedar or Salmon) and choose your day cohort (Sunday or Saturday). Each Cohort features 7 Weekend Adventure Days (8:15 AM - 3:30 PM) and 6 optional Seasonal Family Gatherings.

CEDAR Weekend

SATURDAY

Grade K-1 Rovers Apprenticeship

SUNDAY

K-1 Rovers Apprenticeship

Adventure Day Adventure Day
8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
  • September 23, 2023
  • October 14, 2023
  • November 4, 2023
  • January 13, 2024
  • February 10, 2024
  • March 9, 2024
  • April 13, 2024
8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
  • September 24, 2023
  • October 15, 2023
  • November 5, 2023
  • January 14, 2024
  • February 11, 2024
  • March 10, 2024
  • April 14, 2024


SALMON Weekend

SATURDAY

K-1 Rovers Apprenticeship

SUNDAY

K-1 Rovers Apprenticeship

Adventure Day Adventure Day
8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
  • September 30, 2023
  • October 21, 2023
  • November 11, 2023
  • January 20, 2024
  • February 17, 2024
  • March 16, 2024
  • April 20, 2024
8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
  • October 1, 2023
  • October 22, 2023
  • November 12, 2023
  • January 21, 2024
  • February 18, 2024
  • March 17, 2024
  • April 21, 2024

Family Gatherings

We offer 6 Seasonal Family Gatherings (optional).

Tracktoberfest Oct 5, 2023
Track-or-Treat Oct 26, 2023
Holiday Party Dec 9, 2023
Garden Party Apr 6, 2024
Family Lodge May 2, 2024
Graduation May 18, 2024

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