Rovers Outdoor School
Outdoor Skills, Farming, Fishing & Art

Our 1 day per week homeschool outdoor program teaching wilderness survival, farm craft, fishing, artisan crafts & animal tracking!

Join the Rovers, where outdoor adventure begins! Led by early childhood guides, our youngest Trackers build comfort, confidence, and connection in the outdoors. Kids explore together in a group, forging new friendships as they learn outdoor skills in wilderness survival, farm craft, and fishing. They get hands-on experience in arts and crafts like ceramics, woodworking, and fiber arts. Through adventure-based activities, they use all five senses to engage their natural curiosity.

Trackers Earth has won several programming awards with local parent magazines. We offer one of the longest-running homeschool outdoor programs for Portland families.

At Rovers Forest Days, kids make new friends while sharing adventures with their team. This premier outdoor education program helps young children develop comfort, confidence, and competency in nature.

This program is for Ages 5-6, for Ages 7-11 check see our Outdoor Homeschool.

Homeschool Seasons

Our program is divided into 3 seasonal terms. While each season features specific Trackers Guilds, we still include experiences from other Guilds each term.

Fall Term (9 weeks) Fall features our Rangers Guild. Focus on essential outdoor skills like archery, wilderness survival, and outdoor safety. Learn to build shelters, light fire with no matches, and forage for seasonal wild plants. Begin training in games of forest while developing the foundations of tracking and nature awareness.

Winter Term (6 weeks) Winter features our Artisans Guild. During the cooler months, get time in our ceramics and woodworking studios. Older Trackers (age 9-11) also learn blacksmithing. Delve into earth arts: basket weaving, leatherwork, woodcarving and more. Also embark on epic stealth adventures of immersive tales rooted in the natural world.

Spring Term (9 weeks) Spring features our Wilders & Mariners Guilds. Travel to the farm to care for animals, plant gardens, and forage for wild plants. Explore our local waterways, fishing, boating, and developing water safety skills. Outdoor cooking is a key component of this season, as we prepare all the foods we forage and catch over the campfire.

Trackers Adventure Begins

Our Rovers Forest Days are rooted in Tracking as a game and a core learning philosophy. Throughout the year we follow the trails of deer, elk, fox, and more. Plus, we decode bird language, using their calls to help spot other wildlife and humans.

We teach the art of Tracking because it gives children the tools needed to navigate the human and natural world. A Tracker is ready and gritty, training in outdoor skills. A Tracker is a caretaker with their Team, contributing to their greater community through self-discipline and service.

Our Guides

Our Rovers Forest Mentors are experienced early childhood educators who teach authentic skills. They inspire positive growth through connection to community, nature, and outdoor lore.