Tracker’s Club: Nature Skills of Antiquity
Tracker’s Club is for homeschool families who want their children to understand and feel deeply connected to the natural world.
- Develop a deeper connection with nature
- Gain knowledge about local plants, animals, and ecosystems in Central Oregon
- Learn interpersonal skills and make friends
- Become better at maintaining focus
- Learn how to thrive in challenging situations
- Exercise their growing minds so that they can develop in a positive and healthy setting
Our Tracker’s Club homeschool program consists of outings that provide adventure and rich learning opportunities for children ages 7 – 12. Spending time outdoors learning, playing, and exploring has countless benefits for children’s emotions, physical health, social development, and happiness.* In the Tracker’s Club program, we venture to natural areas within and surrounding Bend, Oregon, allowing participants to experience and study the land they call home. Each class has a unique and fun theme such as “Survival Skills” and “Tracking.” Although we follow a curriculum, we also welcome spontaneous exploration, investigation, and intuitive changes of focus. Our learning philosophies and many of our activities are inspired by Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown. We highly encourage you to read this literature to gain a better understanding of our program. Participants document their experiences in a journal that they can reflect upon and cherish for many years to come. We facilitate a variety of activities such as nature arts and crafts, attuning to the wild, tracking, primitive skills, survival skills, nature songs, and much more!
*Health Benefits to Children From Contact with the Outdoors & Nature is an essay that outlines the many reasons why spending time in nature is essential to children’s well being.
Fall 2017 Class Series
Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Spring 2017 schedule!
10am – 3pm
Ages 6 – 12
Open to all regardless of whether you homeschool or not
“Botany in a Day” – September 19th, 2017 – Will be sent upon registration
“Survival Hike” – September 26th, 2017 – Will be sent upon registration
“Tracking Expedition” – October 3rd, 2017 – TBA
“Scavenger Hunt” – October 10th, 2017 – TBA
“Nature Arts & Crafts” – October 17th, 2017 – TBA
“Fire Building Principles” – October 24th, 2017 – TBA
“Cycle of the Seasons Fall Celebration” – October 31st, 2017 – Skyliner Lodge
“Mapping & Navigation” – November 7th, 2017 – Skyliner Lodge
“Animal Mysteries” – November 14th, 2017 – Skyliner Lodge
“Community & Ecology” – November 28th, 2017 – Skyliner Lodge
$444 Early Bird through August 15th / $467 Regular
If we do not fill the full term a week before the start date we will open up spaces for drop-ins.