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 6 – 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.
Spring 2018 Class Series
10am – 3pm
Ages 6 – 12
Open to all regardless of whether you homeschool or not
“Survival Fire” – March 6th, 2018 – Skyliner Lodge
“Botany” – March 13th, 2018 – Skyliner Lodge
“Local Animals” – March 20th, 2018 – Skyliner Lodge
“Teambuilding and Ecology” – April 3rd, 2018 – Skyliner Lodge
“Nature Art” – April 10th, 2018 – Skyliner Lodge
“Shelter Building” – April 17th, 2018 – Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Cycle of the Seasons Spring Celebration” – April 24th, 2018 – Juniper Jungle Learning Farm
“Mapping & Navigation” – May 1st, 2018 – Directions will be sent upon registration
“Natural Twining” – May 8th, 2018 – Directions will be sent upon registration
“Edible and Medicinal Plants” – May 15th, 2018 – Directions will be sent upon registration
$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.