Everyone may attend on a class-by-class basis; no college or other affiliation needed. Of course, if you are already engaged in another course of study such as college biology, an herbal correspondence course, or another naturalist earth skills curriculum, you are very welcome to attend Wolf Journey classes as well, where you can receive insight and guidance into your own course work. Topics through the Academic Year include: January - Emergency Preparedness & Wilderness Survival February - The Real Science & Arts of Wildlife Tracking March - Herbal Medicine and our Springtime Plants April - Bird Migration & Identification by Sight & Sound May - Wolf Journey Natural Arts & Music Celebration
Everyone can attend on a class-by-class basis for $15; or $10 each for college students / low income if paid in advance, for two or more adults attending together if paid in advance, for additional focused youth family members, and for anyone paying a month in advance. Your first class comes with a no-questions-asked-money-back-guarantee, and in order that we can prepare for the exact number of students, is very important that you register in advance through Meetup or by choosing your location from
http://www.wolfcolleg... by 3:00 p.m. before each class. You can also RSVP anytime before class begins by calling us at the number on our website. Classes can also be geared toward suggestions from participants who share journaling work they did since the last class, and may change based on the "finds" we bring this week. For instance, if you harvested a plant that you need help processing and which we can all learn something from, let instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm know in advance so we can prepare for that. Otherwise, here's what we have in store for this week: 6:45 Orientation for New Students ). 7:00 Based on the knowledge that when sharing around the campfire in the olden days, we would also be working with our hands to create tools and materials needed in the coming seasons, we'll work on a craft such as making rope from raffia, cedar bark, or nettle stalks, or perhaps making a medicine pouch from scraps of leather. This is also a chance for continuing students to show new students the skills they've learned in the past (as teaching others really makes us learn the skills better:) while also giving us a chance to meet one another. 7:15 Once everyone has started working with their hands, Chris & Kim will share their study site experiences. We may then divide into groups if necessary, based on experience, progress on Wolf Journey field exercises, and group size so that everyone gets a chance to share about their own nature experience from the week. 7:30 By this time, students will be introducing themselves and sharing any experiences or insights from nature which took place over the previous week or month. Historically, this has been where students experience their greatest learning, either from telling their own story and therefore processing what happened at their study site, or by receiving feedback from others who have experienced something similar in the past. 7:45 When done sharing about our nature experiences, we'll add to our Interactive Earth Skills Calendar which displays the phenological changes happen in our bioregion. For instance, when did the Indian Plum bud and bloom? When did the Western Red Cedar produce pollen cones? When do the Chinook Salmon start spawning in the streams? When should we plant and harvest various crops in our garden? And when will we have our first frost at sea level so that we can harvest rose hips to store for the cold season? 8:00-9:00 The second hour of class is designed to advance our understanding of the specific earth skills topics listed above which follow the online
Wolf Journey Earth Skills Training Course which guides students through field exercises that interest them, including those in: Volume I - Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist; Volume II - Trail of the Traditional Herbalist; Volume III - Trail of Wildlife Tracker; Volume IV - Trail of the Survival Scout; Volume V - Trail of the Ancient Artisan; Volume VI - Trail of the Environmental Educator.