Location: Based out of Duvall, WA and the greater Puget Sound Region with field trips to locations further afield in the Northwest and a winter excursion to Southern California.
Duration: Opening day of the 2019-2020 year is in early September 2019. Anake is on a typical college-year schedule. A standard week of class meets 3 days per week - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - with several extended trips. There are 33 weeks of class between September and early June. Typical class days run from 9-3pm, but there is some variation based on the topic of the day. Standard holiday breaks are taken.
Cost: Tuition is $12,950. Includes all class days, field trips, and personal mentoring from highly experienced instructors.
Facilities: Wilderness Awareness School's campus, which includes multiple classrooms on 40 acres of forested land nestled in the wild foothills of the Western Cascades. Watch a video about our campus
Visiting: Come visit Anake Outdoor School first-hand. Click here for more dates and more information.
Instructors: Core instructors Marcus Reynerson, Laura Gunion and Richie Rivera-Booth as well as Adjunct Instructors and Guest Instructors. Meet the teaching team.
Credit: 18 transferable undergraduate credits through Western State Colorado University. Our students have also had success in receiving credit for the Anake Outdoor School at their college.
Certification: Students at the Anake Outdoor School will graduate with a Permaculture Design Certificate. This internationally recognized certification is given through the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia. Students will also have an opportunity to attain an Anake Naturalist Certification upon successful completion of the program. A CyberTracker Evaluation is an optional examination that students can sign up for.
Enrollment: Class size ranges from 32 to 40 students.
Financial Aid: Up to $4,000 in financial assistance is available through TFC Tuition Financing. We are also able to offer Financial Aid funding in the form of VA tuition benefits for veterans. Watch a video about Military Veterans at Anake Outdoor School.
Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available for those who have financial need. Scholarships will not be awarded until after March 15, 2019. After that date, scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Priority will be given to students who apply early, give a deposit, and plan to participate in our second-year Anake Leadership Program, which focuses on mentoring youth and adults in nature connection.
Housing: The Anake Outdoor School has limited on-campus housing. Most students rent homes nearby. We will help assist you in finding housing.
"The most valuable gift I have taken from Anake is a deep and powerful sense of my own belonging, connection, and worth in this world." Brett - Anake '04
"My year in Anake was filled with powerful teachings in a joyful atmosphere." Kim - Anake '09
"I came here to learn survival skills and then go off into the woods on my own. Now I've come to realize that having community is the strongest survival skill of all." Denny - Anake '10
"I knew for years I needed to do this program. I'm so glad I finally made the leap!" Paul - Anake '12
"An incredible, life changing experience." Justin - Anake '13
"Coming here helped me to find wonder, amazement, and joy again." Kaye - Anake '15