Nature Skills

Ages 10 to 13

Tolt MacDonald Park, St Edward State Park


See Dates Below

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Pre-requisite: 2 years WAS experience and/or concurrent registration in another monthly program. See below for more details.

Explore your world through fun, hands-on activities, story-telling and games! This program builds on what students learn in our Nature Explorer and Nature Adventure programs.

Over the course of the 7 sessions, students will learn:

  • Knife safety and carving
  • Fire by friction
  • Animal tracking
  • Land navigation, with and without a map and/or compass
  • Knowledge of plants, mammals and birds

The Nature Skills Monthly Program is open to students who have had a minimum of two years of experience with Wilderness Awareness School monthly and/or weekly programs or as a second day each month for students who are enrolled in any of our other monthly programs.

Our educational philosophy focuses on:

  • Providing fun, hands-on opportunities for children to get outside and learn about the natural world
  • Variety through weekly themes
  • Adaptability so that the programs match the energy of the group during a particular session
  • Mentoring delivered by instructors with experience working with children in this age group
  • Using Coyote Mentoring, a widely-respected educational philosophy developed at the Wilderness Awareness School, to encourage creative thinking rather than providing answers, help students develop problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency, and encourage a much deeper level of learning.

Our instructional staff includes:

  • Experienced instructors
  • Apprentices who offer additional instructor support
  • A targeted 1:10 adult to student ratio
  • Staff trained as Coyote Mentors
  • Compassionate educators who encourage each child’s respect for self, others and nature
  • Experienced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified professionals

2020-21 Saturday Nature Skills Programs

(Ages 10 to 13) 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saint Edward State Park (Kenmore)
Saturdays: Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 21, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27, May 1

Tolt-MacDonald (Carnation)
Saturdays: Oct 3, Oct 31, Dec 5, Jan 30, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8