Wild Within

Ages 14 to 18

Linne Doran: Duvall, WA

Classtime: Fri 6:00 pm to Sun 3:00 pm

See Dates Below

Niya considers the teens in Wild Within especially her “tribe”. This is the place she feels most accepted, valued, seen. It’s the place that creates the space that allows deep thinking to arise. I am profoundly grateful for the staff, the mentoring model, the nature skill practice as a vehicle for personal growth. Its clear that WAS programs have been a large part of what allows Niya to be herself in a way that is very different from her public school peers. To evaluate the choices she sees them make, and decide with intention what she will or will not participate in.

Kylie, mother of Niya (age 17)
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Due to COVID-19, Wild Within will not be held overnight this year, and will instead be run on Saturdays from 12pm – 8pm and Sundays from 10am – 4pm. Additionally, there will no longer be overlapping weekends between Wild Within 1 and Wild Within 2 in order to accommodate smaller group sizes.

Join a group of teens who seek adventure, skills and true wildness with amazing people!

Please note: There are 2 separate programs, Wild Within 1 for 14 to 16 year olds and Wild Within 2 for 16 to 18 year olds. New 16 year old Wild Within students will be asked to join the 14 to 16 year old program. Returning students will still be encouraged to join to 14 to 16 year old program but can join the 16 to 18 year old program with approval from staff. 

Wild Within gives teens the opportunity to intensely live the core routines of nature awareness, practicing the wilderness and community building skills that bring us alive.

Over the course of the year, you will learn

  • The art of tracking animals
  • Wilderness living and survival skills like primitive fire making, shelter building, and survival bow making
  • Knowledge of and relationship to the local mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, plants and trees of Washington
  • How to understand and interpret the language of the birds
  • Medicinal and edible qualities of wild plants
  • How to explore safely on- and off-trail in the woods
  • Leadership and peacemaking skills

Each of the 8 weekends will focus on a different aspect of this learning journey, based on the season, location, and knowledge and interest of the group. As the group discovers its major interests, the instructors will work to provide opportunities for in-depth learning in those areas to the group and to individuals with a passion for mastery of a certain topic.

Our educational philosophy focuses on

  • Helping students identify and pursue their special gifts and passions in life
  • Letting students figure things out “on their own,” providing a safe environment in which to do so
  • Mentoring delivered by experienced instructors with both extensive experience teaching wilderness survival and a solid understanding of the unique needs of teens
  • 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

  • Two experienced instructors
  • A target staff ratio of 1 staff per 5 students, including 1 staff instructor and 1 apprentice instructor per 10 students
  • 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 Program Dates

Wild Within 1: Ages 14-16

Sep 26-27, Oct 17-18, Nov 7-8, Dec 5-6, Jan 30-31, Feb 27-28, Mar 20-21, May 1-2

Wild Within 2: Ages 16-18 

Oct 3-4, Oct 24-25, Nov 14-15, Dec 12-13, Feb 6-7, Mar 6-7, Mar 27-28, May 8-9

Program will run on Saturday from 12pm – 8pm, and Sunday from 10am – 4pm. 

Meet Your Instructors

Wild Within 1

Wild Within 2