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Apprenticeship: Outdoor Leadership Skills

Long-term Programs

Our long-term mentoring programs develop skills of outdoor leadership. Youth and teens become leaders by rediscovering their own connection to nature and community. Students return to study with mentors and friends year after year.

Apprentices learn through hands-on projects with our Four Guilds:

Rangers Guild Stealth, archery and wilderness survival.
Wilders Guild Wild plants, folk craft and restoration gardening.
Mariners Guild Kayaking, fishing and water ecology.
Artisans Guild Fine crafts, storytelling and leadership.

Monthly Weekend Programs

Apprenticeships usually occur one weekend a month from Fall to Spring. Programs can include overnight camp outs or field days for skill building and team development. For more information contact us.

Apprenticeship Courses

Apprenticeships usually occur one weekend a month from Fall to Spring. Programs can include overnight camp outs or field days for skill building and team development. For more information contact us.

Rovers Apprenticeship

Age 4-Grade K Sept-June, 1 weekend day a month - new session begins in January

Rovers immerses youth in the skills of Trackers Craft and starts them on a path of lifelong learning. Our instructors are experts in nature education and in teaching young children.

Rangers Apprenticeship

Grades 1-4 Sept-June, 1 weekend day a month - new session begins in January

Grades 5-12 Sept-June, 1 weekend a month

Train with expert mentors in Forest Craft: wilderness survival, tracking, archery, stealth and awareness. Youth develop competency and leadership while learning authentic outdoor skills.

Mariners Apprenticeship

Grades 5-8 Sept-June, 1 weekend a month


Our Mariners Guild leads this 9-month program. Join our community of anglers, kayakers, foragers and survival experts. Become wise in the ways of the water, studying the fish, plants and currents.

Wilders Apprenticeship

Grades 5-8 Sept-June, 1 weekend a month


Get hands-on experience in Folk Craft: homesteading, wild plants, animal care and restoration gardening. Youth and teens develop leadership skills and a powerful relationship with nature while tending to the wild.

Archery Apprenticeship

Grades 5-10 Sept-June, 1 weekend day a month

Join the ranks of the Archery Rangers! We train with the traditional wood bow of our Rangers Guild and also use modern laminate, recurve, compound, longbow, and more. Substantial time is also spent crafting our own tools.

Blacksmith Apprenticeship

Grades 6-10 Sept-June, 1 weekend day a month

Train in the art of blacksmithing while apprenticing by the fire of the Trackers forge. This program also covers general shop and tool safety while working with your hands to make functional tools, blades, and other Artisan crafts.