Outdoor Adventure Days

The Trackers Outdoor Adventure Program is comprised of outdoor skills and artisan crafts for home schooled and independent study students. You drop off your child and we guide them into a fantastic world of adventure and ancient skills.

Enrollment open now for Winter term!

Outdoor Learning Year-Round

Our courses are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of homeschool families and for families looking for in-person care during distanced learning in the 2020-21 school year. Trackers programs are conducted almost entirely outdoors, fostering active engagement with the lessons and the land.

All students learn skills from all four Trackers guilds:

Rangers Guild
Outdoor Survival, Animal Tracking and The Curriculum of Shadows
Wilders Guild
Wild Plants, Homesteading and The Way of the Wilder: Regenerative Ecological Relationships
Mariners Guild
Fishing, Aquatic Plants and Water Ecology
Artisans Guild
Theater & Storytelling, Fine Craft Work and Leadership

Locations and Times for 2020-2021 School Year

Camp Herms, El Cerrito

1100 James Place, El Cerrito CA, 94530

Winter term start date is Monday, November 30th, 2020. Last session February 26th, 2021.
Trackers Outdoor Adventure sessions do not meet during Holiday weeks.

Full days:

Kindergarten Monday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Ages 5
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM or 10:00AM - 5:00 PM Ages 6-13

Half Days:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A non-refundable $75 deposit is required to hold your space at the time of registration.

There is still space in our camps!

Any Outdoor Adventure Groups with space can still be joined!

We will prorate the tuition to match your actual start date.

Register for Outdoor Adventure Days

Download 2019-20 Info Packet

2020-2021 Outdoor Adventure Registration Information


To secure your space for Fall 2020 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child, per enrolled day.  Our easy monthly payment plan links will be sent out in early December. Your monthly payment is your term tuition divided by 3. Monthly tuition charges are NOT based on the number of classes in that specific month. This is for ease of accounting and budgeting. Winter Term payments are automatically debited once monthly from December- February. Please note that registrations are by term; however, we do allow for mid-term withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). 

Please note that our groups are based on children's age as of September 1, 2020, and this rule applies for the entirety of our 2020-2021 school year. Children must have turned 5 before the September 1 cut-off to join our program.

Tuition Fees and Dates

Our 2020-2021 tuition level for Bay Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Friday
FULL DAYS is: 11 program days / $1045 / $348 per month
HALF DAYS is: 11 program days/ $845 / $275 per month

Please note that Winter Term program begins on Monday, November 30th, 2020 and ends on Friday, February 26th, 2021. There is no Trackers Outdoor Adventure Camps during holiday breaks.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-year cancellations and withdrawals. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year.  Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals, made in writing via email.

  • For all withdrawals, we will retain your non-refundable deposit as a $75 withdrawal fee.

  • Tuition due at the time of withdrawal will be calculated based on elapsed program days. Due to our monthly payment schedule, this will not always match up perfectly with tuition paid. Any over payment will be refunded and should a balance be due an invoice will be sent.

Potential Guild Activities

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Tthe Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

Mariners Guild

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The Mariners Guild trains us in the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may study water ecology to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

In the Mariner's wood shop, we may build a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, Mariners always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild, you can count coming home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

Artisans Guild

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The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.