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Mariners Apprenticeship
Fishing, Boats & Foraging

1 weekend a month school year outdoor program teaching about fishing, boating, and foraging our waters!

Join the Mariners Guild! Embark on a grand adventure across the lakes, rivers and waters of your region. Learn to fish, paddle, and forage for fantastic food along the shores. Dive into sailor lore, songs, and crafts. Set sail by the Mariners Map, flowing with the current and discovering the bounty of the waters.


Go Fish, Get Wet!

Make new friends and share adventures while learning outdoor leadership skills. With dedication and hard work, an Apprenticeship leads to life-long learning. The Mariners Apprenticeship covers the following subjects:

Fishing & Foraging Learn to fish using different styles and techniques. Forage for other tasty aquatic foods such as crayfish, mussels, and bullfrogs. Learn to identify and safely harvest wild edible plants. Train in outdoor cooking to prepare your Mariners feast!

Boating & Water Safety Get experience paddling and playing on the water. Practice essential water safety and rescue skills. Learn how to purify water in different survival scenarios.

Wayfinding & Navigation Hone skills of navigation to find your way across both water and land. Learn to chart any course in your local backcountry or around the world! Develop core expeditionary skills as a wayfinder.

Our Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced educators teaching authentic skills. They inspire positive growth through connection to community, nature, and outdoor lore.

Explore the Program Schedule

Fall to Spring, 1 weekend a month

This transported program is made up of Weekend Adventure Days where your team explores and trains in the outdoors and Seasonal Gatherings where families can connect with each other. Schedule options below.

Weekend Adventure Days 8 total - Typically 1 Saturday or Sunday a month (8:15 AM - 3:30 PM)

During Weekend Adventure Days you journey to the wilderness to train in skills with your Trackers Team and Guide. Weekend Adventure Days include:

Seasonal Gatherings 6 total - Weekday evenings or Weekends during the day

Graduation Wrap our year together with a community potluck and BBQ.

Get a Trackers Teams Membership

Register and receive a Trackers Teams Membership for your full year (Sept - August). This includes:

  • 8 Weekend Adventure Days, Graduation BBQ
  • A Trackers T-Shirt, Trackers Woodcarving Guide & monthly Trackers Journal.
  • 10% off other Trackers programs for the registered Trackers Apprentice. Includes all programs occurring from program start to the end of following summer. Cannot be combined with other discounts or scholarships.


Tuition includes all Weekend Adventure Days and Seasonal Gatherings. Reserve your place with a $190 non-refundable deposit, then pay the remaining tuition in 9 monthly payments of $140 (total $1,450). Your first payment is due August 31.

Returning Student Discount Apprentices returning from a previous program year (within Fall to Spring) receive a 15% discount. Use your discount code (emailed) or Contact Us to receive one.

Need Financial Help? We offer Opportunity & Merit Scholarships of 5% - 15% off. Up to a $200 discount off the full tuition. It's quick and easy to apply.

Please note, scholarships and multiple discounts cannot be combined.

Choose Your Schedule

When choosing a schedule, be sure your child can make all or most of the weekends. Seasonal Gatherings are optional. Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between schedules.

CEDAR Weekend


2-10 Mariners Apprenticeship

Adventure Day
8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sep 17, 2023
  • Oct 8, 2023
  • Oct 29, 2023
  • Jan 14, 2024
  • Feb 4, 2024
  • Mar 10, 2024
  • Apr 21, 2024
  • May 5, 2024

Family Gatherings

We offer 3 Seasonal Family Gatherings (optional).

Tracktoberfest Oct 5, 2023
Holiday Party Dec 9, 2023
Graduation May 11, 2024