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Outdoor Leadership Apprenticeship

Join this 9-month program learning Outdoor Leadership Skills with Trackers Earth.

Train leadership skills for the world of outdoor education and beyond. Apprentices adventure into nature: kayaking, archery, navigation, and more. They learn about outdoor guiding and expedition leadership. As a team, they participate in the logistics of program management, learning all aspects of outdoor safety and development.

The Apprenticeship

Discover new friends and share in adventures with a team of like-minded peers. Develop skills and confidence through outdoor leadership. Embark on a journey through the following skill-sets of Outdoor Education and Guiding:

Outdoor Skills Get hands-on experience with outdoor skills such as kayaking, archery, navigation, and fishing—along with wilderness survival and traditional skills.

Wilderness Safety & Management Learn how to plan your own expeditions for diverse outdoor environments. Develop skills of wilderness safety, first aid: from risk assessment to crises management.

Leadership and Team Building Though guidance of professional Outdoor Educators and Mentors, elevate your capacity for leadership in the outdoors and beyond. Use skill building and the wilderness to cultivate connections within your team. Understand nature as guide to grow with through life, livelihood, and community.

How it Works

Apprentice Field Days - 9 program meetings: 1 single Saturday, followed by monthly Friday-Sunday overnights, Fall - Spring. At our monthly meetings, Apprentices join a team of friends learning in nature with our teachers. For overnight weekends, check in is at 6:00 PM on Friday and check out is at 3:30 PM on Sunday. On our first single orientation day, check in is 8:45 AM and check out is 4:00 PM.  See below for scheduled dates.

Community Celebration Day - Saturday June 1.
Parents and family join Apprentices and Teachers for a community celebration of what we learned.

Optional Community & Family Programs - Dates Vary
Apprentices and immediate family can join us for fun Community Events and our Skills Nights.


Full program tuition is $2,375. Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.  Includes: 1 single Saturday, followed by 8 Friday - Sunday monthly overnight weekends, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, access to our weekly family Skills Night, and Mora knife. 

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of an Outdoor Leader
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • One field Saturday, then 8 Friday-Sunday overnight weekends, plus 2 community gathering days
  • Access to our Skills Nights
  • A Mora knife

Download 2019-20 Info Packet

2019-20 Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month, beginning in September and running through June. Please check your availability on these dates carefully, as we are unable to switch days between schedules or provide credit for missed program days after enrollment.

Grade 8-12: Schedule C                        

    • September 21, 2019: Field Orientation Day
    • October 11-13, 2019: Overnight Weekend
    • November 1-3, 2019: Overnight Weekend
    • November 22-24, 2019: Overnight Weekend
    • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
    • January 24-26, 2020: Overnight Weekend
    • February 14-16, 2020: Overnight Weekend
    • March 13-15, 2020: Overnight Weekend
    • March 21-23, 2020: Make-Up Weekend IF NEEDED
    • April 24-26, 2020: Overnight Weekend
    • May 15-17, 2020: Overnight Weekend
    • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation: Potluck Picnic

Registration Policy Information


Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.

Grade 6 - 12 (Includes Weekend Overnight Trips): 2019-20 program tuition is $2,475. Includes: 1 field day Saturday, 8 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 


To secure your space for Fall 2019 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child. Tuition is divided into nine equal payments which will be charged on the first of the month from September through May. A 5% discount will be applied for tuition paid in full by August 15, 2019.  

Please note that registrations are for the entirety of the program; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). If you are unable to provide your deposit now due to financial hardship, please contact us directly so we may make alternate arrangements. Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need; please see our scholarship page for deadlines and application information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-session cancellations and withdrawals. Please carefully look at the calendar dates above and weigh well if this is a commitment that fits with your family's schedule and needs. 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.
  • For all withdrawals from apprenticeship programs, a withdrawal fee equal to one monthly payment will apply.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.
  • We cannot offer credit for program days due to illness, family vacations, etc.