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Rovers Forest Apprenticeship (Ages 4-Grade K)

Outdoor Skills, Folk Craft & Nature Immersion

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Join our Rovers Forest Apprenticeship!
Trackers Earth's nature immersion program for Ages 4-Grade K.

A school-year program that teaches real outdoor skills 1 weekend a month.

Rovers Apprenticeship

Guided by our best Early Childhood Educators, children find new friends while exploring nature. They share in fun outdoor adventures. We call them Rovers because they learn skills from all Four Guilds of Trackers:

Rangers Guild Follow the trails of local forest animals. Develop skills of outdoor living and safety through fantastic games. Learn to explore the forest and read maps.

Wilders Guild Help care for animals of the ranch. Learn about wild plants and trees. Tend to the gardens that feed the Trackers Village.

Mariners Guild Play and forage by the water, finding crawdads and fish. Tie knots, make tiny boats, and navigate the lore of the ancient mariner.

Artisans Guild Get hands-on experience with woodworking and other handcraft skills. Share in awesome fun of the forest and learn to create our own.

Our Rovers Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced Early Childhood Educators teaching authentic skills. They are facilitators of growth through the power of nature and community.


How It Works

Apprentice Field Days - 9 program meetings: 1 Saturday or Sunday a month, Fall - Spring. or families. Check in is at 8:45 AM and check out is at 4:30 PM. At our monthly meetings, Apprentices join a team of friends learning in nature with our teachers. For flexibility, we offer many schedule options. See below for 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
Rovers Apprentices and immediate family can join us for fun Community Events.

Tuition

Full program tuition is $1,400. Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.  Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and access to our family Skills Night. 

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Rover
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • Nine field days and two community gathering events, plus access to our skills nights

Download 2018-19 Info Packet

2018-19 Rovers Apprenticeship Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month from September to May. When signing up for Apprenticeships, be sure to check these dates carefully and be sure your child can make most of the weekends. We are unable to provide credit for missed days or switch between schedules after program start. 

Choose the weekend (A, B, or C) that best fits your schedule*. After we receive your deposit, we email you to choose your schedule.

*Do to group size limits we do not allow switching between schedules.

Schedule A: Saturdays

  • September 8, 2018 Field Day
  • September 29, 2018 Field Day
  • October 20, 2018 Field Day
  • November 10, 2018 Field Day
  • December 8, 2018 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 19, 2019 Field Day
  • February 9, 2019 Field Day
  • March 9, 2019 Field Day
  • April 13, 2019 Field Day
  • May 4, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

Schedule C: Saturdays

  • September 22, 2018 Field Day
  • October 13, 2018 Field Day
  • November 3, 2018 Field Day
  • December 1, 2018 Field Day
  • December 8, 2018 Optional Holiday Party
  • February 2, 2019 Field Day
  • March 2, 2019 Field Day
  • March 23, 2019 Field Day
  • April 27, 2019 Field Day
  • May 18, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

Schedule D: Sundays

  • September 23, 2018 Field Day
  • October 14, 2018 Field Day
  • November 4, 2018 Field Day
  • December 2,  2018 Field Day
  • December 8, 2018 Optional Holiday Party
  • February 3, 2019 Field Day
  • March 3, 2019 Field Day
  • March 24, 2019 Field Day
  • April 28, 2019 Field Day
  • May 19, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

Registration Policy Information

Tuition

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

Rovers Program: 2018-19 program tuition is $1,400. Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and access to our Skills Nights.