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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

Schedule

1 Saturday a month, September - May. At our Monthly Training Weekends, Apprentices join a team of friends learning from expert mentors. See below for dates and available schedules.

Single Saturdays - 1 Saturday per month; 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM. Available for Grades PK-K. The most flexibility for families.

Also Included: 

  • Graduation Day community picnic - Saturday May 30
  • Holiday Family Party - Saturday December 14
  • Additional optional Community & Family Events - Dates Vary
  • Monthly community skills night - 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May
  • Mora wood carving knife

Tuition

Tuition is divided into 9 equal monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full in mid-August for a 5% discount.

Single Saturdays: Tuition is $1,495 ($166 per month)

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 2019-20 Info Packet

2019-20 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 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 7, 2019: Field Day
  • September 28, 2019: Field Day
  • October 19, 2019: Field Day
  • November 9, 2019: Field Day
  • December 7, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • February 1, 2020: Field Day
  • February 29, 2020: Field Day
  • March 15, 2020 (Sunday): Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • April 11, 2020: Field Day
  • May 2, 2020: Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Schedule C: Saturdays                           

  • September 21, 2019: Field Day
  • October 12, 2019: Field Day
  • November 2, 2019: Field Day
  • November 23, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • January 25, 2020: Field Day
  • February 15, 2020: Field Day
  • March 1, 2020 (Sunday): Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • March 14, 2020: Field Day
  • April 25, 2020: Field Day
  • May 16, 2020: Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

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.

Grade PK-K (Single Days Only): 2019-20 program tuition is $1,495. Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 

Registration

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.