Now offering an exciting array of programs all year round.
Tracks & Tales Nature School offers children a strong foundation in outdoor exploration, creative expression & personal growth by using games, ancient skills, storytelling, and the natural bounty of a pristine northwest forest. We are located 40 minutes from Seattle just east of Duvall, Washington.
Now enrolling for :
Summer Ranger Camp Weekly sessions, Monday - Friday, July 2013
Schoolyear program, September 2013 to June 2014
In the past decade, more and more people have been turning to "nature education." Books such as Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv, Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell, and Coyote’s Guide to Connecting Kids with Nature by Jon Young and Ellen Haas, help show the profound impact nature can have on children, bringing them a sense of peace, self-confidence and joy.
Sign up now for our Elemental Ranger Camps, this summer!
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Click here for more information about our Elemental Ranger Camps.
Tracks and Tales Nature School cultivates not only the connection between children and nature, but also the connections between children and their families, between families and nature, and between families and community. Community thanks-giving dinners, family-friendly gatherings, and special storytelling evenings further celebrate and strengthen our community.
Read "In Appreciation" -- the Tracks & Tales book!
Children can sign up for classes one or more days each week, or come every other week.
Classes are largely conducted outdoors, and children should dress appropriately for the weather and bring a change of clothes. Children should also bring lunch and/or several snacks and water. They will likely eat more than you expect.
Sample Schedule (subject to change):|
11am: Children arrive. Running and awareness games such as Fire in the Forest, Limb Tag, Otter Steals Fish
11:45pm: Lunch & Story.
12:15pm: Focus Activity. This varies by day and may include more games, exploring, music, movement, art, science projects or journaling.
2pm Snack & Story
2:10pm: More running games.
2:50 Closing Circle
3pm Children depart.
- Nature-based games
- Exploring of woods & streams
- Child's passions
- Activities custom taylored to your child
- Coyote Mentoring / Art of Questioning
- Instructors trained at Wilderness Awareness School
View our google calendar showing all class days.
Our program is based in the beautiful forests available just minutes from the heart of Duvall, Washington. Acres of pristine, mature forests and streams provide infinite natural exploration. Contact us for our exact address.
Instructors & Staff
Harper Stone was raised on myths and folktales from around the world. He was influenced by three significant mentors throughout his life; one a man named Aaron who developed a warriorship mentoring program. At 15, Harper experienced this program and rite of passage, with profoundly transformative personal results. While traveling in Ireland, he met a man named Roderic who taught him about living an intentional, passionate and empowered life. For nine months he lived and worked alongside him, learning about the archetypes, unconscious patterns and stories. Thirdly, he met a woman raised in the culture of rural Ireland and has maintained a four-year correspondence with her, gaining an education in the lore, perspectives and rituals of the Celtic tradition. For the past ten years, he has worked with Renaissance Adventures, based in Boulder, Colorado, leading kids on Adventure Quest Summer Camps. In 2012, he took a group of ten teens to an eco-retreat center in Wales, UK for an 11-day adventure into nature, history, myth and magic. At the end of the program, each one said they would remember it for the rest of their lives. He will be rejoining Tracks & Tales this summer for more questing, swordplay, storytelling and unique adventures.
Ted Packard has been sharing his love of nature with others his whole life. Grown in Virginia, Ted spent his formative years following fox trails and catching crayfish. This led to eating wild greens, followed by wild mushrooms. After getting a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master’s degree in Education, he spent two years travelling the East Coast playing music and exploring as many ecosystems as he could.
In 2011 he moved to Washington and completed the Wilderness Certification Program at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After volunteering at Quiet Heart’s OWLE camp and working at summer camps with Wilderness Awareness School, he knew he had found the sort of Education that he felt lacking in public schools. Spending a year immersed in the Northwest woods has left him profoundly grateful for the chance to be so near to so many incredible animals, plants, and mentors of all kinds. He is passionate about the sharing of stories, music, art, games, yoga, basket making, primitive skills, and feeding the passion in others. He is so grateful for this chance to share in the growth of new skills and meaningful ties with the Earth.
Porter Eichenlaub grew up running wild in the woods and fields of New England, and has devoted his life to creating alternative educational programs that empower children to become masters in crafting their own lives. He has worked with children extensively in a wide variety of educational settings from alternative elementary schools to summer camps, nannying to international college programs. He cares deeply about designing and facilitating programs that uncover and evolve each person’s innate wisdom, creativity, curiosity and wonder using the natural world, the body, and peers as unparalleled teachers and resources. He loves the constant and surprising joy of collaboratively creating with a small group of learners.
He is completing his BA in Leadership and Education at Antioch University Seattle. Porter currently lives in Olympia, where he builds community with those he loves, dances often, sings more often, plays guitar, empowers youth activists, plays with kids, works with clay, and has adventures in the wilderness.
Maya Wallach, parent, volunteer, and registrar, helped start Tracks & Tales Nature School after seeing how students of all ages blossom in the amazing outdoor programs at the Wilderness Awareness School. Maya spent much of her childhood on the Pacific's rocky beaches, and splashing in the clear blue lakes of the high Sierras. After several careers in New York (social work, arts administrator), Paris (dance writer & photographer) and Bangalore (computer programmer), living on a creek in the forest feels like coming home at last.
We are grateful to be located in the heart of a community that is so full of natural beauty and inspiring people. We also want to acknowledge the greater community that nourishes our programs. Click here for a list of links.
We recommend the Wilderness Awareness School's research page for more information about why nature-based learning is so important.
Registration and Payment Options
Our programs are tailored to focus on each child's and each group's abilities and interests.
Click here to see our 2013-14 program prices and payment options.
Registration is a two step process:
1. Click here to download our registration form (as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file). Please bring or mail this to us even if you sign up online as it includes signatures.
2. Please make out a check to "Tracks and Tales Nature School" and mail or hand it to us.
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Tracks & Tales is part of the Natural Learning Center.