Tracks & Tales Nature School offers children a strong foundation in outdoor exploration, primitive living skills, creative expression & personal growth by using games, ancient crafts, storytelling, and the natural bounty of a pristine northwest forest. We are located 40 minutes from Seattle just east of Duvall, Washington.
Now offering Primitive Skills Workshops!
For children of 8 years and above, and adults. Tuesdays (ongoing), Fridays (full), and a special weekend sessions by appointment.
- Bow building & arrow making
- hide tanning & leather working
- Cordage & basketry
- Debris shelters
- Primitive traps
New Program! Starting soon: Farm to Forest, a fun-filled child-led exploration of a growing permaculture farm with wilderness games in a creek and forest. Contact us for more details!
View full calendar and sign up here.
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 about our 2014 Wilderness Warriors program!
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Read "In Appreciation" -- the Tracks & Tales book!
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.
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. Harper lead summer camps for Tracks and Tales in 2012 and 2013 and will help lead our Wilderness Warriors program in 2014 for more questing, swordplay, storytelling and unique adventures.
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.
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 kids extensively in a wide variety of educational -- settings from alternative elementary schools to summer camps, mentoring to wilderness-based rites of passage programs -= and is particularly passionate about nature-based education and student-directed learning. Porter currently lives in Olympia where he runs the after school program and substitute teaches at the Olympia Waldorf School, builds community through dance, makes music, and adventures in the wilderness. He loves the constant and surprising joy of collaboratively creating with a small group of learners. Porter is rejoining Tracks & Tales this year to lead our Wilderness Warriors program.
Lucas Rebrovic grew up in rural Southwest Ohio, playing in the woods everyday. From a young age Lucas developed a passion for skills that enabled him to be outside with as little man-made "stuff" as possible. As a teenager this passion led him to begin experimenting with bow building, which quickly snowballed into a full-fledged desire to learn every primitive skill he could imagine. Lucas graduated the Wilderness Awareness School Residential Program and then earned his degree in Environmental Biology. He now resides in Carnation, Washington, where he continues to enjoy and learn from bow making, flint knapping, hide tanning, wild food harvesting, blacksmithing, and a multitude of other exciting outdoor living skills.
Isadora Eads was born and raised in Hawaii on the side of a mountain where she could see all the way to the ocean. She followed her itchy feet for several years until they were magically transformed into roots in western Washington by the sudden onset of motherhood in 1998. She completed the Anake Outdoor School Program in 2009 at the Wilderness Awareness School (WAS) as well as the Anake Leadership Program in 2010. She served as a lead instructor and director for summer programs, various outreach programs and the youth mentor naturalist training program since 2009. She has instructed preschool through adult programs at WAS, and Y-WE, and joined Tracks & Tales in 2011. Her two children, Sam and Addy, are a constant source of inspiration, learning and hilarity. Isadora enjoys music, sitting around fires in the dark listening to stories, ninjas, daydreaming, and just about anything ridiculous. She feels truly alive when using her super powers for good, singing, and being on or in almost any natural body of water. If she had three wishes she would wish to turn into a bird, go to Africa and work with special needs kids, but not necessarily in that order.
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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