We offer school-year programs and summer camps for 7- to 12-year olds.
Fire Tender Program
Forest Tracker Program
Coyote Kids for 5-8 year olds
Children in the Fire Tender and Forest Tracker programs get to have incredible adventures while making deep connections to the natural world. Through core routines, skill-building projects, storytelling and play, our youth develop confidence and proficiency in eight key areas of learning. Our instructors care-take safe environments within which students may experiment, learn, adventure, and grow in each of these key areas:
Each program maintains a ratio of 8-10 youth per 1 mentor; apprentices or adult volunteers may also join the program. Depending upon group size, part of the day is spent in large group activities (i.e., opening and closing circle, games, singing, storytelling, lunch), while most of the days, smaller groups called “clans” or “guilds” are formed.
The Fire Tenders take about three field trips throughout the program year. Generally, these are on-island adventures. We also bring guest instructors to our program to share a particular skill or area of expertise. Program instructors remain with their clan during these special days.
Vashon Wilderness Program offers tuition scholarships for our school-year programs. Learn more about our scholarship assistance.
In addition, your homeschooled child (age 5+) may be eligible to receive valuable tuition assistance that can be applied toward costs at Vashon Wilderness Program. More details.
Thank you to Camp Fire & Camp Sealth! Together we are getting more kids outside and connected with nature, community, and themselves!
Visit our Summer Camp page to see what we are offering this summer!