Summer Camps 2017 – August Session


2017 Summer Deep Nature Programs
Nature Connection and Fun!

Added August Sessions

Extra August Session

Extra Session Requested for Little Animals Fun Days
Monday, August 21st - Wednesday August 23rd
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  • Little Animals Fun Days
    Ages 4-6

    9am-2pm


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    August 7th, 8th, 9th – $125


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    August 14th, 15, 16th – $125


    Explore nature and animals through the eyes of the creatures we love! Animal forms are the way that our ancestors honored and explored their relationships to the world through dance, games and play! We will create natural masks and outfits and travel as a herd, a troupe and a cadre together through nature!!


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  • Deep Nature Explorers
    Ages 7-10

    9am-2pm


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    August 7th, 8th, 9th – $125


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    August 14th, 15, 16th – $125


    Expand your senses and explore! Learn wild edibles, start a fire by friction and gather food from your environment. Build a fort, learn to play and work as a team and learn to be more self sufficient in nature.


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  • Deep Nature Advanced- Challenge yourself!
    Ages 11-16

    9am-2pm


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    August 7th, 8th, 9th – $125


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    August 14th, 15, 16th – $125


    Learn how to find your own food, build a shelter, and start a fire by friction in many Kauai environments. Learn how to move through your landscape with little disturbance and be unseen.



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Summer Camps 2017


2017 Summer Deep Nature Programs
Nature Connection and Fun!


  • Little Animals Fun Days
    Ages 4-6

    9am-2pm


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    June 12th-14th- $150


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    June 26th-28th- $150


    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    July 3, 5th, 6th- $150


    Explore nature and animals through the eyes of the creatures we love! Animal forms are the way that our ancestors honored and explored their relationships to the world through dance, games and play! We will create natural masks and outfits and travel as a herd, a troupe and a cadre together through nature!!

    Register Online Here
  • Deep Nature Explorers
    Ages 7-10

    8:30am-3pm


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    June 5th-7th- $150


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    June 12th-14th- $150


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    June 26th-28th- $150


    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    July 3, 5th, 6th- $150


    Expand your senses and explore! Learn wild edibles, start a fire by friction and gather food from your environment. Build a fort, learn to play and work as a team and learn to be more self sufficient in nature.

    Register Online Here

  • Deep Nature Advanced- Challenge yourself!
    Ages 11-16

    8:30am-3pm


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    June 12th-14th- $150


    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    June 26th-28th- $150


    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    July 3, 5th, 6th- $150


    Learn how to find your own food, build a shelter, and start a fire by friction in many Kauai environments. Learn how to move through your landscape with little disturbance and be unseen.



    Register Online Here

  • Deep Nature Village Camp
    June and July!!
    Ages 5-16

    8:30am-3pm


    Monday through Friday
    June 19th- 23rd $250


    Monday through Friday
    July 10th-14th $250


    Spend a week on the Amazing WaiKoa Plantation playing and learning! Our unique camp is like walking into a living village filled with nature mentors and fun nature friends! Start the morning with a song in a circle and go straight into play and craft to your hearts content! With a high ratio of qualified nature mentors to campers the village comes alive. Plenty of places to play and connect: the Stone Dam, enchanted forest, fish ponds, and river forest valleys! The center of the village is filled with crafts and a fire to cook treats!



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TrackersNW

Trackers Earth offers camps and outdoor programs for all ages. We provide innovative education in nature connection and authentic outdoor skills. Camps and classes include outdoor skills, wild plants, archery, restoration and much more. Our organization and education models are collaborative. Our purpose is to create a village of connection to the land, accountability, common sense, and limitless enthusiasm.

Trackers camps and outdoor programs have been recognized by several awards including best camp voted by parent’s with Red Tricycle and NW Kids magazines and an industry specific award for creative programming by the American Camp Association.

Tom Brown, Jr’s Tracker School

About Tracker School

Grandfather

Stalking Wolf was raised free of the reservations in the mountains of northern Mexico. Born in the 1870’s during a time of great warfare and violence, he was part of a band of Lipan Apache that never surrendered. He was taught the traditional ways of his people and became a shaman and a scout. When he was twenty a vision sent him away from his people, and for the next sixty-three years he wandered, seeking teachers and learning the old ways of many native peoples, and others who lived close to the earth.

Tom Brown, Jr.

Tom Brown, Jr is America’s most acclaimed outdoorsman, and a renowned tracker, teacher, and author. When Tom was only seven, Stalking Wolf (Grandfather), an Apache elder, shaman and scout, began coyote teaching Tom in the skills of tracking, wilderness survival, and awareness. After Stalking Wolf’s final walk, Tom spent the next ten years wandering the wilderness throughout the America’s with no manufactured tools-in most cases not even a knife-perfecting these Grandfathers skills and teachings.

The Tracker School was founded in 1978 by Tom Brown Jr, Americas most renowned Tracker, and Wilderness Survival expert. Based on the teachings of Stalking Wolf, the Apache elder from whom Tom learned his skills when he was just seven years old, he began teaching. The school has expanded to include over 75 classes, divided into eight course tracks.

Children and Nature

Children and Nature Network

Vision

A world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives.

Mission

The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

Wilderness Awareness School

Wilderness Awareness School Store

Wilderness Awareness School, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1983, is an internationally-recognized leader in outdoor education. Our mission is to help children and adults cultivate healthy relationships with nature, community and self. Through nature connection and cultural mentoring, we provide transformational experiences that awaken people’s unique gifts, deepen their relationship with nature, and empower them to enrich the health of their communities. Our community of students includes people of all ages who understand and thrive on their connection to the natural world around us.
Founded by the late Ingwe (Norman Powell) and Jon Young, Wilderness Awareness School is recognized as one of the primary inspirations for the contemporary nature connection movement. Our founders have long been acknowledged for their thought leadership, and their philosophy is our guide as we continue to provide opportunities for children to discover the natural world around them, and for adults to explore, gain confidence in, and reconnect with the environment.

8 Shields

Jon Young and 8 shields

Our Philosophy…
The “8 Handshakes”

The core values of the 8 Shields Institute and the emerging 8 Shields cultural mentoring movement rest on the “8 Handshakes,” a set of agreements that define not only how we relate to each other, but also articulate how we conduct ourselves in the world at large.

These eight practices illustrate our approach for working with ourselves, our partners and those we serve.

These commitments enhance and strengthen the work of deep nature connection, culture repair, cultural mentoring and community resilience.

Observance and adherence to these principles drive our interactions in Unity, Peace and Understanding. The Handshakes are essential connective practices that support health and resiliency.

Our History…
The story of the 8 Shields Institute – and its founder Jon Young – represents a journey spanning over three decades of research, and weaves together the diverse threads of deep nature connection, mentoring, and peacemaking traditions. These experiential tools have been distilled into life-changing programs that have touched people across the globe.

What started as the mundane walk of a 10 year old boy coming home from the woods with a snapping turtle in his hand, became the foundation of a movement that has changed lives.

Jon Young received a very special gift – of being mentored in an ages-old tradition of deep connection that enlivens individuals and communities – and has made it his life’s work to pass those teachings on to people of all ages.

Along the way a school was founded, and more schools emerged as the ideas spread. Now, over 30 years later, the 8 Shields Institute is leading the way in developing the programs and products that help people reclaim their own deep connection to nature and each other.

Sincere gratitude goes out to the many people who have contributed to this amazing work. Tom Brown, Jr. saw a kid on the side of the road with a turtle in his hand, and simply asked a question….and that started it all.

What question could you ask today that would change everything…

Learn more about how a boy and a snapping turtle can launch a movement.

Give Nature a Chance

The Nature Principle

“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”
—RICHARD LOUV

Kauai Coastline Hike

Hiking by Trail with an experienced Kauai Nature School Guide




In addition to our Field Tours we offer guided hiking on Kauai’s best hiking trails.
Some examples of Full Day Adventures include:

Awaawapuhi
– Difficulty 4
– Trial length 10 miles
– The premier Lookout trail for Kauai. Start off at a cool 4000 feet and descend through 2000 feet of strange and curious native and endemic forest.
– At the Awa Awaawapuhi lookout you are perched on a 2000 foot vertical drop to the Napali Coast where waves crash on volcanic boulders.
– If that wasn’t enough we take a snaking forest trail with view abundant through more ancient hawaiian ecosystems to Nualolo Lookout.
– Nualolo Lookout is the crown jewel of lookouts, where you can view the whole Napali coast in one singular awe inspiring gaze.
– A hearty and delicious local lunch and plenty of snacks are provided. This is a long strenuous trail that gives back in full with its amazing beauty. It is a personal favorite among guides and visitors.

Powerline Trail
– Difficulty 5
– Trail length – 10.3 miles
– The Power line Trail is a spectacular yet difficult trail that can be accessed from either the North Shore or the upper East Side in Wailua. The hike literally cuts through the island and gives you a spectacular view of the islands interior as well as distant sweeping ocean views.
– The Power-line Trail from the North Shore starts at Kapa Ka Street, up the road from Princeville Ranch Stables.
– The beginning of the trail is at the start of a dirt road used to access the electric transmission lines for maintenance, the route follows the eastern boundaries of Halelea Forest Reserve, ending near the Keahua Forestry Arboretum in the upper Wailua area where you can cool off in a mountain fed swimming hole with a rope swing.

Napali Coast Waterfall
– Difficulty 3-4
– Trail length – 6.9 miles
– You get a river, a beach and a waterfall in an ancient pristine valley.
– Hanakapiai Falls (or Hanakapi’ai Falls) is a very tall (maybe 300ft) waterfall nestled deep in the back of Hanakapi’ai Valley. A visit to this waterfall would be a half-day trip at a minimum taking in the first two miles of the Na Pali Coast as well as two miles into Hanakapi’ai Valley.
– Trail begins at Ke`e Beach traveling along high ocean-side cliffs. Narrow path passes in and out of several valleys with steep inclines and declines. Follow along Hanakapiai river to waterfall that drops into large, deep pool.

Alakai Swamp/Kilihana
– Difficulty 4
– Trail length – 7.4 miles
– The Pihea Trail or Kilohana Lookout is located at the end of Hwy. 550 at the Puu o Kila scenic lookout. Watch the graceful sea birds catch the wind drafts and fly freely over the valleys and Kalalau beach below. As you begin the trail you will find yourself perched on a land bridge straddling 4,000 feet above the Kalalau Valley floor and the Alakai Swamp, with inland views stretching to Mount Waialeale, “The Wettest Spot on Earth”.
– After the vista and the short downhill stretch you will meet up with the boardwalk that follows the trail through forest of Ohia, Koa, wild ferns, and other native plants. Keep your eyes open for rare sightings of one of the many birds that make this forest their home.

Waimea Canyon/Liahi
– Difficulty 4
– Waimea Canyon was carved out of the red dirt by a raging Waimea River, swollen with rainfall collected from Mount Waialeale, which is widely considered one of the wettest spots on earth. Waimea is the Hawaiian word for “reddish water,” a nod to the canyon’s formation. Today the river that cuts across the canyon is slow and placid — a perfect place to cool down before commencing the strenuous uphill march out of the valley.

Waimea Rim Trail/Blackpipe
– Difficulty 3
– Trail length – 3.8 miles
– Moderate Trail. Serves as an access to the Canyon Trail. Native hibiscus and iliau are among the plants found in the koa forest. The trail is so named because of the large black wooden pipe that hikers must cross.

Makaleha
– Difficulty 4
– Trail length – 2.6 miles
– The hike along (and in) the stream to Makaleha Falls is spectacular. The name of the mountains, the falls and stream, maka·leha – to gaze in wonder, ranks it among the most aptly named features on the island. The stream itself derives from three springs, two atop a western ridge and one to the north near Poohaku Pili (2,592 feet/790 meters).

Hawaii’s feral pigs

Wildlife Tracking and Stalking Adventures



Go on an adventure with seasoned wildlife tracker Matt Kirk to track and stalk Kauai’s wildlife. Learn and practice how to move through the jungle quiet and alert. Choice wildlife areas only – expect great pictures and even better stories about wild boar, feral goats, deer, and our ferocious introduced jungle fowl. Bring a Camera.