No. Instead, we keep the cost of our classes lower than many outdoors programs. We are happy to work out a payment plan and discuss other options with you.
Wisdom Keepers classes take place rain, snow or shine. If we are forced to cancel a class due to extreme weather conditions we will issue you a refund or credit for that class only.
There are no refunds due to illness, injury or scheduling conflicts.
Yes, with an adult.
Five yr-olds must be registered as students and most 4 yr-olds also fully participate and, therefore, must also register. Children age 3 and under do not need to register/pay.
Yes, adults are encouraged to join us at no additional cost.
No, but the second class of Apprentice of the Wild covers safe knife use and a short, easy carving exercise. The ability to use this tool safely and efficiently will serve your child their entire life. I will have extra knives available for use if your child doesn’t have one. Also, as a parent, you are welcome to request that your child opt out of knife use.
The knife to purchase is either a locking blade (folding) knife or a fixed blade (sheath) knife. Please don’t bring a Swiss Army type knife that folds without locking, because the blade is susceptible to closing on little fingers. All sporting goods stores carry a variety of knives. I prefer a knife with a comfortable handle for ease of carving and with a simple edge (serrated edges are a gimmick that are hard to sharpen). The best knife for the price (less than $20) is made by Mora of Sweden; the Scout has a hand guard and rounded tip for the youngest students; older children will appreciate the Companion or Classic. If your child does not have a knife, I will have a couple of extra ones for them to use.
Yes! Please contact us with your interests and we will be happy to work with you. If you are part of a group or have friends that would like to join a class, that makes scheduling something new much easier.
Yes! Travel expenses are added to the cost of the course. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you.
Chris: I’m pretty fond of ant lemonade. You find a nest of thatch ants, which are common in the NW, and use a twig (like a chimpanzee) to draw them out and then tap them into a glass of water. The ants spray formic acid which tastes almost identical to citric acid. Remove the ants (optional), add some sweetener, and voila!