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Anake Leadership Program

Become An Outdoor Education Instructor!

“I signed up for the program expecting to learn about a unique nature education model and ended up taking away so much more. I learned about leading out a student’s gifts and came to a better understanding of my own strengths and weaknesses as a mentor. I have never in my life had so much fun learning.”  -Stephanie Etley

Cultivating Leaders Connected to Nature, Community, and Self

For Wilderness Awareness School, helping people cultivate their own deep connections to nature, community and self is essential. The next step in that journey lies in people learning to facilitate this process of discovery and connection for others, which is the main focus of the Anake Leadership Program (ALP). This is usually a second of year of training following participation in Anake Outdoor School (AOS), but occasionally students have enough training to participate directly in ALP (see below for more details on prerequisites).

What's Covered?

The essence of our approach to mentoring and leadership training is "learning by doing". As an apprentice, your training is based on assisting the instructor team at one or several of our School Year programs. These programs serve students ranging from age 4 to adults, providing apprentices with the invaluable opportunity to work with students of different ages and experience levels.

Teams of apprentices spend 1 to 3 days a week in the field assisting and being trained by skilled and experienced Wilderness Awareness School instructors. Apprentices can choose to work with adults at AOS or at one or more of our Youth Programs. There will also be a planning meeting before class each week

Learning Structure

In addition to the field component, ALP training includes:

Monthly Seminars: Each month, apprentices come together for one afternoon and one full weekend day to reflect and share stories of their experiences, gain deeper learning and realizations, and learn about our 8 Shields curriculum.

Intensives: At the beginning of the program, apprentices will immerse themselves in a three-day intensive dedicated to providing connection and orientation before programs start. There will also be the option to participate in the Pacific Northwest Nature Mentoring Exchange and to volunteer at the Coyote Mentoring spring program. There will be a Rite-of-Passage designed to help finish the ALP experience in a deep and powerful way.

Your Instructors

A key to any program is the quality of instructors. We are fortunate to have some of the most experienced instructors in the nature connection field. For the ALP training, you will be mentored by Sol Doran and Quinn Bailey. For the field practicum, you can find the instructors you'll be working with here.

Options for Additional Training for ALP Students

For students seeking more advanced naturalist training,  Wilderness Awareness School offers other options designed to allow apprentices to participate while doing their ALP training. These programs involve 9 or 10 weekend sessions through the September through May school year, and currently include the Tracking Intensive & Plant Intensive.

Additionally, for those students who qualify, there are opportunities to work as summer camp instructors or directors.

Requirements for Participation

Because ALP training involves assisting Wilderness Awareness School instructors in running real-world programs, students are required to have basic competence in the core concepts of Wilderness Awareness School’s curriculum (AOS Certification or equivalent) AND have a basic competence in working with groups of students.

For students coming to the program with minimal or no previous background in group facilitation, we encourage volunteering at summer camps before the start of ALP. This will provide students with essential experience to participate in the apprenticeship. This consists of a week of training and three additional weeks volunteering as an assistant at one of Wilderness Awareness School’s summer camp programs. Contact Sam Bowman if you are interested in volunteering:

Additional Details

Cost: $2350 tuition. This includes all training and course materials. Limited scholarship funding is available. Total tuition cost includes a $250 non-refundable deposit which secures your place in the program; due June 1st. The remaining tuition is due in three payments of $700 on Aug 15, Nov. 15, and Feb 15.

Dates/Schedule: Sept. 2019 - May 2020. The ALP Training seminars meet Tuesdays for 1.5-2 hours. One weekend per month we'll have a 6-hour training day on Sundays OR a longer weekend immersion. Weekly field practicum days can happen on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or weekends; it depends on the course(s) you are working with. Planning meetings happen on Monday (AOS) or Tuesday (Youth Programs).

Prerequisite: The Anake Leadership Program is for graduates (from any year) of the Anake Outdoor School OR an equivalent yearlong nature immersion program OR people with significant training in outdoor education and deep familiarity with Wilderness Awareness School's mentoring philosophy.

To Apply or for More Information

The early priority application deadline is May 8, 2019. Applications accepted on a rolling basis after that date. The first round of placements will be given on June 15th.

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For additional questions contact:

Dan Corcoran
Adult Program Director

NOTE: Applications must be received before submitting a scholarship application. Scholarship applications for this program will not be considered without a program application. Scholarships will be applied to any remaining tuition after the non-refundable deposit has been paid. Once you've applied, fill out the scholarship request here.