This year-long mentoring program is designed and taught by women in the Rewild Portland community with the intention of inspiring thoughtful, young leaders who can move confidently and respectfully through nature, while also developing healthy feminine relationships, building character, and inspiring their own curiosity. We explore nature with the minds of naturalists through art, games, crafts and ancestral/survival skills, while also having conversations about what it means to rewild our bodies and our lives.
The program will meet on the second Saturday of each month and will embark on a fall overnight adventure, as well as a summer camping weekend. Participants will gain experience with the arts of fire making, knife use and carving, weaving, cordage, felting, dyeing, leather work, edible and medicinal plant crafting, plant identification, orienteering, storytelling, bird language, tracking and other skills of personal interest to the group. The day-long Saturday meetings will focus on seasonal themes, natural crafts, games, and naturalists skills. We invite women as guest mentors to join us in leading a skill, game or project. Saturday locations will vary and take advantage of natural settings near the Portland Metro area.
This program is for ages 10-12. 13 year olds that have been a part of previous year’s programs will be able to participate in the 2016-2017 program.
Program Dates & Locations
September 10th 2016- August 13th 2017
Monthly meetings are the 2nd Saturday of every month, and are held at various natural areas around Portland. (September 10th, October 8th, November Camp out 12th and 13th, December 10th, January14th, February 11th, March 11th, April 8th, May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, August Camp Out 12th and 13th)
Meeting times will be 10AM-4PM.
Fall overnight will be in a cabin setting (November 12 & 13), Summer camping trip will occur at Oxbow Regional Park (August 11, 12 & 13).
Tuition: $75/Month ($900 for the year) Participants must make a year long commitment to the program.
Laura Goldstone was raised in Selma, California, a small farming community in the central San Joaquin Valley. Her father worked for the National Park service before raising a family, so she and her two siblings spent much of their childhood camping and exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the surrounding foothills. Laura earned a BA in Fine Arts from Fresno State with plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher. She soon found herself thrust into the non-profit education world, teaching art and science for the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, studying at the Institute of Inquiry with the Exploratorium in San Francisco, developing and teaching programs at the San Diego Museum of Natural History, The Rueben H. Fleet Science Center, and many after-school programs in between. She left San Diego to return to her home territories and was honored to work as the Preschool-Programs Coordinator for the San Joaquin Parkway and Conservation Trust. Teaching 4 and 5 year olds along the San Joaquin River is one of her cherished educator experiences. Flowing along from one great river to another, Laura moved to Portland, Oregon. She worked for Trackers in 2013 as their lead coordinator for 4-5 year old camps, which helped spark a desire to learn not just survival, but ancestral skills. In her pursuit of knowledge and practice she stumbled across Rewild Portland, “ I saw that table full of bone tools and the most wondrous hand-made items and just knew I would get a lot out of my time with them, I couldn’t sign up to volunteer fast enough. I am so thrilled to have found not only an organization with a philosophy that resonates with my own life, but a real community of learners, educators, makers, artists and real visionaries. My life really hasn’t been the same.”
Kara Daniel was born and raised in Michigan where she spent much of her childhood exploring wooded trails and rock-hunting on beaches of the Great Lakes with her family. In her late teens she began thinking critically about Western culture as she became involved in social justice and environmental activism. She changed college majors several times as her two passions (art and science) pulled her in different directions. Her connection with plants and love of the outdoors finally led her to pursue a B.S. in Natural Resource Management. After college, she began teaching at outdoor education camps and loved the energy and enthusiasm that working with kids involved. She taught and explored with children as young as four years old as well as teenagers and young adults at camps and nature centers in North Carolina, New York, California, and Wisconsin before landing in Oregon where she discovered that the diverse ecosystems and the amazing rewilding community were exactly what she had been searching for. Kara has since found a way to combine her interests of art and nature by crafting from natural materials and being inspired by the natural world. She loves fiber crafts of all sorts: felting, dying, spinning and knitting, and has more recently begun to explore basket weaving. She continues to learn about plants and the natural world while studying permaculture design and herbal medicine.
Sarah Hill is a teacher, naturalist, indiscriminate animal lover, and pun master. Her desire to connect young people with the outdoors brought her to Rewild Portland. Raised in Ridgefield, WA, Sarah spent her childhood fishing with her father, gardening with her mother and wandering her families forested property. This passion for the natural world has followed her throughout her life. In high school, she was a councilor for her local outdoor school program, and later became a science education intern at OMSI. She holds a degree in Life Science from the University of Portland, has developed educational materials and served as an outdoor educator for the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, TX, the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and is currently in charge of the cultural education programs of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. Sarah uses her unbridled curiosity, passion for learning, and life-long connection to the wild lands of the Northwest to aid youth in developing their own sense of place.
The questions on this application must be filled out by program participant.
Rewild Portland is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to sharing earth based arts, traditions, and technologies with a wide range of residence in the Portland Metro area. We understand that even though we work hard to keep our program costs as low as possible, our programs still may not be accessible to everyone. This year, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships for the Young Woman’s Nature Skills Program.