Sandy Homeschool

Start: 09/08/2022 - End: 04/27/2023
11-2:30, weekly for the school year.
Lone Peak Park, South 700 East, Sandy, UT, USA

For the last 5 years, our homeschooling classes have been providing customized Earth education to kids throughout Utah. Join us again this year to master bushcrafting and wilderness skills.

Buy @ $856

Course Objectives

Our goal is for students to walk away with a deeper understanding of nature, even if they have taken classes with us before.

We want students to leave with the skills and confidence of a bushman and survivalist.

Through community building we will facilitate parent involvement to encourage these skills at home while still giving students the freedom to explore.

We aim to create a safe, fun, and social environment in which students can delve deeper into their interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.

Skills Taught

Sit spot

  • meditation
  • journaling
  • ecology
  • taxonomy
  • ethnobotany
  • morphology
  • biology


Survival skills

  • shelter
  • water
  • fire food
  • wood working
  • leather working
  • medicinal/edible plants
  • and much more



  • nature-based games
  • navigation/getting lost and found
  • tracking and awareness
  • bird language
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About the Course

After our morning game, students will find their sit spot and enjoy solo time interacting with nature. From there, we will work on our bowdrill kits and other survival skills they may need. To finish off our day, we will wander through the wonderful Lone Peak landscape.

We support students in taking an active role in choosing their own educational path. It is our job to have lessons and skills ready to facilitate that growth.

Meet Your Instructor

Dakota Shaffer

Dakota has been teaching professionally since 2011 and has an insatiable love for nature. His passion for teaching brought him from Missouri to Utah to delve deeper into his career. He is a proud father and enjoys spending his time trekking in the old ways and practicing the skills of the Mountain Men. He believes these skills connect us to our ancestors and their hardships in a way that brings new meaning to our own lives.

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Additional Information


Welcome to this year's 2022-2023 Homeschooling Program. At Making Tracks, we believe that connecting to nature in a deep and meaningful way can aid students in any problem they may face in life. In our programs students will be empowered to customize their learning experience to fit their goals, personality, and learning styles. Join us for an exciting year.


Vacations will be held the week of Thanksgiving, November 23rd, and the last two weeks of December for the holidays, December 18th-30th.


When you turn in the roundabout, head west passed the baseball diamonds. There is an overflow dirt parking lot where we will meet for our morning game. This will give us access to a hidden trail system that connects all the way up the city.


In purchasing a spot for your child you are also commiting to a minimum of one volunteer day/year. Upon registration, you will receive an email requesting your available dates and your unavailable dates for the year. We will send out a schedule before the start of class for when each parent is volunteering.

For more information please visit our FAQ page.

What to Bring

It is highly recommended that students bring the following to each class:

  • weather appropriate clothing and footwear
  • water (more than you normally drink at home)
  • food (high in protein and fat)


A backpack containing the following:

  • cheap tin cup
  • bandana or blindfold
  • knife (see here for requirements)
  • notebook
  • pen and pencil
  • personalized first aid kit
  • an unfinished skill (to be made during class)
  • bowdrill kit (to be made during class)

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Payment Options

We understand the current economy is having harsh effects on everyone. If necessary, we can work out a payment plan that will benefit your family. However, you will no longer be eligible for the early bird or sibling discounts.

Course Location

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