For the past 8 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.
Students will develop bushcraft and survival skills such as fire-making, shelter-building, foraging, and navigation by practicing them in a safe and controlled outdoor setting. They will test their skills by completing tasks and challenges individually and in groups.
Students will enhance their social and emotional intelligence by participating in team-building activities, games, and exercises. To promote qualities such as communication, trust, respect, and empathy, students will reflect on their experiences and challenges in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Students will identify the importance of responsible and ethical behavior towards nature and technology.
The instructor will provide constructive feedback and encourage students to embrace growth and improvement on an ongoing process.
After our morning game, students will find their sit spot and enjoy solo time interacting with nature. From there, we will work on the skill of the day, both as individuals and as a group. 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.
Please note the age limit for this course is 5-18, while 4 and under can attend and are free of charge. But students 7 years and younger need a parent to attend with them.
Ember is a natural teacher, and her years of professional experience have demonstrated her talents and abilities in helping people learn and grow. Her teaching style is very inclusive, especially for those shy or uncomfortable in new situations. She is skilled in the art of storytelling and captures the attention of all age groups. Ember feels drawn to share her life experience with others in an open and honest way.
Fall Break: Oct 16-20
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 23rd-26th
Winter Break: Dec 1-31
Spring Break: April 1-5
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.
It is highly recommended that students bring the following to each class:
A backpack containing the following:
Erik has such passion for giving back to others to create more possibilities for youth to grow up Nature-Connected. I highly recommend getting involved with his programs and giving yourself and your children a healthy foundation in a balanced relationship with the Earth.
- Rick Berry, 4 Elements Earth Education
Erik’s dedication to and passion for teaching are so strong. His programs are a benefit to all who attend. The quality of his work and commitment to people and their connection to the earth and skills is such a high priority.
- Karen Sherwood, Earthwalk Northwest
My girls and I started doing weekly classes with Erik two years ago, and it has been a favorite time together that we look forward to each week. Whether it is cold and rainy or sunny and warm, my girls can’t wait to go every week, and we benefit from getting out in nature and fresh air. We have gained a better understanding and respect for nature which couldn’t be more needed in today's world. We are so grateful for Making Tracks!
- Jamie Walsh, Client
Making Tracks Earth Education is just what I was looking for to help me and my children learn deeply how to love and connect with nature through games and hands-on experiences. Erik teaches in such a unique and profound way that my family has gained more connection to each other, to ourselves, and to nature through taking his classes. He really makes students think and own their own learning process. We absolutely love this style of learning and everything about Making Tracks.
- Rachel von Niederhausern, Client