These days, it can feel like we have to trek out to the boonies and fork out a huge sum of money just to reconnect with our roots. But many of us can’t carve out the time, finances, or commitment for that. At Making Tracks, we believe everyone should have easy access to connection with nature. We’re committed to breaking down the barriers and bringing you and nature together. That’s why our affordable outdoor education utilizes the beautiful parks and nature areas located in and around urban locations.
Needless to say, survival skills are a core part of what we do. Fundamentally, we’re a league of educators dedicated to mentoring you on how to survive in any landscape. But we know that sometimes it’s hard to know who’s the real deal. Around here, we’re big on transparency -- you’re trusting us to show you the ropes on this whole nature thing, and we don’t take that lightly. We make sure you know exactly who is teaching you, all their qualifications, their background and their specific skill set. With Making Tracks, you know you’re in good hands, so you can focus your energy on getting yours dirty.
Most outdoor schools give you a limited choice from a selection of rigid programs -- but not us. We recognize that each and every student is unique, so we provide custom course content tailored to your exact needs and desires. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from nature, it’s the importance of listening carefully and taking stock of feedback, so you can rest assured that we’ll be flexible as you find your footing in the world of outdoor education.
When your relationship with nature blossoms, all other aspects of your life flourish, too. Reconnecting with the natural world heightens your awareness and empathy and enhances your ability to navigate the modern experience in a way that nothing else can. You’ll discover newfound self-sufficiency, confidence, and overall health and wellbeing (both physically and mentally). By doing your dirt time, you’ll feel empowered to make your mark in any occupation, education, or lifestyle.
We humans have a habit of taking this life thing way too seriously. We get all cooped up inside with our thoughts and our never ending to-do lists. Nothing cuts that tension quite like some good, old-fashioned playtime. Yes, Making Tracks is an educational experience -- and play is in fact the best mechanism for learning -- but the most important lesson we hope you take home is the value of getting out of your house and your head, and into the playful spirit of the great outdoors. Go on, get some dirt under those nails. You might just be surprised by how liberated you feel...
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