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Forest Mini Camp—Great for Families Attending Bioneers!

November 6, 2015 - November 7, 2015


This program is designed to integrate with the Bioneers conference for families attending the conference or to serve as a stand-alone program for children whose parents are not able to participate in the conference.

Forest Mini Camp, Legacy Forest at Chinook

November 6th (3:30 pm—5:30 pm) & November 7th (9:00 am—5:30 pm); Ages 5-12

Explore the secrets of the forest and learn new forest life skills in this day and a half “mini” Forest Camp. We will play games, explore the forest, hone our observation skills, deepen our plant knowledge, and learn age-old navigational tools to help us find our way through the forest and through life. Our time together will culminate around the campfire, where we will share stories and celebrate our time together.

For those attending the Bioneers Conference: While we are offering this special program for children Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, please know that your children are welcome to participate fully in the Bioneers conference throughout the weekend, and that meals are available for purchase at half the cost of adults.

Note: the registration link for this event is shared with that of the Salish Sea Bioneers Conference. REGISTER NOW using the “Kid’s Registration” option on the Bioneers registration page.


Dave “Caveman” Friedman is a naturalist mentor, a member of the core team at Calyx Community Arts School, and the Founder and Director of Terra-Forma Education. Inspired by our earliest ancestors, Caveman believes in a deeply-connected, earth centered approach to education, nurtured by the wisdom of the elders, enlivened through stories and adventures, guided by children’s quest for meaning, and answering the earth’s call. After running eight weeks of summer camp in and around Seattle each summer, Caveman enjoys the pace of Whidbey Island during Calyx’s school-year program.

Iris Albert, naturalist mentor, was born and raised in the Ozarks. She moved to Seattle in 2008, and has since then received her Bachelors in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington. She has spent the last few years working with Terra-Forma Education guiding and mentoring youth in outdoors adventures. Iris loves off-season camping and hiking, and can’t get enough of the Pacific coast.


November 6, 2015
November 7, 2015