Sunday, March 29, 2020

All Locations for Parents

By Molly Deis, Founder

We’ve come a long way since our first eclectic location directly across from Oaks Bottom Park. I often have conversations with many parents who don’t realize there’s a Trackers in their neighborhood. They get really excited when I tell them. So I wanted to review all our pick-up and drop-off options for Portland Area and beyond!


SE Portland

4617 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR
This is Trackers Central, where you will find the most camp offerings. It also includes our nearby Annex.

Portland Waldorf School

2300 SE Harrison St Milwaukie, OR
We’re excited to offer camps at PWS to all families of the Milwaukie and beyond. Pro-tip to parents, parking is great here!

NE Portland

2727 NE 54th Ave. Portland, OR
Based out of St. Rose of Lima school, our NE Portland camps are in their 6th year with one of our fullest camp offerings.

N Portland

4822 N Vancouver Ave Portland, OR
New this year! And just off Williams Avenue, this site is a convenient option for many families in North Portland.

Cedar Hills

330 SW Murray Blvd Beaverton, OR
Right near the Nike Campus and only 1 minute from the Sunset Hwy, our new Cedar Hills site has proven very popular.

W Portland

5656 SW Humphrey Blvd Portland, OR
Close to our original W Portland site, this is more convenient for parents near both Schools Ferry Rd and the Sunset Hwy.

Happy Valley

16581 SE Hagen Rd Happy Valley, OR
Located at Pendarvis Farm, not too far from New Seasons in Happy Valley and site of the famous Pickathon festival.

Vancouver

10606 NE 14th St Vancouver, WA
You can find us at the Cascadia Montessori School. This is our 2nd year in this welcoming community.

Sandy

41515 SE Thomas Rd Sandy, OR
Day Camps are now available to families in Sandy. Now I drop my own kids off with a much shorter commute!

Overnight – Camp Roslyn

Thomas Rd Sandy, OR
Our new overnight site includes a newly remodeled historic school with a full-fledged dining hall.

Overnight Basecamp

Marmot Rd, Sandy, OR
Camp Trackers, our original residential site, is now our Basecamp for adventures in climbing, kayaking and more.

Overnight Expeditions

Adventures in the Pacific NW
Expeditions travel the Pacific Northwest. We visit the San Juan Islands, Oregon Coast and even backpack the Cascades.


I hope this review is helpful in knowing all our Portland sites. Also, don’t forget, Trackers has been in the Bay Area since 2008 and this year you can also find us in Denver and the Seattle area.

See You In The Forest,

Molly Deis
Trackers Earth
Founder & Mom

Help Us Connect With Families!

You likely heard the news. For Summer 2020 Trackers is going beyond the Bay Area and Portland. We now offer camps in Seattle and Denver! Everyone here is excited to bring a deep connection to nature, community and many generations beyond our lifetime to more kids and their families.

How we connect at Trackers is unique—it is more than simply a visit to the woods. It is a profound relationship that empowers children in every aspect of their life. Nature becomes a friend who is always there. Allow me to illustrate this with a simple story.

Mystery Feather

A long, long time ago, Before Trackers (circa 6 BT), I was a seasonal outdoor educator. It was a Saturday—one of my few days off in the summer. Most of my time, day and night, was spent teaching in the forest. Coming back to the city was a culture shock.

I was tired, mulling over a hard week of camp (that happens) and trying to balance my personal checkbook.* I resented being back in the city where everything was more complicated. Walking with my head down I noticed a swath of light feathers lying on the sidewalk. My Trackers brain kicked in. Pulling out my pocket journal I drew a map of the whole area, noting buildings, curbs, rose bushes, trees, people sipping coffee outdoors, and flocks of pigeons mulling about.

Then I narrowed in on where I stood. How was the track and sign strewn across the landscape? While drawing it, I found the feathers had fallen into a pattern. The lightest feathers scattered in a concentric ring further South/Southeast along the sidewalk. The feathers on the street were pushed into the curb by passing cars.

The heavier feathers did not float as far, but still followed the same flow. I tracked the Wind That Once Was, walking only 12 paces North/Northwest to find the heaviest clump of a partial wing just below the Stumptown Coffee sign, where a hawk had temporarily rested in the early dawn with her fresh kill.

Looking up again, I sighted the nearest trees one could fly to and walked West towards them. Three blocks away, in the middle of the street, I found the rest of our pigeon prey, flat like a pancake from the morning traffic. “Why did she drop it?” I asked myself and was immediately answered by the caws coming from a nearby maple tree. The Hawk would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those Meddling Crows!

Later that afternoon, my hypothesis was confirmed by a friend who lived in the neighborhood. Without knowing about my Tracking Adventure, he relayed seeing several crows mobbing a hawk very early that morning—just over where I found the remains of our Pigeon Friend.

Nature Awareness & Connection

This little quest got me out of my head and back into my senses. I opened up the wilderness in the middle of the city. We hope to share that unique form of nature adventure with more families in many other urban areas. No matter where kids live, we want them to see through the eyes of a Tracker. It gets them through challenging days and gives them a superpower to see what most modern people do not. We want to help share a deeper connection to and awareness of community, nature and many generations beyond our lifetime.

Please help us connect. Share the news with friends and family from Seattle and Denver who you feel can benefit by learning and growing with Trackers. Also, we are looking for ideas for activities and local sites to run programming, along with parents interested in becoming ambassadors for our programs in their area. Who knows, Trackers Pittsburgh?

Reply to this email to contact Molly, our Founder, directly. We will both be personally responding.

Keep on Tracking,

Tony Deis
Trackers Earth
Founder & Dad

Trackers Earth summer camps are like nothing else in the known universe. Explore all our 2019 summer camp themes: Wilderness Survival, Farming, Fishing, Archery, Wizards, Ninjas, Secret Agents, Blacksmithing, Rock Climbing, Biking & more!

Next week we’re releasing Portland Summer Camps for 2019! That’s also when our Super Early Discount begins, where parents can save up to 15% off registration. In anticipation of the launch, I want to share a couple summer surprises with our families.

Vancouver, Cedar Hills, Happy Valley, Oh my! We’re offering several new locations, including an additional site in West Portland (Cedar Hills) and one in Vancouver (so many parents have asked). Also by popular request, our Happy Valley site moves further north. Plus, watch out for our bonus satellite site near the Mt. Tabor area.

Climb, Bike, Hike & Paddle We’re expanding our Trackers Outdoor Adventure programs, offering kayaking and climbing to younger, as well as older, campers. Our new water adventures now include kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes. Meanwhile, younger kids can learn to ride a bike, while tweens and teens mountain bike the awesome trails of the Pacific Northwest.

And Don’t Forget All our classic themes are back, from Survivor Games to Realms of Cascadia. This includes new versions like Ninja Parkour Warrior, a camp that combines martial arts with forest free-running (Grade 4-5), along with a Jr Survival Adventure (Grade PreK-K)!

Finally Every Trackers Summer Camp now comes with a free camp T-Shirt, morning snack, and a coupon book featuring local businesses we’ve partnered with!

Oh, and did I mention Sew, Craft & Design camps? Really, I can’t fit all the exciting new options into one blog. So keep an eye out for future updates featuring the next evolution of Trackers Camps.

See you in the woods,

Molly Deis
Trackers Earth
Founder & Mom

We can’t believe it’s already July! Between firing countless arrows, going fishing and catching some almost as tall as us, starting campfires together, picking wild red huckleberries, brushing a friendly goat, and so much more, June went by too fast! Check out our favorite Summer Camp photos in the gallery below.

At Trackers Earth, our mission is to get your kids into nature by meeting at convenient locations close to you, then transporting kids into the best parks and green spaces.

This year we have added one new location, and return to three more of our old favorites! Plus, after camp is now available in all our satellite sites. Read on to learn more about our Summer 2018 Drop-Off sites.

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We can’t believe it’s already over! It feels like Trackers’ 2017 Winter Break Camps went by too fast. Between firing flaming arrows, conducting (almost) on-key sing-a-longs, roasting marshmallows on a huge bonfire, eating an enormous mountain of waffles, bustin’-a-move in a monstrous dance-off, embarking on a snowshoeing adventure, and so much more, we’re already looking forward to next year. Check out our favorite photos in the gallery below. Watch our Here We Go A-Waffling and Dance-Off videos to see what just might be our best winter break ever!