Upcoming Courses & Events:
Visit the Individuals & Private Groups Page for outdoor education, seasonal alignment and holistic health for individuals, private groups, corporate leadership training and homeschool classes for youth and young adults.
Create a personalized lifestyle design plan for winter by booking a holistic health & Rewilding coaching session with Jess Caldwell, Founder of Wildkind Academy.
Stinging Nettle: Our Spring Plant Ally
Forest Forage + Mindful Nature Engagement + Nettle Cookies & Recipes
With Instructor Wildkind Jess | Olympia Washington
Saturday April 27 | 10 AM to 2 PM | $65
18 and under are free with parent who enrolls. Wildkind Academy wants to support families who learn and play together in natureJess Caldwell founder of Wildkind Academy is thrilled to welcome you to a beautiful forest trail at Millersylvania State Park in Olympia to explore our spring plant ally, Urtica Dioica (stinging nettle). You will receive a Field Notes Plant Ally sheet to take a deep dive into edibility, medicinal uses and utilitarian function.
2024 Course Schedule
April 27 (Olympia Washington): Stinging Nettles: Our Spring Plant Ally. Forest Forage + Nature Engagement + Nettle Cookies & Recipes
April 28 (Olympia Washington): Wildkind MasterClass
November 23 (Olympia Washington) Wildcrafting Weekend: Wild Wreath Making, Dutch oven bread making over a fire and tea with Wildkind Jess & Northwest Natura (registration opens soon)
November 24 (Olympia Washington) Wildcrafting Weekend: Pine Needle Basket Making with dutch oven bread making over a fire and tea with Wildkind Jess & Northwest Natura (registration opens soon)
WE PARTNER WITH SOME OF THE BEST EDUCATORS AND PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIELD
"Working with Jess has been an absolute joy and a highly rewarding experience professionally. Her infectious positivity, unwavering motivation, and genuine kindness creates an uplifting atmosphere for students. Her empathetic and caring nature makes her an incredible teammate, coach and instructor. As the Founder of The Survival University in Colorado, it has been a joy to partner and collaborate for outdoor education courses together including wilderness survival, outdoor adventure backpacking and executive leadership training"
~ Jason Marsteiner | The Survival University
"I have enjoyed working with Jess and Wildkind Academy. Jess’ energy and enthusiasm behind her mission are uplifting and contagious. Our first partnership was our shellfish Foraging course. She took great care to make sure all the participants were in good hands. I appreciate her drive, attention to detail, and follow-through and look forward to working together on more of our hunting and gathering courses."
~ Bruce McGlenn | Human Nature Hunting
Cancellations, Refunds, Transfer of Courses/Events:
Since our courses require planning, materials, location fees, guest instructor fees and spots are limited, we do not offer refunds unless you can communicate with us at least 10 days in advance, prior to the event/course you purchased. You are welcome to find someone else to attend on your behalf who can purchase the course directly from you if you are within the 10 days. For retreats or courses that are 5 days in duration or more, we require a communication of at least 30 days in advance. As an alternative to cancelling, you may transfer funds as a credit towards other classes for up to 1 year by calling or emailing and asking to transfer the money you paid towards another scheduled course/event. It is not guaranteed that the original purchased class type will be available and by rescheduling, you accept this risk.
For guest instructor classes, refunds will not be given unless you contact us within 10 days of purchasing the course. Their classes are infrequent and limited, and we pay guest instructors in advance, therefore you are paying to hold your spot for their classes. If you are unable to attend once you have paid, you will either have to find another person to attend in your place or you forfeit your purchase. If you find another person to attend, please contact us so that we can change the class roster.
Refund or cancellation requests the day before a scheduled course will forfeit the purchase of your class unless you can find someone to take your spot. Contact us to inquire about a credit for a future course/event and this would be at the discretion of Wildkind Academy. No-shows forfeit their entire class amount and no refund or credit will be issued unless a valid reason is given, again at the discretion of Wildkind Academy. Failure to show up at a course/event or leaving early from a course/event will not warrant a refund or credit. A 30% fee on any cancellations will apply.
On a rare occasion due to circumstances beyond the control of Wildkind Academy, it may be necessary for a course or event to be canceled. If an event/course is cancelled or rescheduled, a full refund will be offered along with the opportunity of a credit for a future event (to be used within 2 years)