A Live Online Course Starting September 14th, 2023
Becoming a Forest Educator
Whether you are an experienced educator with decades on the front lines or a first year summer camp counselor, this program will help you design and create powerful, transformative experiences for your students.
Each live session features a spotlight on aspects of Forest Education, with attention given to how it applies to your unique needs as an educator, in your own educational setting such as a classroom, field program, museum or public park.
We make time for your specific questions during each session, and share a recording for repeated listening/watching.
The course is augmented with pre-recorded skills videos, worksheets, gear lists, audio stories and other content relevant to being a 'Forest Educator'
Who is this for?
After School Group Leaders
Homeschool Program Educators
Summer Camp Program Directors & Counselors
Nature Day Camp Leaders
Museum Program Facilitators
Boy/Girl Scout Troop Leaders
Forest School Staff & Educators
Nature Art Workshop Leaders
Educational Daycare Providers and anyone who works with youth.
What will you learn?
Forest Curriculum & Planning
Program Environment & Safety
Lesson Planning & Daily Rhythm
Program & Activity Assessment
Support Staff Training
Age Appropriate Activities
Program Adaptation & Adjustment
Communication with Admin/Parents
The Hawk Circle Program 'Recipe'
Forest Skills and Activities
Leading Skills Challenges & Games
Tracks & Sign- Ten Step Exercise, Animal Studies & Follow the Leader
Nature Awareness, Movement & Sensory Exercises
The Value of Practical Life Skills
Birds, Plants, Trees and Weather Study & more
Nature Crafts & Handwork
Ancient Tools for Modern Youth
Seasonal Gathering & Materials Prep
Stone Tools & Digging Sticks
Gifts of the Trees- Woven Willow Trays
Woodcraft Basics- Wooden Pendants
Leathercraft- Making Deerskin Pouches
Natural Fibers- Cordage & String Skills
Economical Craft Supplies Resources
"Every part of this course is designed with one goal: To be powerfully USEFUL to you, the educator, and your organization, and your students. Every effort will be made to give you tools that builds confidence and inspires you to bring a unique experience to your children, teens or adults."
- Ricardo Sierra
◊ Six 90 Minute Zoom Sessions
(Each session is recorded and has 30 minutes of question & answer format for individual mentoring)
◊ Pre-Recorded Skills & Crafts Videos
◊ PDF Worksheets, Assessments & Materials Resources
◊ Private Facebook Group for Continuing Support After the Program
◊ Audio Stories to Inspire Your Storytelling
◊ Private Support/Consultation Available at discounted rates for participants
"Ricardo helped us grow our North Wind Wilderness Program from a cool idea to a functional and running business. Our classes are in demand, and we are doing more of them. The tools that were delivered to us during our program have been absolutely invaluable!"
Blake Southard | Founder | Northwind Wilderness Program | Minnesota
"Working with Ricardo is one of the most inspiring and instructive experiences I have ever done. To say that he puts out 110% while mentoring is an understatement. His passion to share his experience and knowledge is so contagious that you leave each session bursting with enthusiasm, hope, ideas and plans. If you get stuck in your process, Ricardo is always available to help you through to the next step. This personal attention is worth it's weight in gold."
Cory Stevens | Founder/Director | Paleo Play Forest Skills For Kids | Alberta, Canada
The Forest Educator programs are where I am sharing the formula or 'recipe' we have used at Hawk Circle for over 33 years, to achieve powerful results for children, teens & adults. This formula works because it follows the natural patterns of our ancestor's connection with the natural world for hundrends of thousands of years. It offers tools for transformation, mental health, creativity and leadership, all things that educators everywhere can use right now."