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Forest Educator Training

A Live Online Course Starting July 11, 2024


Learn the Skills of Transformation

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' 

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Who is this for?

  • Classroom Teachers

  • After School Group Leaders

  • Homeschool Program Educators

  • Naturalists

  • Environmental 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.

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What will you learn?



Forest Curriculum & Planning

Program Environment & Safety

Lesson Planning & Daily Rhythm

Program & Activity Assessment

Staff Training Strategies

Age Appropriate Activities

Rites of Passage & Transformation

Nature Program Marketing Strategies

The Hawk Circle Program 'Recipe' 

and more.

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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

(Video & PDF or Audio Resources)



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

(Video & PDF or Audio 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 

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Program Format

◊  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

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"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."

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Cory Stevens | Founder/Director | Paleo Play Forest Skills For Kids | Alberta, Canada

Ricardo Sierra

     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."

Ricardo Sierra

Hawk Circle Wilderness Education Director

Course Dates Summer 2024
July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
(Each Live Session run on
Thursdays 7-8:30 pm Eastern Time)
All Sessions are Recorded.   
This program includes two additional 'Ask Me Anything' sessions, TBA during the program.

◊  Click the green box to register!


◊  Participants get Lifetime Access to Course curriculum and online sessions in future classes

  • What are some of the benefits of adding Forest Education Curriculum to my program?
    Students often display a greater capacity for creativity, problem solving, team building, cooperation, focus and enthusiasm through developing their connection to nature. The exact 'results' depend on the length and quality of the program, as well as the content shared and the goals of the program. We cover how to get these results in your own program through design, activity content and your own goals and objectives in this program.
  • What is the format of each live session?
    Great question! Each session includes at least two 'Skill Spotlights', ample Q & A, Program Worksheets, and an Extended Participant Consulting period that allows participants to get detailed insight on any topic related to creating a Forest experience for their students. Here's how the schedule is set up: 1. Welcome/Introduction/Session Outline 2. Spotlight on a SpecificTopic (Program Goals, Assessment, Safety, etc) 3. Short Question/Answer 4. Spotlight on a Specific Activity (Worksheets, Craft or Skill) 5. Short Question/Answer 6. Individual Participant Support and Consulting 7. Preview of next week's Session Topics. Note: It's possible that the session may adapt or change if it's determined to be more helpful to participant needs. The goal is to educate and assist, not overwhelm! Some sessions may spotlight several more topics if they are short in nature and more quickly covered.
  • How can I get the most out of this program?
    The best way to get the full value of this program is to take some time to determine what questions you have about Forest Education and your own program and send them in via email or Facebook/Instagram Direct Message, so Ricardo can build each session out with your needs in mind. Also, think about your program from the perspective of your administrative team (if you have one), your peers or support team (if you have one), your students, and your student's parents, and include any questions you think THEY might have about what you are creating/planning. Attend each session and send in any thoughts, feedback or questions the day before so you can be sure Ricardo will know what you need for that session. Stay active in the Private Facebook Group so you can get to know some of the other participants and have a place to go after the program to get more questions or advice moving forward.
  • Is this course for beginners?
    Yes, this course is designed for any educators or youth leaders who are wanting to add more nature activities, crafts and skills to their programs with students. Having previous or current education experience is beneficial but not absolutely necessary. You do not need to have extensive wilderness or naturalist training to begin using this curriculum to enhance your program.
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