MISSION AND VISION
Nighthawk Naturalist School's mission is to provide quality, immersive wilderness education to all.
We strive to make education, wilderness skills, and nature connection accessible to the public through immersive, multi-age educational programming. We encourage community through education among our students and our staff. Connection to the natural world is at the core of everything we teach. We seek to provide a higher standard of nature education that provides holistic ecological literacy. We believe that learning and practicing hard wilderness skills with community provides an immersive experience that has the ability to inspire and transform people. We value our staff and are committed to their wellbeing, and appreciate their commitment to environmental education, science, wilderness skills, and well-rounded knowledge of global human history.
We are an LLC partnership, Veteran and Woman-owned business. We formed in the fall of 2019, as a group of seasoned wilderness and ecological science educators and nature school administrators who seek to share their passion for this important set of knowledge and skills in a different way.
We started our project by offering small adult wilderness survival classes prior to the Historical 2020 COVID-19 shutdown. We relaunched programs for kids and adults beginning September 2020! Our programs are currently run on public land, under Special Use Permits, and sometimes on Private Land. Please see more about those programs here.
FRIENDS IN OUTDOOR EDUCATION
We believe that work in environmental ed, outdoor ed, and nature connection is best performed on a small business or small nonprofit scale. We also believe that this work should exist in partnership with other organizations, rather than in competition. The best way to make real change is by having a variety and multitude of small organizations in many places, in order to meet the world--in all its diversity of thought and interest--where it is at. In accordance with this, here are some friends and recommended education organizations in this field:
RAVEN'S ROOTS NATURALIST SCHOOL
Education in Permaculture, Ethnobotany, Naturalist and Survival Skills. Learn more about them and their programs here.
THOMAS J ELPEL
Elpel is a writer and naturalist whose works we highly recommend. Visit his web portal here.
Hollowtop Web Portal
Wilderness Survival Skills in NW Washington. Workshops and custom courses. Visit Ryan's Website Here
Bend Supply Depot
Nighthawk began its partnership with the Supply Depot in 2022. The Supply Depot is Bend's source for affordable outdoor, tactical, and survival gear. Nighthawk and the Supply Depot collaborate on Skill shares, educational videos, merchandise, and programming. Visit their website or their store and check them out! supplydepotbend.com
Donations made here will go towards student subsidies. Help someone to be able to attend a Camp, a Homeschool session, or an Adult Immersion program. Donations are not tax deductible.
Questions for us?
See our individual programs' pages for more details! Links above and in the dropdown menus. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or ideas! We'd love to hear from you if you're wondering about courses or are curious for more information. Fill out the form or contact the number below and one of our instructors will get back to you ASAP!