Welcome to the Conservation College

After more than 20 years of running Wolf Camp and the Conservation College as a sole proprietorship, founder Chris Chisholm and co-owner Kim McKillip Chisholm have started the transition of the organization into a non-profit. Last year, Chris and Kim released the “Conservation College” name to a group of Wolf Camp parents who filed Articles of Incorporation as a non-profit organization, elected board members, and started to build a new future for Wolf Camp.

The initial goal of the Conservation College is to take over the reigns of Wolf Camp, and then expand the organization into an accredited technical school offering degree programs to all ages of student throughout the year. Similar to transitions made by founders of other summer camps over the past century, the hope is for this unique earth skills educational enterprise to last in perpetuity.

The Conservation College is now looking for additional board members who want to take its mission into the future. Gain useful skills while sharing your talents! We are looking for board members who want to take Wolf Camp into the future, keeping the next generation in touch with a healthy life outdoors. Time commitment is estimated to be 8 hours per month including board meetings, committee meetings, trainings and event preparation. Onsite childcare will be made available with Wolf Camp staff.

After taking over Wolf Camp, the board will decide whether to expand into running academic year programs like homeschool and afterschool classes, evening and weekend workshops, or college degree programs. Departments could include Cultural Conservation (traditional craftwork and wilderness skills), Plant Conservation (ethnobotany – use of wild edible and medicinal plants), Wildlife Conservation (tracking the animal kingdom) and other departments. For background, please click on the following links:

If you can’t join the board but want to support our work, become a founding member of the new Conservation College by donating with the PayPal button below, or send a check donation to the Conservation College, PO Box 2872, Issaquah WA 98027. Membership benefits include the right to elect board members, and make advisory votes during annual meetings, among other benefits. Thank you!