What you want
to ignite in others
must first burn within yourself
Charlotte Brontë
What you want to ignite in others
must first burn within yourself
Charlotte Brontë
Ignite Nature Connection offers outdoor education programs for Seattle's youth that focus on building earth-based skills to strengthen each student’s relationship with the natural world and empower them into their own interconnected aliveness.

We acknowledge that we reside on Coast Salish, Duwamish, Stillaguamish and Suquamish land. It is our sincerest intention to respect the rich history and culture of the people who have tended to this land in the past and present.
We are committed to offering opportunities for children in the Seattle area to experience Nature around them and the wild within them.
This is rewilding.

We believe empowered confidence in nature is the birthright of every human.
With a focus on community building, we encourage students to lean on each other and learn together in the natural world.

ProgramS

School Year Programs

Fish Hawk Spring Session 2024 ~ Thursdays at Carkeek Park

This is a weekly program designed for children to become immersed in a community who come together in the outdoors to build on the skills and practices of nature connection.

A collective environment which allows children to build community through shared experiences and deepen connection with earth and each other.

March 28th - May 30th Thursdays, 10:00AM - 2:00PM No class April 11th 9 weeks $860 / $700 sibling rate Monthly payment plans and scholarships available upon request. (Registration to this class is based on age and experience. If this is your first time registering for this class contact Bri at ignitenatureconnection@gmail.com prior to registration.)

Fish Hawk Spring Session 2024 ~ Thursdays at Carkeek Park

School Year Programs

Forest Day ~ Flagship Program ~ Spring Session 2024

This is a weekly program designed for children to become immersed in a community with their peers who come together each week to build on the skills and practices of nature connection.

A collective environment which allows children to form community through shared experiences and deepen connection with earth, self and each other.

March 27th - May 29th (no class April 10th) Wednesday 12:30pm-3:30pm Carnation, WA Tuition for 9 weeks: $540

Forest Day ~ Flagship Program ~ Spring Session 2024

Weekend Programs

Urban Conifers: March 10th, 2024

Urban Conifers offers an introduction to nature connection through wilderness survival skills and naturalist studies.  

Students will engage in learning techniques to safely use knives as tools, build fires, create shelters, identify wild plants, sneak through the forest, and more!

Sunday, March 10th, 10:00am-2:00pm Carkeek Park; Seattle, WA Ages 8-14; $80 per Sunday

Urban Conifers: March 10th, 2024

School Year Programs

Fish Hawk Spring Session 2024 ~ Wednesdays at Carkeek Park

This is a weekly program designed for children to become immersed in a community who come together in the outdoors to build on the skills and practices of nature connection.

A collective environment which allows children to build community through shared experiences and deepen connection with earth and each other.

March 27th - May 29th Wednesdays, 9:30AM - 11:30AM No class April 10th 9 weeks Ages 7 - 9 $430 / $380 sibling rate Monthly payment plans and scholarships available upon request.

Fish Hawk Spring Session 2024 ~ Wednesdays at Carkeek Park

School Year Programs

Fish Hawk Autumn Session 2023

This is a weekly program designed for children to become immersed in a community who come together in the outdoors to build on the skills and practices of nature connection.

A collective environment which allows children to build community through shared experiences and deepen connection with earth and each other.

Thursdays, 10:00am - 2:00pm September 21st - November 16th (no class October 19th) Carkeek Park. Seattle, WA Ages 8 - 13 Tuition: $770. Sibling tuition: $640

Fish Hawk Autumn Session 2023

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Fish Hawk Spring Session 2024 ~ Thursdays at Carkeek Park
School Year Programs
Forest Day ~ Flagship Program ~ Spring Session 2024
School Year Programs
Urban Conifers: March 10th, 2024
Weekend Programs
Fish Hawk Spring Session 2024 ~ Wednesdays at Carkeek Park
School Year Programs
Fish Hawk Autumn Session 2023
School Year Programs

Meet our Team

Briana “Bri” McFarland

Founder & Program Director
Bri is a Pacific Northwest native. She grew up picking huckleberries barefoot, climbing trees and catching frogs in the foothills of the Cascades.
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Dougie “Coal” Short

Instructor
Dougie was raised running wild in the Oxfordshire countryside, in the days before cell phones, and when there were only three channels on a black and white TV.
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Kyle Scheltheis

Guest Instructor
Kyle grew up near the Sierra Nevada's. His background includes military service followed by a new life pathway centered on nature connectedness. Kyle has graduated several intensive and skill-based wilderness programs over the years, and has much experience enjoying life off the grid in the PNW.
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Lainey “Aelin” Carroll

Guest Instructor
Lainey is a wild human who grew up wandering the woods, discovering the mysteries of nature, and learning about the earth.
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Brad Mrozinski

Guest Instructor
Brad grew up exploring the backwoods of southern Indiana. He has trained at Tom Brown Tracker School, Alderleaf Wilderness College, and Wilderness Awareness School. Brad is an expert in wilderness survival.
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Praise

Tears in my eyes and I am over the moon so happy that my children are with you on Wednesdays. We are all so happy!
Meagan F
Mother of Shyah (9) and Dax (7)
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My kids love Ignite Nature camps! Briana and her team are amazing at showing kids a love and respect for nature and the outdoors.
Lindsey G
Mother of Tomasin (10) and Finley (8)
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Keep a little fire burning,
no matter how small,
no matter how hidden.
Cormac McCarthy