Wolverine Tracking Project Survey Trips
After all of the trainings are completed, the survey trips to the Mt Hood National Forest begin.
Survey trips take place mid-December through March. Trips are led by two experienced winter trackers, so that you can experience the outdoors and further your understanding of nature in a safe group environment. To provide an optimal learning environment and fun group size, trips are limited to 10 people, including the two experienced trip leaders. Participants may sign up for as many or as few trips as they want. Most trips are day long excursions that leave at 8 AM, and return in the evening. We aim to be back in Portland by 7 pm at the latest. In addition, there are a few snow camping trips each year. There are usually between 15 to 20 survey trips each winter, most of which happen on a weekend, the majority on a Saturday. Since tracking is very dependent on good snow conditions, trip location is not determined until the week of the trip. The curriculum is variable, depending on participant's skill level and needs and what we find on trips, though tracking basics will always be reviewed. After you sign up for a trip, your trip leader will contact you earlier in the week with details. Trip leaders reserve the right to cancel trips in the case of unusually bad tracking conditions or dangerous winter storms.
Before you can sign up for a trip, you must register to be part of the project. Trip sign ups will start in December, after all of the trainings are completed. Participants must sign up to reserve a spot for each trip they wish to attend. More information on how to sign up for a trip will be given at the training. If you can no longer attend a trip you are signed up for, please let us know as soon as possible, since others may be waiting for your spot.