Wildlife Tracking Intensive Program
The animal tracking intensive program is designed to provide in-depth tracking instruction for both beginning and advanced trackers alike. Throughout this course we will cover the science and arts of tracking:
We will meet one day a month for eight months, for a full day of tracking in the field, plus an evening lecture. Journaling and reading assignments between classes will help reinforce the lessons learned. The tracking intensive program provides the quickest and most efficient way to become a proficient tracker, teaching not only important technical tracking skills, but improving your ability to read the landscape and helping you develop a sense of place in the natural world.
Class locations are within 1 1/2 hours from Portland, chosen to cover as wide a range of habitats as possible. We will be tracking on the Columbia River floodplain, alpine areas on Mt Hood, and everything in between.
2017-18 Class dates (note update in August):
Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, Apr 28-9, May 19
The Tracking Intensive is designed to help participants pass the The North American CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System, a professional evaluation designed to establish reliable, standardized wildlife tracking skills for biologists, citizen scientists, environmental educators, or a regular citizens interested in the world around them.
Basic, intermediate, and advanced paths:
Several options exist to allow the program to fit into your personal schedule. The program is designed to include reading and journaling assignments between classes to reinforce what was learned. Homework will be reviewed by instructors to provide helpful feedback on your progress. The basic option, however, allows busy people the chance to attend classes without the extra homework. The advanced path is the most time-intensive path and involves an additional independent study project on an aspect of tracking of your choice. If you have the time, we highly encourage this path, as will give you the most in-depth tracking experience; however, we realize it is not possible for everyone.
Cost for 8 full days of instruction plus out-of-class support is only $800. Discounts are available for Cascadia Wild volunteers, please contact us for more information.
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