Wolverine Tracking Project Trainings
Training for new participants
Before taking part in the surveys on Mt Hood, new participants should attend a two-part training. Here we cover the basics of animal tracking, such as learning to recognize commonly seen track patterns and practicing the different gaits animals use for travel. The training also explains how to carry out the surveys, fill out data sheets, and makes sure everyone knows how to dress for snow.
The training consists of one classroom session and one field session. Classroom sessions are held on a weekday evening and, like all Cascadia Wild classes, are participatory and hands on. Field sessions are held on a weekend. For the field sessions, be prepared to be outside, off trail the entire time.
Choose one classroom and one field session. If you are new to tracking, it will be very helpful to attend the classroom session before the field session.
Classroom Session #1: Thursday, Nov 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Classroom Session #2: Wednesday, Nov 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Classroom Session #3: Tuesday, Nov 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Classroom Session #4: Monday, Nov 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Classroom Session #5: Tuesday, Nov 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Field Session #1: Saturday, Nov 4, 9am-noon
Field Session #2: Sunday, Nov 12, 9am-noon
Field Session #3: Saturday, Nov 18, 9am-noon
Field Session #4: Sunday, Nov 26, 9am-noon
Field Session #5: Saturday, Dec 2, 9am-noon
Classroom sessions: Cascadia Wild, 5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, inside Redeemer Lutheran Church. Located on the corner of NE Killingsworth and 20th.
Field sessions: Oxbow Park. Oxbow Park has a large, sandy floodplain where there are always lots of tracks to see. We will meet at the Flood Plain, the first parking lot on the left after you enter the park. There is a $5 parking fee at Oxbow Park. Informal carpools to Oxbow meet at the Cascadia Wild office. Be prepared to be outside and off-trail the entire time.
Cost is $65 for the two training sessions plus membership, which allows you to go on as many survey trips as you like. This is an excellent deal for a season's worth of tracking!
The first set of training sessions may also be taken as a stand alone class. The training provides you with an excellent introduction to animal tracking.
Work trade is also available for those in need; see our list of volunteer needs and contact us for more information.
You may also mail us a check or contact us to pay with cash.
Your spot will be reserved when we receive your payment.
Trainings are designed for adults and children over 13 years old. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Younger children may attend at the parent's discretion and under the parent's supervision. Kids under 13 are free, and between 13 and 17 are half price. Online registration is not available for children, please pay by check or cash.
Trip leader training
Ready for to dive into animal tracking? Learn more about our trip leader training program.