Wolverine Tracking Project Trainings
Before taking part in the surveys on Mt Hood, participants must 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 explains what to expect during the surveys, and makes sure everyone knows how to dress for the snow.
The training consists of one classroom session and one field session. If you are new to tracking, it will be very helpful to attend the classroom session before the field session. Choose one set of dates.
CLASSROOM SESSIONS: The classroom sessions are held on a weekday evening at the Metro Regional Center Building (click here for map), located at 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Like all Cascadia Wild classes, the classroom training is participatory and hand-on.
FIELD SESSIONS: The field sessions are held on a Saturday morning at Oxbow Park (click here for map). 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.
Classroom session I: Tuesday, Oct 30, 7-9pm
Classroom session II: Wednesday, Nov 7, 7-9pm
Classroom session III: Thursday, Nov 15, 7-9pm
Classroom session IV: Monday, Nov 26, 7-9pm
Field session I: Saturday, Nov 3, 9am-noon
Field session II: Sunday, Nov 11, 9am-noon
Field session III: Saturday, Nov 17, 9am-noon
Field session IV: Saturday Dec 1, 9am-noon
You are welcome to attend a training session again to brush up on your skills.
Trainings are designed for adults and children over 13 years old. Younger children may attend at the parent's discretion and under the parent's supervision. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.