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 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. 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: Tuesday, Nov 1, 6:30-8:30pm
Classroom Session #2: Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Classroom Session #3: Wednesday, Nov 16, 6:30-8:30pm
Classroom Session #4: Wednesday, Nov 30, 6:30-8:30pm
Field Session #1: Sunday, Nov 6, 9am-noon
Field Session #2: Sunday, Nov 13, 9am-noon
Field Session #3: Saturday, Nov 19, 9am-noon
Field Session #4: Saturday, Dec 3, 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. More information and registration.
Work trade is also available for those in need; see our list of volunteer needs and contact us for more information.
Or contact us to pay by check or 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.
Training for Data Collection Volunteers
In addition to helping as a regular volunteer, we also need some people to take on additional responsibility during the trips and help as a data collection volunteer. When doing formal surveys, it is important that the survey protocol be followed accurately and thoroughly. Data collection volunteers are responsible for this aspect of the trip. In this training, we will review the survey protocol, data forms, and instructions sheets, to make sure you understand how the survey works. No previous experience in collecting data is needed, only an ability to pay attention to detail. This training is only for those who wish to help out with this role.
There is no charge for this training.
Choose one of the following training sessions:
Session 1: Thursday, Nov 17
Session 2: Tuesday, Dec 6
Location: Cascadia Wild, 5431 NE 20th Ave
To sign up as a data collection volunteer, you must also attend the new participant training. The new participant training gives you the background in tracking that you will need to participate in the survey trips, in any role.
Trip leader training
Ready for to dive into animal tracking? Learn more about our trip leader training program.