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 I: Tuesday, Oct 22, 7-9pm
Classroom session II: Wed, Nov 6, 7-9pm
Classroom session III: Monday, Nov 18, 7-9pm
Classroom session IV: Thursday, Dec 12, 7-9pm
Classroom session V: Thursday, Jan 9, 7-9pm
Field session I: Saturday, Oct 26, 9am-noon
Field session II: Sunday, Nov 10, 9am-noon
Field session III: Saturday, Nov 23, 9am-noon
Field session IV: Sunday, Dec 15, 9am-noon
Field session V: Saturday, Jan 11, 9am-noon
Training for data collection volunteers
When doing formal surveys, it is important that the survey protocol be followed accurately and thoroughly. Data survey volunteers are responsible for this aspect of the trip. In this 2-hour 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.
There is no charge for this training.
Choose one of the following training sessions:
Session 1: Wed, Oct 23, 6:30-8:30
Session 1: Tuesday, Nov 12, 6:30-8:30
Session 2: Monday, Dec 9, 6:30-8:30
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.
Classroom sessions: Metro Regional Center Building, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland.
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 two training sessions may also be take by themselves for $50. The training will provide 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.
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. 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. Kids under 13 are free, and between 13 and 17 are half price.