Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center

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Four Day Tracking Intensive

Friday, November 10 through Monday, November 13, 2017

Sessions run from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day outside in the field.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in animal tracking, whether you consider yourself an amateur or a professional, beginner or advanced, specialist or generalist, tracker or naturalist. Perhaps you are pursuing a degree in conservation biology, environmental education, or other field of nature study. Maybe you are specifically interested in the role of mammals in the environment and wish to gain a better understanding. Or perhaps you simply have a love of nature and possess an insatiable desire to learn. For these and innumerable other reasons, this course will help you expand and deepen your connection with the natural world around you. The only requirements are a sense of wonder and curiosity.

The program is four days out in the field exploring various habitats and examining animal sign in order to gain a deeper understanding of and /appreciation for the complex interrelationships in the natural world; some call this "deep ecology." We will focus on areas with porcupines, deer, moose, fisher, northeastern coyotes (coy-wolves) and bobcat, but will not limit ourselves to understanding those animals, but will use their lives as entries into their realms. Immersion in the forest is more important than ever, and can help us explore our place(s) in the world. We will also spend some time analyzing animal track patterns, if that is an interest of the group. Understanding how animals move can help shed life on their behavior, and gives us an opportunity to "walk in their steps." If there is a great demand for this among participants, we will spend more time on it, if not, we'll spend less time on it.

Participants will be provided with a variety of written material on various topics covered during the course. Students are expected to be in good physical condition and be willing and able to bushwhack, as field sessions will sometimes be held in challenging conditions such as swamps or heavy underbrush, and long distances will occasionally be traversed. Photography will be permitted, as long as it does not detract from the focus at hand, and as long as it does not delay the group when the instructor indicates it is time to move to another location. Be ready to get dirty and wet - that's part of the fun! Bring a sense of humor and a desire to learn.

Fee: $300/person

To register for this class using a credit card:

Fall Tracking Intensive Nov 10-13 2017

If you prefer to register for this class by mailing a check, please go here: Registration

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Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center
325 Walnut Hill Rd, Orange MA 01364Phone: 978-544-6083
E-mail: walnuthilltracking@verizon.net