Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center

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Programs - Fall/Winter 2013 to Spring/Summer 2014

Oct 12 & 13, 2013 (Saturday through Sunday): Tracking Weekend Fall Campout - Quabbin
Oct 26, 2013 (Saturday): A Day in Bear Country in the Berkshire Mountains
Nov 9, 2013(Saturday): Ecological Niches at Ice Glen - with Bob Leverett, the guru of old-growth trees
Nov 16, 2013 (Saturday): Stalking Skills in Autumn
Dec 14, 2013 (Saturday): Animals Preparing for Winter, with Alcott Smith - Green Mountains, Vermont
Jan 4, 2014 (Saturday): Stalking Skills in Winter
January 11, 2014 (Saturday): Family Intro to Animal Tracking - New Salem, Massachusetts
January 18, 2014 (Saturday): Tracking, Relearning an Ancient Art - New Salem, Massachusetts
January 25, 2014 (Saturday): Tracking Basics 1 - Orange, Massachusetts SORRY, THIS PROGRAM IS FULL - Waiting List Only.
February 1, 2014 (Saturday): Moonlight Snowshoe - Petersham, Massachusetts
Feb 1, 2014 (Saturday): Bobcats in Vermont, with Alcott Smith - Fairhaven, Vermont
Feb 8, 2014 (Saturday): Fishers and Porcupines - New Salem, Massachusetts
Feb 22, 2014 (Saturday): Predator Tracking - New Salem, Massachusetts SORRY, THIS PROGRAM IS FULL - Waiting List Only.
March 15, 2014 (Saturday): Tracking Basics 2 - Orange, Massachusetts ONLY TWO OPENINGS LEFT.
March 29, 2014 (Saturday): Beyond Tree I.D. with Bob Leverett - Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton, Massachusetts
April 5, 2014 (Saturday): Tracking Basics 3 - Orange, Massachusetts ONLY TWO OPENINGS LEFT.
April 12 & 13, 2014 (Saturday through Sunday): Track Patterns - Orange, Massachusetts
April 26, 2014 (Saturday): The Great North Woods - Pittsburg, New Hampshire
May 10, 2014 (Saturday): Birding by Ear and Eye, with John Green - Belchertown, Massachusetts
May 17, 2014 (Saturday): Tracking, The Finer Details, with Kent Hicks - Chesterfield, Massachusetts
May 24, 2014 (Saturday): Great Places with Bob Leverett - The Mohawk Indian Trail, Charlemont, Massachusetts
June 28 & 29, 2014 (Saturday through Sunday): Tracking Weekend Spring Campout - Quabbin
July & August, 2014 - Black Bear Research Project, Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut
Please note that all of the above programs are open-enrollment, for the general public. To book private programs, please contact us via email and/or phone: walnuthilltracking@verizon.net/978-544-6083



Walnut Hill Tracking & Center Yearly Membership (valid for one year): Contact us to subscribe: 978-544-6083
Level 1: $100 - entitles you to 2 one-day programs plus a 50% discount on all subsequent one-day programs.
Level 2: $250 - entitles you to attend all one-day programs.
Level 3: $500 - entitles you to attend all one-day programs, all multi-day programs, plus special unadvertised events.
Teacherís Discount:
All school teachers are eligible for a 50% discount on one-day programs taught by Nick & Valerie. We believe in education! Contact us to receive the discount: 978-544-6083

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Our goal is to share the excitement and wonder we experience in the natural world. The curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities for exploration. Our guest instructors are highly qualified, well-respected experts in their fields. They bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge to our programs.

Special Guest Teachers
Bob Leverett is the East's premier interpreter of old growth forests and is credited with discovering many of the previously unrecognized ancient sites here in the northeast. Bob's expertise is unparalled and his opinion is highly sought by professional forest experts, conservation organizations, and the general public. His encyclopedic knowledge of trees and the forest is matched only by his infectious enthusiasm. He has discovered many places of majestic beauty in his search for "the monarchs of the forest."
Alcott Smith is an ecologist of the highest caliber and conducts research and leads field trips for many conservation organizations in New England. From his childhood he has maintained a lifelong commitment and unwavering allegiance to the indigenous fauna of northern New England. Beyond an active role in the perpetuity of endangered species, he revels in sharing his passion with others and excels in his ability to bring to life the relationship between our wild fauna and its habitat.
Kent Hicks uses his tracking skills to assist local and state authorities and search and rescue teams in locating lost and missing persons. He has trained Royal Canadian Mounted Police, FBI agents and other law enforcement personnel. Kent's tracking knowledge of humans and animals is unexcelled. An "un-sung" talent, he is considered by many trackers to be the region's leading expert on aging of tracks and sign.
John Green is a reknowned naturalist and professional photographer. He has lived in Western Massachusetts for over thirty years and travels widely exploring and documenting nature with his awe-inspiring photography. We are honored to have him join our teaching staff!


"Ultimately, tracking an animal makes us sensitive to it-- a bond is formed,an intimacy develops.
We begin to realize that what is happening to the animals and to the planet is actually happening to us. We are all one.
Tracking and reading sign help us to learn not only about the animals that walk in the forest -- what they are doing and where they are going -- but also about ourselves.
For me, this interconnection
is survival knowledge and the true value of tracking an animal."

- Paul Rezendes, Tracking and the Art of Seeing

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