Linne Doran: Duvall, WA
9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday; No food provided
2022 Dates TBD
Learn the art and science of wildlife tracking! Have you ever stepped over a track in the mud and wondered what animal made the print? By learning how to track wild animals, you will be able to pinpoint hotspots of where wildlife live. By becoming aware of wildlife that live in your backyard, forests will take on a different feel. The better tracker you are, the more likely you’ll be able to see wildlife. Tracking provides a new lens for viewing the wild (and urban) places that you frequent!
In this weekend course, you will learn the foundational tools to identify track and sign of wild animals. We’ll cover:
- Track and sign identification
- How to journal tracks effectively
- Animal Gaits
- Interpreting tracks from an ecological viewpoint
- How to find areas that are dense with wildlife
- And more!
Wilderness Awareness School has trained some of the finest trackers in the nation; several staff members and alumni have earned the highest certification on CyberTracker’s internationally recognized evaluations. Join us for a fantastic weekend of tracking with experienced instructors!
Class takes place on our 40-acre property outside of Duvall, WA as well as select locations in the area. It will go from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. No food provided. Participants will need to bring a lunch, snacks, and water for each day.
Please note that all classes at Wilderness Awareness School will require staff and participants to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and have a health check at the start of each day. With all of this, we’re still confident that these workshops will remain potent experiences that deliver new skills, enrich perspectives, and deepen a connection to the natural world around us.
Meet Your Instructor
Mark Kang O’Higgins has been a part of the Tracking Intensive since 2008. Over the last 10 years, he has been a teaching assistant, assistant instructor, and is now the Coordinator of the program. Mark is a Track and Sign Specialist as certified by CyberTracker International. Mark has a BA and MA in Sociology of Environment, a HDip in Science & Technology Studies and is a guest instructor with the The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School where he teaches about the art of seeing, drawing, and perspective in relation to wildlife tracking. Mark is a team leader on the Cascades Wildlife Monitoring Project. Mark also holds an MFA and works as a professional artist and runs the Atelier Program at the Gage Academy of Art. View his work at kangohiggins.com.