Fun with Tracks
An introduction to Identifying and Interpreting Wildlife Tracks
A socially distanced, fully outdoor, immersive experience – learn and have funlearn about our Covid-19 measures for courses & worshops
Instructor: Joseph Litke
This 1 to 2-hour outdoor Fun with Tracks workshop is designed to inspire and spark curiosity and is suitable for anyone aged 12 years old and up who has ever found themselves curious about tracks. It is ideal as an extra-curricular class activity, as part of youth organization programming such as that of Scouts, Jr. Forest Wardens, Boys & Girls Clubs, and 4H. You might even try it as a team building corporate activity.
***Unfortunately we aren’t able to accept registrations for individuals under age 18 at this time due to Covid-19***
Duration: Fun with Tracks is ~1 to 2-hours of outdoor learning and activities aimed at inspiring curiosity about the wildlife around us through interpretation of tracks.
Prerequisites: None. Just come with an open mind and a healthy dose of curiosity.
Preparation: Fun with Tracks is 2-hours of all-weather outside learning, and may be scheduled for any time of year. Come prepared with appropriate footwear for the conditions, and clothes for all manner of weather. Bouts of inactivity during instruction are likely to occur, as well as short bouts of hiking. We will mostly stick to the trails, but may need to step off and in to the woods from time to time to chase down our curiosity. Come prepared.
Scheduled Courses, Locations, & Registration: Consult our Tracking Course Schedule for scheduled course dates, locations, and a link to registration.
Edmonton Courses: When offered in the Edmonton region, Fun with Tracks will be held at Whitemud Park or Mill Creek Ravine Park, right in Edmonton (to be confirmed on an event by event basis).
Fees for scheduled courses: $25 per participant, 8-participant minimum (up to 12). ***Due to social distancing measures related to the current pandemic and risk of contagion, maximum number of participants is capped at 8.***
Custom Courses: Custom, on-location Fun with Tracks courses are available by request at any time of year. Help selecting a suitable location in your area is appreciated. This offering is perfect for outdoor clubs, and nature groups, and as a corporate team building event. Learn more.
Outcomes: by the end of Fun with Tracks, participants should:
- recognize a track when they see one
- have a basic understanding of some key tracking terms
- have a better idea of how trackers assess the age of tracks
- have seen and learned about a variety of wildlife tracks, track patterns, and gaits
- recognize basic track shapes and features useful for track identification
- understand the importance of knowledge and awareness of behaviour, habitat, season, time of day, and the environment in wildlife tracking and continued improvement
- have knowledge of where the best places to look for tracks are
- have some basic knowledge of how to tell tracks apart
- know what questions to ask when investigating a track or other animal sign
- be totally jazzed about tracks and find it difficult to stop looking at the ground
Other Tracking Courses and Workshops
Snow Tracking for Professionals: This Snow-tracking for Professionals course is focussed on building track identification skills to identify winter-occurring wildlife tracks and sign accurately and efficiently. Ideal for ecology students, wildlife researchers, and environmental consultants with some tracking knowledge or experience. Perfect as a pre-season primer for your snow-tracking project crew. This course consists of one full day of classroom work, followed by a day of practical learning in the field. Learn more.
Snow Tracking Field Essentials: This worksop consists of a single field-based day of learning and practice. It’s open to anyone, but is ideal for ecology students, wildlife researchers, and environmental consultants with some tracking knowledge or experience. Perfect as a pre season primer for your snow-tracking project crew. Learn more.
A Day in the Wilderness with a Tracker: This worksop consists of a single field-based day of learning and practice. The pages and pictures in your favourite field guides are a wealth of information, but nothing compares to a walk in the woods with a knowledgeable teacher. Spend the day with a small group of like-minded nature-curious individuals on a day hike in a local wilderness park or natural area. When we see something interesting, we will stop, watch, investigate, and learn together. Learn the key questions to ask while viewing wildlife or encountering wildlife tracks and sign. Nature will set the syllabus, and learning will only be limited by the endurance of our curiosity (and the available daylight). This workshop can be conducted at any time of year, though the focus and curriculum may change from season to season. Learn more.
A Stroll in the Park with a Tracker: This is a 3 to 4-hour walking workshop, and is the shorter/tamer version of our Day in the Wilderness with a Tracker workshop. It will consist of a half day stroll in an easily accessible area talking about wildlife tracks and signs. Its a perfect entry level tracking workshop for beginners or individuals looking for a shorter day in an easily accessed and less rugged area. Learn more.