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A Stroll in the Park with a Tracker

A socially distanced, fully outdoor, immersive experience – show up, get tracking

learn about our COVID-19 measures for courses and workshops

Instructor: Joseph Litke

This is a 3 to 4-hour Stroll in the Park with a Tracker, and is the shorter version of our Day in the Wilderness with a Tracker workshop. Its a half day stroll in an easily accessible area talking about wildlife tracks and signs. This is a perfect entry level tracking workshop for beginner trackers or individuals looking for a shorter day in an easily accessed and less rugged area.

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 a half day with a small group of like-minded nature-curious individuals on a walk at a local park. 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 we will keep investigating and learning until we run out of time. This walking workshop can be conducted at any time of year, though the focus and curriculum may change from season to season. Come take a Stroll in the Park with a Tracker.

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Rock Pigeon Track

Duration: 1/2-day (~3 to 4 hours of outdoor learning)

Prerequisites: None. These Stroll in the Park with a Tracker outings are meant to be welcoming to the beginner tracker. Participants should be fit enough to spend a few hours strolling along an established path in outdoor conditions.

Preparation: This course will be comprised of a short day outside, 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. In summer the best tracks are often found in mud, keep this in mind when choosing footwear.

Scheduled Courses & Locations: Consult our Tracking Course Schedule for scheduled course dates and locations.

Edmonton Courses: When offered in the Edmonton region, field portions of this course are often held at Whitemud Park right in Edmonton (to be confirmed on a course by course basis).

Fees for scheduled courses: $50 per participant, 8-participant minimum

Custom Courses: Custom, on-location Stroll in the Park with a Tracker workshops 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. Learn more.

Outcomes: by the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • have an introductory understanding of how deductive reasoning is used to help identify tracks
  • be aware of some of the pitfalls inherent from learning only from field-guides
  • have an introductory understanding of how trackers assess the age of tracks
  • have exposure to a variety of wildlife tracks
  • have reviewed basic track morphology for different groups of animals
  • have learned techniques for documenting tracks, including taking photographs
  • understand the importance of broader ecological knowledge and awareness of habitat, season, time of day, and the environment in wildlife tracking and continued improvement
  • be aware of the influence of substrate on track appearance

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.

Fun with Tracks: This 1 to 2-hour walking workshop is designed to inspire and spark curiosity and is suitable for kids and adults from 12 years old and up who want to learn about tracks. It’s 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. Try it as a team building corporate activity or even a corporate Christmas party primer. Learn more.