Spring Tracking Weekend
Saturday, April 6th – Sunday, April 7th (Belfast area)
With Nate Harvey of A Tracker’s Trail
Learn to recognize tracks of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates on your landscape, and to interpret animal movement and behavior. This explorative practice reveals a hidden world of wildlife sign, and develops the ability to find subtle evidence of animal presence. In short, this skill set facilitates knowledge on a remarkable variety of life in an ecosystem.
This intensive, highly educational process is globally recognized as an unparalleled tool for learning about local wildlife and landscapes while preserving and advancing tracking skill.
The Track and Sign Certification is a two-day practical field test that emphasizes open, honest dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure. After participants give their answers, a dialogue ensues between the evaluator and participants to provide the opportunity for everyone involved to learn and for each of us to internalize the field marks used for identification. No prior training is required to participate.
- You may want to bring note taking materials.
- Dress for warmth and bring lunch + snacks.
- We will be outside for the entirety of this workshop.
- Exact meeting location TBA via email from Nate the day before we meet.
Approximately 8:30am-4pm (timing may vary)
Sliding Scale Tuition
The sliding scale tuition model is a type of fee structure that accounts for variability in assets, income, and expenses as an attempt to increase accessibility for people with less financial and/or class privilege. We recognize there are social, physical, and material barriers to accessing this type of programming as well. This model allows self selection of registration cost, please pay the actual cost of attendance if you do not experience difficulty meeting basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation.
The financial disparities that keep certain groups of people from having equal opportunities is particularly stark in the fields of environmental education, science, and conservation. Tracker Certification North America is committed to doing their best to ensure that more people who desire it may attend our programs and trainings. To this end, they have recently created a fund dedicated to helping make access to programs more possible, especially for these historically marginalized communities:
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
- Low income groups/individuals
To apply for funds to attend the April weekend, fill out this this form before March 15th.
Shared accommodations in Swanville are available for up to 5 people. The sliding scale fee for accommodations is $75-$125 per person for the weekend.
There are also a number of local air bnb options: