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July 30 – Aug 4, 2017 Expedition starting east of Seattle WA and traveling into the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack
Learn the skills of a detective as you follow clues and solve mysteries that would otherwise go unnoticed. Animals reveal themselves to those who can read their stories in the earth. As you will see, tracks can tell us about the size, health, emotions, history and intentions of animals. You will leave with an understanding of the relationships between predator and prey. Few people can understand the language of the birds and follow tracks that animals leave behind; after this week, you will have joined that elite group. In order to truly understand the animals we hope to observe, we must adopt their behaviors and embrace their customs.
Open for ages 18-26 (flexible) with no prerequisite, while others who have attended our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions in the past may also be welcome. Ages 9-17 may attend the Wildlife Safari or Wild Navigation & Orienteering Challenge youth camps running simultaneously.
Course Goal & Skills Covered:
The goal of the this course is to help you learn our regional ecology and in particular, its zoology through the skills of tracking. We will simultaneously be learning to identify birds and other animals there while understanding their dependence on the region’s plants and plants that specialize in its habitats.
Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to:
- Wildlife Tracking & Birding
- Sensory Awareness & Stealthy Movement
- Understanding Birds & Mammals of the Pacific Coast
- Understanding Insects, Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles & Amphibians
- Understanding specific ways that animals depend on certain plant communities for their survival
- Mimicking at least 10 birds, including their language of songs, alarm calls, companion calls, and aggression calls
- Articulating the needs of animals, both in writing and public speaking, especially regarding the endangered species of your region
- Managing a survey of animals to learn how many are in an area
- Camouflaging yourself and your documenting gear in any environment
- Finding lost people and the art of human tracking.
- Communicating clearly and working well with tracking/research teams
- Drawing & Naturalist Journaling of Wildlife
- Camping & Hiking
- Orienteering with Map/Compass, and Natural Navigation
Schedule & Activities:
Activities covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, camper desire, and serendipity:
Sunday at Lake Sammamish: Intros; Agreements; Sensory Awareness; Navigation Challenge & Songline; Music & Stories;
Monday Cougars & Bears: Animal Forms; Stalking Games; Mammal Families; Five Arts of Tracking; Bird Language; Photography Tricks;
Tuesday Snoqualmie River: Dawn Chorus Bird Photo Challenge; Travel into the Territory of a Roosevelt Elk Herd to Trail large Mammals; Learn “plaster casting” and Practice;
Wednesday Alpine Meadows: Check Wildlife Cameras; Learn the Most Important Insects Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods; Learn about Reptiles and Amphibians during our trip up into Alpine Meadows;
Thursday Teanaway Wolf Pack: Finish Learning Animal Families – Focus on Pine Forests & Sagebrush Canyonlands; Hike, Run, Walk Fast to Cover as Much Ground as Possible in our Search for Wolves;
Friday Campers Choice: Search & Rescue Tracking Challenge; Photographic Blog; Video Editing & Travel Home;
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on hand all week directing our professionally-trained instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum or better student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our testimonials and dating back to 1997!
Location, Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Options Options:
Click for Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the parkway from the EAST Lake Sammamish BOAT LANDING. We’ll have food for those who didn’t eat dinner already and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. Or use our transportation – 2:30 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 1:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the group camp for our closing ceremonies and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure is from 5:30-6:00. Or stay later for dinner and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our transportation to Seattle Amtrak, Bus or Airport 7:30 Friday for $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm for $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135. Full Weekend Stayovers are $195, and Full Week Stayovers during weeks we only run day camps are $695 including both weekends for those who don’t want to go home between every-other-week overnight camps. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.
$715 if you register by April 30th, or $725 before June 5th, or $735 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. Cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including survival knife, firesteel or field guide depending on topic. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and stayover choices.
DISCOUNTS: Take advantage of our 20th Anniversary Alumni Discount special price of $695 also available to new camp families at a second camp or adding a second family member this summer. Must register with a deposit by April 30th! Otherwise our standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program.
Scholarships: Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and underprivileged young people. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships which are granted by the Western Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF Foundation) – a Washington State non-profit organization, independent from Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, whose mission it is to support those wishing to attend programs of earth skills education. To apply, add answers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.
Register Now for Summer 2017:
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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.