July 27 – Aug 1, 2014 Expedition in Western Washington with Wolf Haven, International
This expedition begins at beautiful Wallace Falls State Park northeast of Seattle, then travels over the North Cascade Mountains and into the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack.
Become a detective in order to follow clues and solve mysteries that would otherwise have gone unnoticed in nature. Amazingly, animals reveal themselves to all who can read their stories in the earth. As you will see, tracks can tell us about the size, health, emotions, history and even intentions of animals which would otherwise remain hidden all around us. Never feel alone in the forest again as you learn to communicate and understand the sights and sounds which birds use to point out predators, to quarrel with their neighbors, or to sing with appreciation. This week you will enter the world of animals, becoming that which you follow.
On Sunday evening, you’ll receive an intensive training on wildlife tracking, which includes understanding prints, but moreso, understanding everything that’s going on around you in nature, from the language of the birds, to trailing animals from their dens. Monday, we’ll spend the day on the great river sand bar where tracks of animals amaze, including a resident herd of Roosevelt Elk, active beavers in a pond they created in an old river channel, plus coyote packs, mink, river otter, abundant raptors, and more. Tuesday, we’ll walk up into bear country, where myriad berries cover old clear cuts, and learn to trail through terrain you would previously had thought would be impossible to see tracks, and in the afternoon, you will have to navigate overland to a secret location, marked on your topo map, where there is an incredible array of black bear dens in burned-out, old-growth trees. On Wednesday, we will arise to check our wildlife cameras, then drive to the snow line to enjoy alpine meadow flowers and the animals they attract before heading down the east slope of the Cascades to camp in the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack. On Thursday and Friday, we will track the Teanaway Wolves and in addition, gain an understanding of how to track animals in dry pine forests and sagebrush canyonlands where we will be exposed to triple the number of birds and other animals as compared to the west side of the mountains.
Current Enrollment: Open/Available for adults while a youth camp version also runs 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:
• 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 song, 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 teams.
• Drawing & Naturalist Journaling of Wildlife.
• Camping & Hiking.
• Orienteering with Map/Compass, and Natural Navigation.
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Options:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at Wallace Falls State Park, 14725 Ley Road, Gold Bar WA 98251 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We’ll give an overview of the week from 6:00-6:30 followed by orientation from 6:30-7:00 during which accompanying friends/family are free to depart. We will have some food available for those who were not able to eat dinner before arriving, but we also encourage you to bring hors d’oeuvres to share during the arrival period since it really helps bring an immediate community feel to the group.
$25 Everett Arrival Option: Meet us at the Everett Transit Station on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$50 SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday morning in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:00 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim.
$65 Tacoma-Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Tacoma Greyhound or Amtrak Stations, or the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$95 Wolf Haven / Olympia Arrival Option: Meet us at Wolf Haven in Tenino, the Greyhound Bus Station in Olympia, or the Amtrak Train Station in Lacey, on Sunday around 12:00 noon so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Cle Elum Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picked up in Cle Elum, we will be at the Safeway, 804 W 1st Street in Cle Elum on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Complimentary Friday North Bend Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picked up in North Bend, we’ll be at McDonald’s next to the Safeway, 735 SW Mt Si Blvd, at 4:00 p.m.
Complimentary Friday Monroe Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picked up in Monroe, we’ll be at the Best Western Sky Valley Inn, 19233 State Route 2, at 5:00 p.m.
$20 Everett Departure Option: If you would like to be picked up or travel home by bus or train in Everett, we’ll be at the Everett Transit Station at 5:30 p.m.
$35 Seattle-Bellevue Departure Options: Depart from a convenient location or your choice in Seattle or Bellevue at 6:00.
$50 Renton-SeaTac Departure Options: Depart from the Renton Shopping Center or SeaTac Airport at 7:00.
$65 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday at 8:00 p.m. after participants travel back home with us.
$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup.
$125 Saturday Afternoon Bus/TrainAirport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$140 Saturday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday night and depart Saturday evening after dinner in Puyallup.
$165 Sunday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday & Saturday nights and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon in Puyallup.
$180 Sunday Afternoon Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us next week!
To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!
Tuition for Summer Expeditions is $570 if you register by December 20th by taking advantage of our holiday gift certificate, $575 if you register by February 10th, $580 if you register by March 20th, $585 if you register by April 30th, $590 if you register by June 5th, and $595 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.
You can also receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional friend/family member attending together, $10 per additional expedition you attend, and $10 for successfully referring others to attend. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will need specific camping gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case. You will also need health insurance, but check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional pickup/dropoff and weekend stayover choices.
Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.
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