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Advanced Animal Tracking

July 26-31, 2015 The Advanced Safari Overnight Youth Camp with prerequisite

The only way to become a Master Tracker is by spending copious amounts of time chasing after animals. This week, we will delve deeper into the mysteries of animal tracking and bird language. We will focus on understanding “pressure releases” and spend time testing theories of bird language.

Participants may stay up all night scoping animals; further their “hunting” skills by photographing animals; track down “missing” people in stressful lost and found scenarios; and review the basics of Wilderness First Aid. We will spend the majority of our time making every effort to track down wild wolves, cougars, bears, and other large game. In our quest to find and photograph animals, we will bass through a variety of biomes; we will spend time on river sand bars, in old growth forests, in alpine meadows, and in the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack. Each environment will provide us with new challenges and offer us new knowledge.

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-13 & 13-17: Open/Available with prerequisite required: either The Wildlife Safari in prior years (takes place simultaneously), or you complete the Wilderness Navigation & Orienteering Challenge with flying colors the week prior.

Ages 18 and up including parents may attend Tracking Wolf Country: From Birds to Big Critters running simultaneously.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to provide you with a deep understanding of the intricate relationships in the Natural World. Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list:

  • Track down animals and document their presence;
  • Manage a survey of animals to ensure how many are in an area;
  • Mimic at least 10 birds, including their song, alarm calls, companion calls, and aggression calls;
  • Understand specific ways that animals depend on plant communities for their survival;
  • Camouflage yourself and your documenting gear;
  • Articulate the needs of animals, both in writing and public speaking – emphasis on endangered species;
  • Communicate clearly and work well with teams;
  • Find wolves and other mega fauna.

Camp Schedule:

Sunday: Review Wildlife Tracking Basic Awareness; Review Animal Family Characteristics; Review Bird Language; Set Goals for the Week;

Monday: Spend the Day on the River; Track Resident Elk Herd; Observe Sign of Active Beavers; Practice Distinguishing the Tracks of Coyotes, Mink, River Otter, Raptors;

Tuesday: Enter Bear Country; Practice Trailing Large Animals; Explore Bear Dens in Burned-Out Old Growth Trees; See Active Grazing;

Wednesday: Drive to Snow Line; Explore Alpine Meadow Bioregion; Arrive in the Teanaway Wolf Pack Territory;

Thursday: Track Wolves; Experience Greater Bird Diversity; Learn to Track in Dry Pine Forest and Sagebrush Canyonlands;

Friday: Continue Tracking Wolves; Document Findings; Closing Celebration.

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm are co-leading this camp week with staff assistants.

Location, Pick-Up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click here for location and transportation details which are the same as for the intro Wildlife Safari or the adult Tracking Wolf Country running simultaneously.


Costs are the same as for the intro Wildlife Safari or the adult Tracking Wolf Country running simultaneously.

Click here for costs to attend multiple weeks: Recommended additions to make this week most successful for you include taking Backpacking into Wolf Country, Survivors Side of the Mountain, Wilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp in prior weeks, plus Secrets of the Ancient Scout, Epic FishingHonorable Hunting in August.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional camp you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

Additional Expense: Campers are highly encouraged to bring a digital point-and-shoot camera with super-zoom for this camp. Otherwise, the only additional expenses you may incur for this course are for specific pieces of gear and health insurance. We have plenty of extra gear in case you cannot acquire something and recommendations for inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary.

Registration Options:

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.

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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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