Wildlife Safari – Animal Tracking & Photography

July 15-20, 2018 Overnight Camp in the Oregon Coastal Dunes with transportation from Seattle-Puyallup-Olympia-Portland-Salem-Albany-Eugene

We’ll start this amazing week traveling to an area of highly-concentrated animals living in secret on the edges of rural development. You’ll discover sign of bears, cougars, elk, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, owls and so many more animals which skirt greenways around town.

It’s not a stretch to say you’ll become an animal detective as you follow clues, and solve mysteries that go unnoticed by the general public. As you will see, wildlife reveals to those who can read their stories in the earth, and tracks can tell us about the size, health, emotions, history and intentions of animals. You’ll learn to have the eyes of a scientific tracker, while also learning the artist’s eyes of an owl, ears of a deer, nose of a bear, and hands of a raccoon.

Keep your camera or smart phone ready to photograph animals and the signs they leave. Learn secrets to finding animals that few people understand, especially the language of the birds which point out where animals are moving, and how to follow tracks that animals leave behind. In order to truly understand the animals we hope to observe, we must adopt their behaviors and embrace their customs.

After this week, you will have joined an elite group of wildlife trackers and photographers, elevating your senses to new heights, using your newly found prowess to successfully search for animals, and gaining a deep understanding of the relationships between predators and prey.

Availability:

Ages 9-13: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 18-28 may participate in the Wildlife Tracking Expedition running simultaneously.

Register below for this, our original overnight camp theme launched in 1998, which is excellent for exploratory learners, but not recommended for asperger spectrum students, as the itinerary diverges daily based on wildlife “finds” and other learning opportunities. This week is a completely outdoor travel experience, camping in tents and under the stars. Requirements for acceptance this week include 1) participant must have a serious desire to attend, 2) participant must have absolute commitment and easy ability to follow our agreements for participation, and 3) certainty that homesickness will not be an issue, especially after dark. The first of these three is true for all our camps. The second and third are better dealt with in our camps located in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area where we have more latitude to work with unforeseen homesickness and behavioral issues. This is not a camp week where kids can be trained to overcome homesickness, or see how much behavioral progress they have made. If you are not sure about the requirements, call us to discuss at 425-248-0253 or check out our camp weeks in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area the first week of July and again in August.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to bring you closer to the natural world and provide you with a better understanding of its intricate relationships. Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal Tracking
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Sensory Awareness & Stealthy Movement
  • Nature Journaling & Sketching
  • Navigation & Lostproofing
  • Understanding Birds and Their Voices
  • Understanding Mammals and their Tracks
  • Understanding Animal Dependence on Plants, Fish, Insects, Beetles,  Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles & Amphibians

Camp Schedules & 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:

EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS

Sunday Morning-Afternoon: Optional travel with us from Puyallup & Olympia WA, Portland Aiport PDX, Salem & Albany, Eugene Airport.

Sunday Evening: Oregon Dunes Dinner; Intros; Agreements; Sensory Awareness; Navigation Training; Songline & Stories;

Monday: Animal Forms & Families; Art & Science of Tracking; Bird Language; Wildlife Cameras; Plaster Casting;

Tuesday: Dawn Bird Chorus; Photography Tricks; Trailing Animals; Navigation Challenge;

Wednesday: Sign Tracking in Field & Forest; Tracks & Sign of Insects, Beetles, Arachnids and other Arthropods, Reptiles & Amphibians;

Thursday: Wildlife Conservation & Documentation; Search & Rescue Tracking Challenge;

Friday Campers Choice: Mock Wildlife Evaluation Workshop;

Saturday: Optional travel with us to Eugene Airport, Salem & Albany, Portland Aiport PDX, Olympia & Puyallup WA.

ODD-NUMBERED YEARS

Sunday at Camp Curran: Intros; Agreements; Sensory Awareness; Navigation Challenge & Songline; Music & Stories;

Monday on the Puyallup River: Animal Forms; Stalking Games; Mammal Families; Five Arts of Tracking; Bird Language; Photography Tricks;

Tuesday on Lake Sammamish & Alpine Meadows: Dawn Chorus Bird Photo Challenge; Travel into the territory of a Roosevelt Elk Herd to Trail large Mammals; Learn “plaster casting” and practice;

Wednesday in Sagebrush Canyonlands: Check Wildlife Cameras; Learn the Most Important Insects Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods; Learn about Reptiles and Amphibians during our trip up into sagebrush canyons;

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; Last-minute Tracking & Travel Home;

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm as well as 12 year veteran senior tracking instructor Patrick Wiley of Florence, Oregon are on site all week directing other professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997!

Arrival, Directions & Transportation Options:

Complimentary Sunday Arrival Option: Meet us between 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park Woahink Meeting Hall, 5469-5487 Canary Rd, Florence, Oregon 97439 in time for orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 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. Camp starts with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart while participants go set up tents at our nearby group camp site.
$45 Sunday Eugene EUG Airport Arrival Option:
Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into the Eugene Airport, 28801 Douglas Dr, Eugene, OR 97402 on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:30 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$55 Sunday Albany, Oregon Arrival Option:
Meet us at 1:30 p.m. at the I-5 Exit 227 Subway, .
$65 Sunday Salem, Oregon Arrival Option:
Meet us at 12:45 p.m. at Fred Meyer,
$95 Sunday Portland PDX Airport Arrival Option:
Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 11:30 a.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$115 Sunday Olympia WA Arrival Option:
Meet us at 9:30 a.m. at Fred Meyer,
$125 Sunday Puyallup WA Arrival Option:
Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 8:00-8:15 a.m. so that participants can depart at 8:30 to our camp location.

Weekend Departure Options:

Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Pick up at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park group campsite between 5:00-6:00.
$95 Saturday Eugene EUG Airport Departure Option:
Drop-off at the Eugene Airport on Saturday is at 10:00 AM so don’t book a flight until after noon, and be sure to call or email us with departure time before confirming your plans.
$115 Saturday Albany, Oregon Departure Option:
Meet us at 11:00 AM at the I-5 Exit 227 Subway, .
$125 Saturday Salem, Oregon Departure Option:
Meet us at 11:45 AM at Fred Meyer,
$145 Saturday Portland PDX Departure Arrival Option:
Drop-off at Portland Airport on Saturday is at 1:00 PM so don’t book a flight until after 3 p.m., and be sure to call or email us with departure time before confirming your plans.
$165 Saturday Olympia WA Departure Option:
Meet us at 3:00 PM at Fred Meyer,
$175 Saturday Puyallup WA Departure Option:
Pick-up at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup 4:00-5:00 p.m.

BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL! NEW CAMPERS: Register for three or four weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and weekend stayovers are free not including long-distance transportation. CAMP ALUMNI: Register for at least two weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and stay free on weekends not including long-distance transportation.

Tuition:

2018 Overnight Youth Camps are $765/week if you make a deposit by May 5th, or $775 by June 10th, or $785 if space remains available thereafter. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival.

The cost includes everything except transportation from Sunday-Friday including organic camp t-shirt at your first camp, or survival knife, firesteel or field guide at subsequent camp weeks, 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 weekend stayover choices.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL – NEW CAMPERS: Register for three or four weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and weekend stayovers are free not including long-distance transportation. CAMP ALUMNI: Register for at least two weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and stay free on weekends not including long-distance transportation.

Scholarships: This camp week involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout, so click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and the underprivileged. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships and add answers to its 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your camp registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

Registration is now open:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send with a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. New campers can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time 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.

Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Summer Camp Packing List

Homesickness Protocol & Prevention

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions