The Wildlife Safari – Tracking & Photography in Wolf Country

July 27 – Aug 1, 2014 Overnight Youth Camp starting along the Skykomish River northeast of Seattle WA and traveling over the Cascade Mountains into the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack

Camper showing a lizard up close and personal to her instructor.

Keep your camera ready to photograph signs of animals, and the animals themselves after we learn to track them down. You’ll learn to have the eyes of a tracker, understand the language of the birds as they tell us where animals are moving, plus the nose of a bear and the hands of a ‘coon as we find subtle clues about where animals are hiding.

On the “safari” you will learn the skills of a detective as you follow clues and solve mysteries that would otherwise have gone unnoticed by others. 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. You’ll see how predators and prey engage in the circle of life, keeping the populations of the other in check.

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. Few people can understand the language of the birds and follow tracks that animals leave behind. And we won’t forget the little critters, including a serch for lizards and salamandars, crickets and grubs in the same way a bear forages for food under logs. Come with us as we enter the world of animals, becoming that which you follow.

Camp Availability:

Bear Scratches on Alder Tree

Bear Scratches on Alder Tree

Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18 & Up: Please see the Tracking Wolf Country  expedition taking place simultaneously.

 Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to bring you to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on instructor preference and camper readiness:

• Animal Tracking
• Animal Photography
• Sensory Awareness & Stealthy Movement
• Nature Journaling & Sketching
• Understanding Birds and Their Voices
• Understanding Mammals and Their Tracks
• Understanding Animal Impact & Dependence on Plants
• Understanding Insects and Their Life Cycles
• Understanding Beetles and Their Role
• Understanding Arachnids and Their Survival
• Understanding Anthropods / Sea Invertebrates and Salt/Fresh Water
• Understanding Reptiles and Their Tracks
• Understanding Amphibians and Their Tracks

Camp Schedules & Activities:

Wildlife Trackers at the end of a successful outing.

Wildlife Trackers at the end of a successful outing.

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 River Meadows: Intros, Agreements, Sensory Awareness, Navigation Challenge & Songline, Music & Stories.
Monday along the Stillaguamish River: Animal Forms, Stalking Games, Mammal Families, Five Arts of Tracking, Bird Language, Photography Tricks, and swimming at our river tracking site.
Tuesday along the Skykomish River: Experience the Dawn Chorus Bird Photo Challenge, then pack up and travel into the territory of a Roosevelt Elk Herd to trail big animals including the predators that follow the elk herd and “plaster casting” footprints of myriad animals.
• Wednesday travel into Alpine Meadows: Today we’ll check the wildlife cameras we set up in our special river tracking site, then learn the most important Insects, Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles and Amphibians during our trip up into alpine meadows and then while heading down the other side of the mountains to camp in the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack.
Thursday in the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack: Today we’ll round out our learning about all the animal families, but now with specials of the pine forests and sagebrush canyonlands, before taking off on foot to cover as much ground as we can to discover where the wolves have been hunting lately.
Friday in the Teanaway: Search & Rescue Tracking Challenge, Photographic Blog, Video Editing & Travel Home

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm Kim Chisholm is leading this camp week with staff assistants. Chris will be running the Tracking Wolf Country expedition happening simultaneously on site.

Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:

Arrival Options on Sunday:

Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at River Meadows Park, 20416 Jordan Road, Arlington WA 98223 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We will start at 6:00 sharp with an introduction to the week, followed by final camp set-up and orientation from 6:30-7:00, at which point we recommend family/friends depart. Participants should eat a full, healthy dinner before arriving, unless traveling by airplane or train, in which case dinner is included in your pick-up fee. Participants arriving directly at our campground location are also encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share with others during camp set-up time.
$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.
$35 Seattle Amtrak Arrival Option: Meet us at the Seattle Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$45 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.
$50 Puyallup Arrival Option:
Meet us at 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.
$85 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 Teanaway Campground Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picked up in the Teanaway Wolf Pack Territory, meet us at the Twentynine Pines Campground for pack-up and stories between 2:00-3:00 with final departure by 3:30.
Complimentary Friday Cle Elum Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picked up at the Cle Elum Safeway, 804 W 1st Street in Cle Elum on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Complimentary Friday Evening North Bend Departure Option: Get dropped off next to the North Bend (WA) Safeway in the McDonald’s parking lot on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
$20 Friday Evening Bellevue College Departure Option: Get dropped off across from Bellevue College at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church parking lot, 2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue WA 98007 on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
$35 Friday Evening Seattle Amtrak Departure Option: Get dropped off at the Seattle Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Friday at 5:15 p.m.
$5o Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 6:00-9:00 p.m. after participants travel back home and have dinner with us.
$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon from the Wolf Campus in Puyallup.
$115 Saturday SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday in Puyallup, 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.
$125 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 SeaTac 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 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option:
Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us for 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:

Summer Overnight Camp weeks are $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 family member attending together, $10 per additional expedition you attend, and $10 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. 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.

Additional Expense: Campers are highly encouraged to bring a digital point-and-shoot camera with super-zoom for this camp.

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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