The Wildlife Safari – Tracking & Photography in Wolf Country

July 26-31, 2015 Overnight Camp starting in elk country south of Seattle WA and traveling over Mt. Rainier into the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack

This week, you will learn to have the eyes of a tracker; learn to understand the language of the birds; learn to use your nose like a bear and your hands like a raccoon. You will elevate your senses to new heights and use your newly found prowess to successfully search for animals. Keep your camera ready to photograph animals and the signs they leave.

On the “safari” you will 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.

 Camp Goals Availability:

Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18 and up including parents may attend the Tracking Wolf Country expedition taking place simultaneously.

 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
  • Animal Photography
  • Animal Movements & Behaviors
  • 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
  • Navigation & Lostproofing

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:

Sunday at the base of Mt Rainier: Intros; Agreements; Sensory Awareness; Navigation Challenge & Songline; Music & Stories;

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

Tuesday along on Mt Rainier: Dawn Chorus Bird Photo Challenge; Travel into the Territory of a Roosevelt Elk Herd to Trail large Mammals; Learn “plaster casting” and Practice;

Wednesday to 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; Arrive in the Territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack.

Thursday in the territory of the 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 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.

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

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 on the road to Mt Rainier – Paradise. Or use our transportation – 2:00 SeaTac Airport $60; 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $35; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $35.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: There are three complimentary departure / pick-up points, including 1) Twentynine Pines Campground in wolf country for pack-up and stories between 2:00-2:45 and final departure by 3:00, 2) Cle Elum Safeway, 804 W 1st Street in Cle Elum on Friday at 3:45 p.m., and 3) North Bend Safeway in the McDonald’s parking lot on Friday at 4:30 p.m.; or use further transportation to Bellevue Collete 5pm Friday $25, or Seattle Amtrak 5:15 Friday $35; or Puyallup Wolf Campus 6-9 pm Friday $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Weekend Stayover $195. 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!


$590 if you register by April 30th, or $595 by June 5th, and $600 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week 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. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.

Click here for costs for attending multiple weeks: Recommended additions to the Wildlife Safari include Backpacking into Wolf Country earlier in the summer, Survivors Side of the Mountain in July, and Wilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp. Other camps include Secrets of the Ancient Scout, Epic FishingHonorable Hunting

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.

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.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Click to Choose Your Deposit Options:
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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.

Camp Preparation: Agreements & Packing List

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