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Wildlife Safari – Animal Tracking & Photography in Wolf Country

July 31 – Aug 4, 2017 Overnight Camp near Seattle WA and traveling over North Cascades alpine meadows into the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack

We’ll start the week in an area of highly-concentrated animals who live in secret canyons between suburban development, including bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, owls and more. Then we’ll take a field trip into the middle of Seattle’s nearest herd of Roosevelt Elk, and ultimately travel through alpine meadows before descending the mountains into the territory of the Teanaway Wolf Pack where animals abound and where you will leave with a deep understanding of the relationships between predator and prey.

Learn to embody the skills of animal detectives as we follow clues and solve mysteries that would otherwise go unnoticed. 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 tracker; learn to use your eyes like an owl, your ears like a deer, 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 or smart phone ready to photograph animals and the signs they leave. You’ll learn secrets to finding animals that few people understand, including the language of the birds who 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, and after this week, you will have joined an elite group of wildlife trackers and photographers.

Availability:

Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18-26 may attend Tracking Wolf Country running 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
  • 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:

Sunday at Lake Sammamish: Intros; Agreements; Sensory Awareness; Navigation Challenge & Songline; Music & Stories;

Monday Cougars & Bears: Animal Forms; Stalking Games; Mammal Families; Five Arts of Tracking; Bird Language; Photography Tricks;

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

Wednesday 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;

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; Photographic Blog; Video Editing & Travel Home;

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our 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!

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

Click for Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the parkway from the EAST Lake Sammamish BOAT LANDING. We’ll have food 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.  Or use our transportation – 2:30 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 1:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the group camp for our closing ceremonies and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure is from 5:30-6:00. Or stay later for dinner and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our transportation to Seattle Amtrak, Bus or Airport 7:30 Friday for $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm for $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.

Tuition:

$675 if you register by December 25th, or $685 by February 10th, or $695 by March 20th, or $715 by April 30th, or $725 by June 5th, or $735 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. The cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including 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 stayover choices.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $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, and once you’ve attended a program, $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the BBB and other sites forbid incentives for reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it!

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.

Register Now for Summer 2017:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF 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 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters 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 for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.

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