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 & 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 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.

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

Arrival Options on Sunday:

Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 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.
$60 SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday 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 unless unaccompanied minor, then at unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$35 Tacoma Bus/Trail Arrival Option:
Book your Bus/Train Arrival into Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:00 p.m.
$35 Puyallup Arrival Option:
Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 2:30-3:00 p.m. 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 2:00-2:45 with final departure by 3:00.
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 3:45 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.
$50 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 just $575 if you register by December 15th to receive a Holiday Gift Certificate highlighting your enrollment in camp. If you register in the new year, the cost will be $580 for those who register by February 20th, $585 by March 25th, $590 by April 30th, $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 and your balance will be due upon arrival.

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.

The cost for attending multiple weeks if you make $175 per week deposits by December 15th are:

$1145 for two weeks if you go home over the weekend, or $1340 including the weekend with us.
$1710 for three weeks if you go home on weekends, or $2095 including two weekends with us.
$2270 for four weeks if you go home on weekends, or $2840 including three weekends with us.
$2825 for five weeks if you go home on weekends, or $3570 including four weekends with us.
$3375 for six weeks if you go home on weekends, or $4290 including five weekends with us.
$3920 for seven weeks if you go home on weekends, or $5000 including six weekends with us.

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.

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.


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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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