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Wildlife Safari – Animal Tracking & Photography

July 15-20, 2018 Overnight Camp in the Oregon Coastal Dunes with transportation from Puyallup-Olympia-Portland-Salem-Albany-Eugene (even years schedule)

We’ll start the week in an area of highly-concentrated animals who live in secret between suburban and rural development, including bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, owls and more. Then we’ll take a field trip into the middle of the nearest herd of Roosevelt Elk, and ultimately travel into territory where animals abound.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 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, Anthropods, 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.


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 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: TBA for 2018

Arrival Details on EVEN-NUMBERD YEARS: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park – Woahink Meeting Hall, 5469-5487 Canary Rd, Florence, OR 97439. 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 Sunday transportation from Puyallup or Olympia WA $100, Portland PDX Airport $75, Salem or Albany $50, Eugene Airport $25.

Weekend Departure Details on EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS: Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park – Group Camp Site F, 5441-5467 Canary Rd. Packing with departure from 5:30-6:00. Or stay later for dinner and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our Saturday transportation to Eugene Airport $125, Salem or Albany $150, Portland PDX Airport $175, Olympia or Puyallup WA $200.

Arrival Details on ODD-NUMBERED YEARS: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, Tacoma WA 98446 in the Puyallup area. 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.

Weekend Departure Details ON ODD-NUMBERED YEARS: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us 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. 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 Weekend Stayovers are $200. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.

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.


2018 Overnight Youth Camps are $735/week for returning campers and siblings who register by December 25th, otherwise open to all at $745/week if you make a deposit by February 10th, or $755 by March 20th, or $765 by April 30th, or $775 by June 5th, 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 for alumni, and opens January 1st for new campers:

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.

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