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The Wildlife Safari – Tracking & Photography in Wolf Country

July 10-15, 2016 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 or smart phone 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.

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
  • Animal Photography
  • Animal Movements & Behaviors
  • 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 the base of Mt Rainier: Intros; Agreements; Sensory Awareness; Navigation Challenge & Songline; Music & Stories;

Monday along the Nisqually & Carbon Rivers: 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 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 $65; 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $45; 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 College 5:00 pm 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!

Tuition:

$695 includes all costs. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional week you attend this summer, $10 off per additional family member attending this summer, $10 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program, $10 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the Better Business Bureau and other sites forbid any incentive for writing reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it since it’s hard to get reviews when people are as satisfied as our camp families. Thanks!

Expenses: Campers are highly encouraged to bring a digital point-and-shoot camera with super-zoom for this camp, or iPhone or other smart phone with large video and photo storage capacity. Otherwise, the only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific outdoor gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case you can’t acquire something. Health insurance is also required, and we can recommend inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Finally, see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices between camp weeks.

Scholarships Availability: This camp involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships for youth, but we can offer scholarships for ages 18-25 who drive this week. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout for ages 9-17, 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 underprivileged young people. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships which are granted by the Western Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF Foundation) – a Washington State non-profit organization, independent from Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, whose mission it is to support those wishing to attend programs of earth skills education. To apply, add to your camp registration form answers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

Registration:

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 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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