Are you curious about the natural world? Would you like to deepen your connection to nature alongside other engaged, adult learners? In the Wildlife Tracking and Nature Study program we will spend one weekend per month from October to June exploring unique habitats and ecosystems to get to know the plants, trees, birds, mammals and other living organisms who interact and live there. Through classroom and independent study we will deepen our connection with one another and the plants and wildlife we endeavor to know better. By studying the tracks and signs that wildlife leave behind on the landscape, we’ll gain insight into their behaviors and learn to identify various species. By listening and paying attention to the calls and songs birds make, we’ll gain access to the complex relationships and communication taking place around us in the natural world. Through a variety of practices including journaling, research, games, storytelling and songs to name a few, we’ll grow more connected to nature and each other.
With flexibility in ways to participate, you can choose your naturalist adventure by selecting the commitment level that works for you. Whether you are engaged and present each weekend or choose to add levels of complexity with journals, homework assignments, independent study, monthly community calls and/or an individualized naturalist or tracking project, you can create the experience that supports your learning style and lifestyle. Potluck meals shared each weekend will foster our sense of community and connection.
Steeped in combined decades of naturalist study, Debbie Lyons and Amy Beal, will facilitate group learning experiences in beautiful locations across Northern New England. Special guest educators from White Pine Programs will bring their field specialties to enrich the curriculum.
- Ability to read the landscape by enhancing your tracking and naturalist skills.
- Meaningful connection to the natural world, yourself, and other curious minds.
- Exposure to diverse habitats and discovery of plant and wildlife species in Northern New England
- Deepened sense of place.
- Engagement in the field and classroom with guidance from expert mentors.
- Increased competence as a naturalist and tracker.
- Connection to the larger wildlife tracking and naturalist community.
- Prep course for www.trackercertification.com
Sample of Content Areas
- Observation and journaling techniques
- Identification of wildlife track and sign
- Tree and plant identification and practical uses
- Avian field study and bird language
- Wildlife movement and related track patterns
- Skull and bone identification
- And more!
Monthly Themes & Destinations*
Oct: Orientation and Journaling in Nature
Nov: Coastal Ecology Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, MA
Dec: Winter Ecology and Track Patterns, *Jackson, NH
Jan: Small Mammals and Tracking in Snow
Feb: Bobcats, Winter Weasels and Skull Identification
Mar: Canada Lynx & Boreal Ecology, *Jackman, Maine
Apr: Spring Arrivals (Birds, Amphibians & Plants)
May: Island Ecology and Restorative Practices, *Criehaven Island, Maine
Jun: Field Assessment & Project Sharing
Who? Open to adults of all skill levels with both the tracker and naturalist in mind.
When? Weekends October thru June, plus monthly community coaching calls and optional home-study assignments.
Where? Southern Maine & various N. New England locations.
Cost? $2500 Includes lodging for three remote weekends.