2014 Naturalist Studies and Wildlife Tracking Certification Program (125 Hours)
Session 1: Central Texas Hill Country Waterways: January 18/19th, 2014.
Each session of this tracking program will cover a different region and the tracks that are unique to that area. Learn about the flora and fauna that flourish in the arid caves and waterways of the Central Texas region. *full description is below.
Holiday Special: For those signing up for the full course before December 31st, 2013, a free TrackerPack will be included with the tuition and includes a Human Path t-shirt, new course textbook, field sketchbook and several tracking tools needed for the course. The course will be $650 if signed up and paid for in full before the end of 2013! Click here to register and get the Early Bird Special rate.
Cost: $150 for 2-day trip. Register online
*The Full course of 6 weekend intensives is $700.
ABOUT THE FULL FALL NATURALIST STUDIES AND WILDLIFE TRACKING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (6 sessions)
An ancient form of science, tracking is one of the oldest languages in the world, written on the earth and communicating much about the animal that left it long after they’ve moved on. This amazing art was utilized in many ways by our hunter-gatherer ancestors and is one of the most important skills one could possess for life as a hunter-gatherer.
This course will enter into the detective world of the Wildlife Tracker. Students will spend 6 weekends traveling together around Texas spending time in a variety of bioregions studying a multitude of species. Everything from mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects will be explored.
The program runs twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. This will allow students to explore and learn from a variety of different bioregions in different seasons. Every weekend will include detailed presentations and guided field study by experienced trackers and biologists that help enhance your in-field knowledge of tracks and signs as well as behavior of wildlife. Homework and tests will also be given to keep your new tracking skills sharp between breaks.
Students are encouraged to participate in other special events outside of the 6 weekends. These will include Wildlife Surveys and Research Projects, Exploring Natural History Museums, Birds of Prey Presentations, The Human Path’s Naturalist Tests, Texas Tracking Club Field Trips and Events and many more.
Students of the full Level 1 program will learn how to:
recognize common wildlife tracks of Texas
identify common animal signs such as trails, scat, skulls, scratches, burrows & more
read and interpret gait patterns in order to understand animal movement
measure both individual tracks as well as trails of wildlife
predict where to find animals using ecological indications of the terrain
apply tracking skills for use in wildlife research projects
discover the world of birds through tracks, nests, feathers, droppings, pellets & more
track smaller creatures such as mice, rats, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates
journal, map and draw tracks and sign found in the field
expand the senses to view and experience more wildlife
move quietly and disturb very little while in the field viewing wildlife and tracking
overcome fears of the unknown and often misunderstood creatures in the wild
At the end of the spring course will be a CyberTracker Evaluation. The CyberTracker Evaluation is an internationally known and recognized standard for evaluating and enhancing your in-field knowledge of tracks, sign and behavior of wildlife. The cost of the test is $200 and is not included in the full Level 1 certification program cost.