Wildlife Tracking Intensive - begins October 1
Most wild animals are secretive, nocturnal, or simply difficult to observe in the wild. Wildlife tracking skills can provide us an incredible window in the secret lives of Texas’ animal species. A skilled observer can not only determine what animals are inhabiting an area through the tracks that they are leaving behind but can also establish track and sign pattern interpretations that give us a much greater understanding of animal behavior.
This 8 month intensive course, meeting one weekend a month from October - May, will provide you with an incredible amount of experience in the field identifying the tracks and sign of Central Texas animal species.
In this course you will follow black bear trails through the Chisos Mountains, observe mountain lion tracks and sign along the Rio Grande, unlock unknown stories in the lives of river otters and beavers along the banks of the Colorado river, watch and track shore birds and alligators along the gulf coast, and follow coyote trails across the Monahans Sandhills. All of this under the close watch and guidance of our lead tracking instructor, Chris Hyde, an extremely accomplished wildlife tracker and passionate educator.
This is one of the most comprehensive wildlife tracking courses in the country and even students with no prior tracking experience coming into the course will leave with an incredible amount of skill and experience in the art and science of tracking wildlife. Whether you are a professional wildlife biologist or simply someone who wants to establish a greater understanding of and connection to the animals of Texas, this course is an excellent choice.
No prior experience with wildlife tracking is necessary.
With Texas' Premier Outdoor, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School
Wildlife Tracking Intensive begins - October 1
Survival Bows - October 8
Knife Making - October 14-16
Bird Language - October 22
Natural Pottery - October 22 & November 19
Flint Knapping & Primitive Stone Tools - October 23
Acorn Harvesting & Preparation - October 23
Edible Plants - October 29
Medicinal Plants - October 30
Natural Pottery - November 19 (Day 2)
Knot Tying 101 - November 20
Camouflage & Concealment - November 20
Knife Making - December 2-4
Wilderness Bushcraft - December 3-4
Ninja Coyotes - September 24
Knife Carving & Safety - September 25
Advanced Monthly Nature Program - begins October 8
Teen Wilderness Adventure - begins October 15
Monday Monthly Nature Program - begins October 17
Saturday Monthly Nature Program - begins October 22
Youth Wilderness Survival Overnight - October 29-30
Forts and Fairy Houses - November 13
I have attended courses at ENWS for 4 years. To call the classes "impactful" is a severe understatement. They have been perspective altering. To quote Thomas Henry Huxley:
"To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or sea-side stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall. Teach him something of natural history, and you place in his hands a catalogue of those which are worth turning around."
Earth Native's classes are mostly outdoors, always interesting, and a great way to change your perspective. As for me, it has granted me a catalogue (to reference the quote) that now permeates the way I perceive the natural world. Instead of a city-boy with zero confidence in the wilderness, I now feel competent to the level of comfort in being part of nature.
I owe a lot to ENWS and will never be able to repay the debt. - JB