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 Caprock Canyons. All of this under the close watch and guidance of our lead tracking instructors, Dave Scott and Jason Kleinert, extremely accomplished wildlife trackers and passionate educators. 

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.

Join us for our Survival Skills Intensive, an 8 month ongoing wilderness survival class that meets one weekend each month to study wilderness survival skills. At Earth Native we believe that long term mentoring situations are the best way to learn these incredible skills. For this reason we are pleased to offer this opportunity for you to learn the ancient arts of survival and self-sufficiency.

Over the course of 8 months you will greatly increase your ability to be self sufficient in a survival situation through knowledge of indigenous and modern survival skills, technology, and philosophies, as well as increased comfort in wild places through knowledge of, and connection to place. 

You will leave this program with the confidence and skill necessary to survive in the wilderness, and the knowledge necessary to continue growing your survival skills on your own. 

Skills taught in this program program include, shelter building, friction fire by three different methods -- bow-drill, fire-saw, and hand-drill, primitive fishing with spear and line, local edible and medicinal plant studies, basic wildlife tracking and behavior, animal trap designs and trapping techniques, survival bow and arrow construction, making cordage from indigenous plant species, finding, collecting and purifying water, creation of natural containers (i.e. baskets and bowls), basic animal processing, primitive cooking methods, basic stone tool construction and use, and more!

Additionally, students will greatly increase their connection to, and knowledge of, the natural world around them, the incredible abundance of recourses that can be utilized in survival situations; as well as their knowledge of central Texas flora and fauna and how they can utilize local resources in survival and their day-to-day lives. Students will have been introduced to theories of indigenous survival, indigenous living skills, and modern wilderness survival techniques, and will have had opportunities to put these skills into practice on a three day shelter overnight trip in February and an instructor led survival trip in May that concludes the program. 

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