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 instructor, Jason Kleinert, extremely accomplished wildlife tracker and passionate educator.
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.
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.