2019/20 Program Dates

October 5-6

November 2-5  (Big Bend Expedition)

December 7-8

January 4-5

February 1-3 (South Texas Coast Trip)

February 29-March 1

April 4-6 (Caprock Canyons)

May 2-3

May 16-17 (Optional Cybertracker Track & Sign Certification)

Instructors: Jason Kleinert & Dave Scott


No prior experience with wildlife tracking is necessary.

The program consists of a combination of instructor led field time, lectures, and out of class tracking and journaling assignments.

Note: Physical exertion during the local program weekends is light and moderate on the field trips. Participants must be capable of walking on uneven terrain. 

2020/21 Program Dates

October 10-11

November 7-10 (Caprock Canyons Trip)

December 5-6

January 2-3

February 6-8 (Monahans Sandhills Trip)

March 6-7

April 10-12 (South Texas Coast Trip)

May 8-9

May 22-23 (Optional Cybertracker Track & Sign Certification)

Program Tuition: $1995 or pay monthly $170/month*

Deposit: $400 non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment

Location/Schedule: Austin/Bastrop area

This program will meet on Saturday and Sunday one weekend a month from October-May. In addition to the five local 2 day weekends, the program includes two 3 day and one 4 day wildlife tracking expeditions to Big Bend National Park, Caprock Canyons and the Texas Gulf Coast. 

*Payment plan is based on 10 monthly payments (from August-May), and a non-refundable deposit of $400. Total tuition is $2100

2nd year tuition $1795

3rd year tuition $1595

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 and buffalo trails at Caprock Canyons. All of this under the close watch and guidance of our 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. 


Program topics will include:

  • Identification of animal track and sign 

  • Interpretation of animal movement and behavior through track and sign patterns

  • Aging tracks and sign found in the field

  • Animal trailing techniques

  • Ecological Tracking that will enable you to predict animal movement and activity on a given landscape

  • Animal behavior

  • Animal behavioral patterns and observation techniques that will help you locate and view more wildlife

  • Bird Feather and kill site identification

  • Mammal Skull identification


Program is full. Join us next year!

Tuition includes all program instruction and camping fees for trips. Camping is available/included for local weekends, if you choose to stay overnight. All meals are on your own.

Watch a short film of Earth Native founder, Dave Scott, leading a wolf tracking expedition in Wisconsin in the Winter of 2011.

Purchase an Earth Native Klean Kanteen Bottle

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16 oz, TKWide insulated

hot/cold beverage bottle 

with leak-proof cafe cap, $25

27 oz, Stainless Steel water bottle 

with spots top, $20

Available to buy during registration - pick up at class!

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