Wildlife Tracking & Nature
Grade level: 9th-12th.
Date & Time: July 23rd, 9am- 4pm
Location: 1398 South Nebergall Loop NE
Who left those hoofprints? Are those claw marks in that tree? What animals might be watching us, right now?! If you are interested in the wild animals around us, come learn about their tracks and sign. We’ll learn how to interpret the evidence left by mammals, birds, reptiles, and even some insects! We’ll play some games, follow some trails, and you'll come away with an increased awareness of who is around us, what they're up to, and how to move on the landscape. Waterproof tracking journals will be provided. Bring your curiosity and open ears and eyes. Aspiring trackers, hunters, and everyone of all experience levels welcome, LGBTQIAA+ students encouraged.
This will be a cellphone-free time, although the instructors will have phones for emergencies.
Cost: $50 -$90, sliding scale pricing, no one turned away for lack of funds.
If transportation is needed, there are options, include a note in your registration form.
LGBTQ2IAA+ and ALL students encouraged.
Salix has been eating wild plants since they were a little kid, has been tracking wildlife for over 10 years, and currently works as a wildlife biologist in the summers. Salix has worked with youth building nature awareness skills for many years, and focuses on facilitating relational knowing of our place as creatures within nature. They enjoy teaching and learning about plants, animals and ecosystems through games, harvesting wild foods, and asking a zillion questions. Salix holds a Level III Track & Sign Certificate, and is also Wilderness EMT.
Self-taught (with mentorship), Paul is a self-employed mechanic who loves farming, animals, and reading all the books. He is one of the most gentle and pragmatic teachers and friends you can find.
Alana grew up in the forest, waterways, and farm fields where ROLL programs are located, fed by the Willamette river on the traditional lands of the Kalapuuya peoples.
After 8+ years preparing to be a high school social studies teacher, and working in group facilitation and youth education camps, the pull of the family farm returned Alana to a seasonal relationship with the land, and the work of farming. A serious concussion and several life transitions brought them to a new place of smaller scale food production and reconnecting humans with the land, community, and themselves.
Alana’s passion is grounded in supplementing academic knowledge with practical, emotional, and social learning to support whole-body health of kids, and future adults.