Wildlife Tracking: Reading Stories in Snow

Enrollment: currently closed. Complete the short form below to be notified when it re-opens.

When & where: we’re offering two location options for this workshop in 2022. The content will be the same. Both will take place from 9am – 3pm, on Saturday January 30. Directions to the specific meeting location will be emailed beforehand.

  • Option A: taking place near Brattleboro VT, taught by Bob Etzweiler.
  • Option B: taking place near Buckland MA, taught by Kathy Dean.

Age/experience level: Adults. No experience necessary.

Cost: $50 – 70 (sliding scale). Financial aid available.

Learning to track in the warmer months is fun….but can have a steep learning curve. But everything gets easier when the snow comes!

Snow on the ground leaves beautiful clues for the curious tracker. Come join the Vermont Wilderness School to build your ecological literacy and find out what the animals are up to in the cold weather! Right now Bobcats are seeking prey, coyotes and foxes are marking in preparation for the February mating season. Whose tracks will we see? Who will we be able to trail over the snows? Come with us and find out!

In this beginner-friendly experiential workshop we will wander over the beautiful forests area covering basic tracking curriculum, connecting with the natural world around us, making friends with fellow trackers, and having fun!

Instructor Bios

Instructor for the 1/8/2022 & 1/30/2022 VT tracking day: Bob Etzweiler is a longtime teacher at the Vermont Wilderness School, leading both youth and adult programs. He runs both our Tracking Apprenticeship and the Hunter’s Heart Hunting Apprenticeship. Bob has over a decade of experience in Wildlife Tracking, has been hired on wildlife track surveys, and is CyberTracker Level III certified. He’s a skilled and passionate tracker and teacher.



Instructor for the 1/30/2022 MA tracking day: Kathy Dean has worked in the field of outdoor education since 1983 as a wilderness guide, rock climbing instructor and teacher of animal tracking, bird language and nature awareness. In addition to working with several nature education centers, she offers wildlife tracking, bird language and custom-tailored nature programs through Trotting Fox Programs. Kathy is the author of Abbreviated Field Guide to Mammal Behavior: New England Region. She lives in a small hill town in western Massachusetts and is blissfully surrounded by woodlands, wetlands and wildlife. You can learn more about her here.



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