Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship

Enrollment: Closed for the 2021-2022 session. Complete the form below to be notified when it re-opens.

Where: Various locations within 30 miles of Brattleboro, VT.

When: the following Saturdays & Sundays in 2021-2022. Program hours may vary slightly but will generally follow a 9am-4pm pattern.

  • October 9 & 10, 2021
  • December 18 & 19, 2021
  • January 15 & 16, 2022
  • February 12 & 13, 2022
  • March 12 & 13, 2022
  • April 9 & 10, 2022
  • June 11 & 12, 2022

Who: Adults (Age 18+). Open to both novice and experienced trackers.

Cost(2021-2022 session): $1275 – 1675. Actual per-person cost is $1450.

Vermont Wilderness School’s **NEW** Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship will provide quality instruction in wildlife tracking in a wide variety of conditions, over seven weekends spread out across three seasons.

Tracking is an invitation to slow down, look more closely, and question what we’re seeing. It’s a chance to get to know our “more than human” neighbors more deeply and intimately. It’s a journey to seeing our relationship and connection with the natural world more clearly.

Tracking can seem inaccessible, a skillset with which it’s hard to make headway. Working with a skilled tracking teacher can dramatically flatten the learning curve, bring results more quickly, and be a rewarding and fun experience. The teaching approach will be to “build it from the ground up.” The apprenticeship will include field time, presentations, and optional “homework.” Topics to be covered:

  • Tools for clear track identification
  • Wildlife “sign” identification
  • Body mechanics, gaits, and track patterns
  • Trailing
  • Wildlife interactions with the landscape
  • General naturalist knowledge related to tracking
  • Tracker field conduct

Note: each participant has the option to meet with the instructor to customize your learning goals and the level of challenge you desire.

Meet the instructor –

Bob Etzweiler is a longtime teacher at the Vermont Wilderness School, leading both youth and adult programs. He runs both our annual Lynx Tracking Expedition 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.



  1. The application is currently closed. Complete the short form below to be notified when it re-opens.
  2. When it re-opens, complete the application that will be under these instructions and click submit. Be sure to check your email for the automated response with the subject “[Your name]’s Tracking Apprenticeship Application has been received” that serves to confirm that we have received your application. We will respond to your application as soon as possible, likely within 2 weeks.
  3. If accepted before September 1, a $150 deposit will be due within 7 days of your acceptance, to reserve your slot. The remaining balance is due September 1. After September 1, anyone applying must pay immediately upon acceptance.
    1. You can pay by either:
      1. Make a secure online payment by credit card or via PayPal in the box to the right –>
      2. OR
      3. Send a check payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” to: VWS, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.
    2. Financial aid details can be found in the form below.
  4. Upon acceptance to the program, please complete the “VWS Medical Form” via the tab at the bottom of this page.

Please review our scholarship and cancelation policy page for more details. Questions? Email office@vermontwildernessschool.org or call 802-257-8570