wilderness weekends

Winter Tracking

Come meet some of the wildest fauna of the Finger Lakes Region in the most surprising places!

Learn to read stories in animal tracks!

In this weekend intensive you’ll become pretty darn good at confidently identifying the tracks and trails of local wildlife. Just in the last few years we’ve witnessed the reestablishment of several keystone mammal species such as bobcat, fisher, river otter and black bear. You can sit on your couch and watch wildlife shows…or you can live this amazing story yourself!

Accomplished instructors Jason Hamilton and Jed Jordan will distill many years of teaching this skill into a track-packed weekend of honing your skills - starting from wherever you’re at, novice or seasoned naturalist alike. Join us as we tangibly connect to our mammal kin and learn how to be better naturalist storytellers.

Here are some specifics we’ll cover:

  • Large mammal track ID, sign and behaviors
  • Smaller mammal tracks and pattern interpretation
  • Gait interpretation and trailing techniques
  • Tools for continued self-teaching and growth


Jed and Jason have been teaching adults to track animals for over a decade. Jed is the Founding Director of the Primitive Pursuits program and has taught an "Environmental Sentinels" course at Ithaca College for nine years. Jason is currently on sabbatical after two years as Chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department. They both think about tracking in their sleep, and can't wait to introduce you to some of the best wildlife hot-spots around!

Workshop Dates are March 15 - 17, with locations TBD. We will be indoors for the Friday evening session, and meeting at various wildlife hotspots on the following days. Bring a lunch! Warm clothing, and hot drinks are recommended. We also recommend knee-high waterproof footwear, or the next best cold weather option.

Days and Times:

Friday 6:00 - 8:30PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Sunday 9:00AM - 2:00PM

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  • Winter Tracking
  • March, 2020
  • $195
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