Tracking & Awareness: 4 Hour Class

Here is the link to find the parking lot:  Lewis & Clark State Park

Tune your Senses & Sharpen your Skills of Observation

Tracking is a great practice and we're so lucky to have an area so close to Portland where we can pop out to the river and get a great day of tracking.

The Sandy River Delta is home to Blacktail & Whitetail Deer, Raccoon, Feral Cats, Bobcat, Coyote, and more. There are always some surprises and we should be treated to a lot good, fresh tracks. It's also a great place to interpret dog tracks and compare and contrast dog with coyote and read interesting stuff in the trails.

Some of what we'll cover:

  • Track and ecology journals
  • Mapping
  • Gaits and trail patterns
  • Interpreting dog and cat tracks
  • Trailing deer & Escape behavior
  • Sensory awareness games
  • Track Aging
  • Bird Language

Dress warmly but bring what you would on a regular day hike. If it's raining I'll put up a big tarp so we're not all standing around in the rain. Also bring a pen/pencil and notepad. If you have a clipboard or something firm to write on that will help, too.

Clothing: Rain gear, boots and wool socks, several layers, hat, & gloves.


Be careful about using GPS. It usually leads people past the Lewis & Clark parking lot.

We'll meet in the Lewis and Clark parking lot at 10:00 am then do a quick shuttle down to the Sandy River.

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  • john

    Wish I could have been there. Was tracking elk this weekend :)

    January 14, 2013

  • Tim H.

    That was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the nice folks in the group who put up with Joel. He's usually so obnoxious - it's embarrassing to be his good friend. Of course, he says the same about me.
    I learned a lot and will continue the journey of improved observation. I now am very good in picking out Popsicle stick tracks.
    Thanks Alex. I'm sure I'll be back for more. My friend Joel and I were impressed with your knowledge, intellect and dedication. Thanks.

    January 13, 2013

  • Amanda

    This class was really informative. I will defiantly be putting this information to good use :)

    January 13, 2013

  • Marcella T.

    Great group and leadership, nice & casual but kept to the task at hand... I liked how this introduction didn't get to complicated but gave such wonderful insight. I also really appreciated the position on how to use your intuition to heighten awareness outdoors & how that sort of perspective can be appreciated in everyday life... "the calm, broad, perspective"

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much to everybody. That was such a fun group!

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's my number for tomorrow[masked]-1568. Again, be wary of GPS and look for the Lewis & Clark State Park Parking Lot. Looking forward to it!!!

    January 12, 2013

  • Marcella T.

    Attended a Intuitive tracking pow wow once last year with Alex & was really impressed... Looking forward to an outdoor practical experience! Thanks!

    January 7, 2013

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