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Naturalist Studies and Wildlife Tracking: Finding and Interpreting Tracks

  • Jan 4, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Because of constant Meetup glitches and errors, registration for the Tracking Course is now completed on our website. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS.


2013 Fall Naturalist Studies and Wildlife Tracking Certification Program (125 Hours)

Session 6: The Plains of South Texas, December 7 - 8th, 2013.

Pre-requisites: Must have completed Central Texas Hill Country Waterways (session 1) and Texas Coastal Shores (session 2).

Cost: $150 for 2 day trip. Register online

Each session of this tracking program will cover a different region and the tracks that are unique to that area. Spend two days exploring and understanding the unique life cycles of the animals in the South Texas region and how they adapt to their environment.



An ancient form of science, tracking is one of the oldest languages in the world, written on the earth and communicating much about the animal that left it long after they’ve moved on. This amazing art was utilized in many ways by our hunter-gatherer ancestors and is one of the most important skills one could possess for life as a hunter-gatherer.

This course will enter into the detective world of the Wildlife Tracker. Students will spend 6 weekends traveling together around Texas spending time in a variety of bioregions studying a multitude of species. Everything from mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects will be explored.

The program runs twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. This will allow students to explore and learn from a variety of different bioregions in different seasons. Every weekend will include detailed presentations and guided field study by experienced trackers and biologists that help enhance your in-field knowledge of tracks and signs as well as behavior of wildlife.  Homework and tests will also be given to keep your new tracking skills sharp between breaks.

Students are encouraged to participate in other special events outside of the 6 weekends. These will include Wildlife Surveys and Research Projects, Exploring Natural History Museums, Birds of Prey Presentations, The Human Path’s Naturalist Tests, Texas Tracking Club Field Trips and Events and many more.

Students of the full Level 1 program will learn how to:

  • recognize common wildlife tracks of Texas
  • identify common animal signs such as trails, scat, skulls, scratches, burrows & more
  • read and interpret gait patterns in order to understand animal movement
  • measure both individual tracks as well as trails of wildlife
  • predict where to find animals using ecological indications of the terrain
  • apply tracking skills for use in wildlife research projects
  • discover the world of birds through tracks, nests, feathers, droppings, pellets & more
  • track smaller creatures such as mice, rats, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates
  • journal, map and draw tracks and sign found in the field
  • expand the senses to view and experience more wildlife
  • move quietly and disturb very little while in the field viewing wildlife and tracking
  • overcome fears of the unknown and often misunderstood creatures in the wild

At the end of the spring course will be a CyberTracker Evaluation. The CyberTracker Evaluation is an internationally known and recognized standard for evaluating and enhancing your in-field knowledge of tracks, sign and behavior of wildlife. The cost of the test is $200 and is not included in the full Level 1 certification program cost.




Weekend 1: August 3/4

Weekend 2: August 23 - 25

Weekend 3: September 14 - 15

Weekend 4: October 5 - 6

Weekend 5: November 8 - 10th

Weekend 6: December 7/8



Number of Students: 14

*Cyber Tracker Evaluation: Done once a year.  **Cyber Tracker test is separate and is not included in the tuition cost.


The Instructor:Chris Hyde. Avid naturalist and lover of the outdoors, Chris Hyde grew up exploring and learning from the wild places around the Texas Hill Country. Using the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, Chris learned how to understand and celebrate the interconnections of natural diversity throughout the natural world.

Chris has completed multiple courses here at the Human Path including Primitive Core Basic, Hunter Gatherer Level 1, and Herbology Level 1. Chris is also a graduate from Earth Native Wilderness School's 9-Month Residential Program and Wildlife Tracking Intensive where he earned a Level III Track & Sign Certification from CyberTracker Conservation International.


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