Wildlife Tracking

Discover wildlife tracks and sign, and learn to interpret the stories that they tell. Tracking is considered the first science. Its importance was paramount to our ancestors survival. A native trackers understanding of the landscape and its animals is unparalleled, even by our best scientist. Tracking will greatly increase your awareness and relationship with our wild allies. Though wild animals are not often seen, they leave so much (like tracks, scat, rubs, trails, etc…) for us to identify and interpret. Come learn to see with new eyes and begin to gaze into the lives of the wild animals around us. Below are the 2016 courses and programs being offered.

2016 Programs:

Charlottesville Tracking Club
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – May 22 @ 12:00 pm
animal_tracksWho made those scratches on that tree? Who left those prints in the sand? How can I tell a coyote or bobcat track from Fido the dog? What is the difference between a trot and a lope and why should I know?
Come out for a couple hours on a weekend morning to explore these questions and more with real tracks and sign we find around Charlottesville.

April 17 Tracking Club is FREE and we’ll meet at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This Tracking Club overlaps with our “Taste of LES Programs”…we’ll go out in search of animal track and sign as usual, but we’ll also have other LES adult programs instructors there with crafts, fire by friction and more.

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Details & Registration – Charlottesville Tracking Club

  • Saturday, February 20, Saturday March 26, and Sunday May 22.
    These are individual sessions, not a series.
  • 9am-noon
  • Open to all ages.
    The format will be geared toward adults who are willing to dive in and focus. We ask that adults come with the curiosity of a child, and that children come with parents who assume full responsibility for them.
  • We will meet at the Rivanna Trail access at the intersection of 250 and River Road (where 250 crosses the Rivanna at the Free Bridge). Turn off of East High Street into the Cosner Bros Body Shop parking lot that is south of the bridge. Cosner Bros asks that we park at the very back with your bumper to the Rivanna trail. (This parking area is caddy-corner to the CVS on River Road.)
  • Sliding scale of $5-15 per person. (please pay at time of class)
  • We’ll meet in the Free Bridge parking lot, and either caravan/carpool from there to another location, or hit the great tracks that can be found under the bridge. We’ll be back at the bridge lot by noon.

    Come dressed for the weather–layers, rain gear, snacks and a thermos of hot stuff to keep you going! Rain boots or galoshes are AWESOME as they will allow you to cross streams to sandbars. Bring these if you have them! A notebook, ruler and camera are helpful as well.  Email erin@livingearthva.com to get on the monthly tracking club email list so you can get a reminder of the next opportunity.

    Pre-registration not required – just come!