Tracker/Naturalist Classes

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The following classes, developed by the Los Peñasquitos Tracking Team, are scheduled throughout the year and are open to all (high-school and older, please). Classes involve one weekday evening and one Saturday. Our goal is to provide you with information and tools that will be helpful in wildlife track and sign identification and the appreciation of our rapidly disappearing native habitat, as well as in improving your powers of observation and awareness

Intermediate Tracker/Naturalist Program
This phase of instruction will broaden your experience giving you a chance to develop personal strategies for confident recognition and interpretation of tracks and sign on a variety of surfaces. We will help you get beyond the track identification phase and into the interpretation phase; with exercises in speculative tracking, aging, soil dynamics, debris interaction, trailing, mammal skull and dental identification, and tracking on various substrates. Gait interpretation learned in the beginning class will be expanded upon.

Advanced Tracker/Naturalist Program
The culmination of the three part series, this class concentrates on fine detail and further development of your proficiency as a tracker. Trailing animals through various difficult surfaces will allow opportunities for us to share strategies and exercises that will enable you to stay on the right track. We provide drills and exercises that will help you expand your knowledge base, point out areas you need to work on and give you a taste for what it would be like to go through a tracker evaluation.

Those who have completed the Tracker/Naturalist series, or equivalent, are eligible to join the SDTT’s apprentice program.

Dates and Times: Please check the calendar for upcoming class dates and times. Classes are usually offered as a combination of 7:00 to 9:00 pm weekday AND 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday.

Location (unless otherwise noted):
Adobe Ranch House in Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

Directions from I-15:
Exit Mercy Road/Scripps Poway Parkway, go west on Mercy Road.
Take Mercy Road to Black Mountain Road.
Turn right onto Black Mountain Road.
Turn left at the first stoplight into Canyonside Park.
Go straight, past the ball fields, and continue onto the dirt road.
Park by the big barn.

Fee: $50 per person, per class. ($10 discount for SDTT members)
Please make check payable to: San Diego Tracking Team
Mail to: San Diego Tracking Team, PO Box 2345, San Diego CA 92150-2345
Please note for which class(es) you are registering and be sure to include your Name, Address, Telephone number, and E-mail.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at info@sdtt.org or call (760) 715-4102.

P.O. Box 502345    Telephone: (760) 715-4102
San Diego, CA 92150-2345    Email: info@sdtt.org