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
Those who have completed the Tracker/Naturalist series, or equivalent, are eligible
to join the SDTT’s
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
email@example.com or call (760) 715-4102.