Our Tracking Curriculum is used by naturalists, hunters, search and rescue professionals, and military personnel. We share this vast area of study by breaking it down to eight disciplines.

  1. Track identification involves species recognition skills as well as tools to determine individuals within each species.
  2. Subject and Substrate Analysis examines the behaviors of tracking media and the behaviors of the subjects being tracked.
  3. Track interpretation allows the tracker to read each track, track pattern, track cluster, and sign to determine what the subject was doing at the time the tracks were made.
  4. Track Aging involves the analysis of tracks and track degradation in response to time, weather, and gravity.
  5. Trailing is the art and science of following the subject through varied terrain as well as closing the gap between the tracker/tracking team and the subject they are tracking.
  6. Tracking Methodology studies the techniques and approaches used by tracking cultures around the world.
  7. Ecological Tracking allows the tracker to read the entire landscape for solid species lists and locations within each biome.
  8. Intuitive tracking combines the other seven arts with the awareness skills to create a harmonic in one’s tracking ability that is greater than the sum of one’s individual inventory of tracking skills.

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  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Weekend option: Friday - Sunday
  • Five day intensive: Wednesday - Sunday

9 Responses

  1. Eugene Frechette
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    My best hiking partner is my dog is it possible to bring and include her on a weekend course.
    Thank you

    • Mike Douglas
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      While dogs are great companions outdoors they are, unfortunately the worst “helpers” when it comes to tracking. Try this experiment. Find an easy to follow trail and see how long it takes as you attempt to follow it for your dog to destroy the tracks. They just can’t help themselves. I love my dogs, but I can’t take them tracking.

  2. Mike loveridge
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    Hi mike hope your keeping well. A good friend of mine Toby Cowan told me about your tracking and survival school. I would love to come over and train with you and learn some more tracking skills etc.
    Could you advise me on a cost to maybe spend 5 days with you learning some new skills.
    Many thanks

    • Mike Douglas
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      Nice! Toby is a great friend! I think the best experience would be the Earth Living Five day. It is a unique experience in the survival in bushcraft world as it takes a decidedly ancestral approach to the skills. I believe you would get a lot out of it. Thanks for your interest in the school!

  3. George Dresnek
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    If you check out the NASAR site under classes , then tracking , you may be able to pull up their class bio . It sounds very similar to what you do .

    • Mike Douglas
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      Seems like a strong program in the foundation of tracking. We lack the cultural awareness of SAR but have developed a deep tracking culture through ongoing lineages and dirt time. This was incredibly helpful as we are designing a video series to support SAR and your link has given us an outline to follow and expand upon. Thank you!

  4. Tyler
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    Hi, I recently heard of you from a freind of mine.
    I teach classes on foraging mushrooms, and was curious to see if you were interested in hosting a class on mushrooms.
    Thanks for your thoughts,

  5. Tyler
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    Whoops, I thought this was a comment to the school section.
    Feel free to contact anyways, I’m in Massachusetts

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