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April Tracking Club: The Art of Trailing (Part II)

posted Apr 10, 2017, 9:52 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 8:15 AM ]
Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park:

Sunday, April 16
9:00am - 1:00pm

We will gather at the Ft. Snelling State Park visitor center:

Ft. Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd
West St Paul, MN 55111


In the Art of Trailing we don't focus as much on just one track or sign, but let our awareness pick up on a larger pattern of disturbances that provide clues of where an animal is going. Join us this month for more on the art of trailing. We will do a quick review on the five elements of perception and how it applies to seeing disturbances, then move on to recognizing fresh trails from old ones and practice some trailing exercises before trying our hand at a deer trail.

This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. Please bring appropriate footwear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will gather at 9:00 in the fireplace room in the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:20 and return to the visitor center about noon for wrap-up. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Jon's cell phone at 612-388-4700. Please note that cell reception is poor in much of the park.

Note that you need a State Park pass to drive to the Visitor Center, but you can park for free at the Historic Fort Snelling visitor center. It is about a half-mile walk past the historic fort and down the hill to get to the State Park visitor center. The Historic Fort parking is located at 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Click Here for Directions

Ft. Snelling Visitor Center