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March Tracking Club: The Art of Trailing

posted Mar 11, 2017, 7:02 PM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Mar 11, 2017, 7:02 PM ]
Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park:

Sunday, March 19
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 track and sign identification we let our senses take in every detail of a track or other marking to learn about an animal's motion, behavior, and relationship with ecology. In the Art of Trailing we don't spend as much attention 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. And if you can keep moving along the trial, you might just catch a glimpse of the animal. This month we will spend some time with exercises that can help you pick up on a fresh trail and follow an animal.

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 a brief mapping exercise and wrap-up session. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Jon's cell phone at 612-388-4700.

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