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2-Day Tracking Workshop & Tracking Club: Sep 28-29

posted Sep 12, 2019, 11:21 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Sep 12, 2019, 11:25 AM ]

Otter Track
Join the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project for a two day introduction to the fundamentals of animal tracking--or just come Sunday for September Tracking Club!    

September 28 - 29
9:00am - 2:00pm Sat
9:00am - 1:00pm Sun

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

Thanks to the generosity of the State Park system, this program is free--but registration is required for Saturday's class.
To register call 612-725-2724 or email

Over the course of the weekend you will build a foundation for your own study and interpretation of animal tracks. Tracking may be the most ancient of all sciences. Tracking is the study and interpretation of the tracks (footprints) and other signs left behind by animals as they go about their lives.

Fort Snelling Tracking Workshop
Tracking begins with identifying the animal that left the tracks and signs behind and grows into understanding the intimate details of that animal's life. Our distant ancestors learned to read the signs of passing animals. For them, it was a matter of survival. For most of us, tracking is a way to connect more deeply with the natural world around us.

Saturday will begin at 9:00am and conclude by 2:00pm with a break for lunch (please bring your own). Sunday runs 9:00am - 1:00pm. We will spend much of Saturday and most of Sunday in the field. Dress to be comfortable inside and outside both on and off the trail. You may also wish to bring:

Notebook and writing utensil
Small ruler (6" plastic rulers work well)
Measuring tape
Lunch and or snacks
A water bottle
Knee pads (like those used for gardening)

Registration is required for Saturday.

To register, call 612-725-2724 or email <>

A state park permit is required on each vehicle parking at the Visitor Center ($7/day pass or $35 annual pass. Available at park office upon entry to park). 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

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Ft. Snelling Visitor Center