December 2011
Earth Tracks 
Outdoor School & Wilderness Canoe Trips
Come Track With Us 2011


 "The first track is the end of a string.  At the far end, a being is moving; a mystery, dropping a hint about itself every so many feet, telling you more about itself until you can almost see it, even before you come to it.  The mystery reveals itself slowly, track by track, giving you its genealogy early to coax you in.  Further on, it will tell you the intimate details of its life and work, until you know the maker of the track like a lifelong friend"

Tom Brown jr. 


Wolf Track   


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 Another year has come and gone and I hope that you are all settling in and prepared for the winter months ahead.   Here at Earth Tracks we had a great year of classes, canoe trips, presentations and youth camps and we are thankful to all of the great people who attended these events. We have made many new friends over the last year and wish to get to know 

each of you better while welcoming new people to the school.

To see some of our photos from this years adventures visit our Flickr Account 


Currently we are putting the finishing touches on our 2012 calender (we have some exciting new classes and trips planned!) and it will be posted on the website early in the new year.


In the meantime we are gearing up for a series of Wildlife Tracking classes and are thrilled to offer these opportunities to our new and old students alike. Read below for more information.


On an ending note I would like to send my deepest thanks to our two interns - Todd Armstrong and Steve O'Brien.   Both Steve and Todd helped out tremendously over this past year and things would not have run nearly as smoothly without their help.  I wish them both the best on their new adventures.  


In Light




Algonquin Winter Wildlife Tracking

    Sunday Feb. 19th-Friday Feb. 24th 


Wolf side trot 7
13 years and counting, this special week long adventure into the heart and soul of tracking  continues to be a highlight of the winter for us at Earth Tracks. 
White Pine Programs And Earth Tracks team up  to provide an intimate group of 10 participants with an intensive and fun experience centered around the science and art of tracking. 


Topics covered include: track identification, sign identification, trailing, trail interpretation, trail patterns vs. gaits, predictive trailing, 

winter birding, bird language, kill site analysis and more.


Don't be shy and don't be late, only 10 spots available. For more info: PDF poster!


Register herecost includes hearty home cooked meals and lodging. 


Tracking Apprenticeship Open Weekends


One weekend a month we meet with our Tracking Apprentices in a different location in South or Central Ontario and guide them in learning about the many aspects of wildlife tracking.  After many inquiries we have decided to open 2 of these weekends to anyone curious about the program or who just want to spend a weekend tracking with us. 


The dates and locations of these weekends are:


January 14-15th 2012 - Beaver Valley - Near Kimberley

May 19-20th 2012       - Southern Georgian Bay - near Wasaga                                            Beach


 Cost is $250.00 (+hst) for the weekend. Dress for the weather and pack a lunch, 

Register by emailing You will receive a follow up email informing you of more details. 

Track and Sign Evaluation Weekend
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the second annual Cyber-Tracker International Track and Sign Evaluation here in Ontario this February 26-27th 2012.   This two day event will take place near Dwight, just outside of Algonquin Provincial Park.
Space is limited to 10 participants and we require a deposit to reserve your space.   Please contact us asap if you are interested.  Spaces are filling fast.   For more information on the certification process and what this weekend will look like please refer to the Links below. 
tracking evaluation

Learning about Wild Plants
Intern and Wild Plants Apprenticeship Opportunities  
In the new year we will be accepting applications for our Internship Program here at Earth Tracks for the 2012 season.    If you feel called to join our team and work with us next year send us an email and we can set you up with the application process.  

Secondly, we will be offering a Wild Plants Apprenticeship Program in 2012 that will run in a similar way to our Tracking Apprenticeship program that began this past fall.   One weekend a month for 10 months we will connect as a group in various environments around southern and central Ontario to learn from, through and about the wild plants that grow all around us.   If you are called to immerse yourself in the green world with a group of like-minded folks than get in touch with us.   More information as well as dates and locations for our outings will be posted in the new year.    

Until next time.....
Upcoming Events 

January 12th -        Wildlife Tracking Slideshow Presentation 
                                Orangeville Public Library - Orangeville
January 14-15th -  Winter Wildlife Tracking (Apprenticeship Open Weekend)
                                Beaver Valley - near Kimberely
January 28-29th -  Guelph Organic Conference 
                                We will have a booth set up at the conference.
February 19-24th -Algonquin Winter Tracking Trip   
                                 Algonquin Provincial Park 
February 26-27th - Track and Sign Evaluation 
                                 Dwight - near Algonquin Provincial Park
May 19-20th -         Wildlife Tracking Weekend (Apprenticeship Open Weekend)
                                 Southern Georgian Bay - near Wasaga

Contact Info
Earth Tracks Outdoor School and Wilderness Canoe Trips
(519) 217 4921
Alexis Burnett - Founder/Head Instructor/Lead Guide