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Nature's Forgotten Language

Learn to Read the Stories of Tracks, Signs and Sounds!

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This is great professional development opportunity for teachers, outdoor educators and anyone who works in the outdoors.

It will also bring value to ANYONE who spends time in nature and wants to enrich those experiences.

Are you ready to expand your awareness & deepen your connection to nature in ways you may not have know possible?

Do you want to be more knowledgable about ecology and wildlife?

Would you like to be able to interpret the tracks and signs left by wildlife and know what all the sounds you hear are and mean?

Do you want to see more wild animals and observe or photograph them in their natural state?

Are you interested in starting a career in the outdoors?

Do you teach outdoor education, want to advance your career in the outdoors, or want to develop your skills out of personal interest?

What if tracks and signs came alive and told you what animals were doing, when they were there, and even what they were thinking and why?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this was designed for you!


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"It helped bring a greater awareness of the natural world to me. I felt more comfortable interpreting the story that was unfolding around me, and subsequently feeling more like a participant in that story."

- Eric Vehe, Past Student

Professional Benefits of Learning How to Track:


🐾Enhance your resume by listing your ability to read and interpret wildlife track & sign

🐾 Become more comfortable, aware and safe in wilderness settings

🐾Increase your knowledge about ecology and wildlife behaviour

🐾 TEACHERS & EDUCATORS - Learn activities and games to bring back to your classroom or program.


Personal Benefits of Learning How to Track:

🐾 Feel more deeply connected to nature

🐾 Improved safety when outdoors by being able to see signs of possible danger

🐾 Increase your ability to find and observe wildlife undisturbed in their natural habitat

🐾 Get to know what creatures move through your backyard/neighborhood and better understand the ecology of your region.

🐾 Be able to look at a string of tracks & see the animal moving in your mind's eye

🐾 Slow down from the busyness of the modern world, decompress, and become part of the holistic rhythm of nature

🐾 Be able to be a better steward of Nature

🐾 Add more depth to Urban Nature experiences

🐾 Increased enjoyment as you learn to see through a new lens!

Summary of What's Included:

  • 12 weeks of mentoring including real interaction with the instructor Chris Gilmour
  • A relaxed pace. We give you 2 weeks to complete each of the 6 modules
  • 6, Bi-Monthly "Virtual Campfires". A 1.5 hr mentoring video call with Chris (& special guests) to give additional teachings, answer your questions, and a chance to interact and learn from other students
  • 12+ videos
  • An audio meditation to help improve your natural awareness when outdoors
  • 6 Printable workbooks
  • Private online community to post pictures, ask questions, share stories, and learn from other students
 


"I signed up for the course to increase my knowledge of the animals around me. I learned more than just identifying animal tracks, I formed a deeper connection with the areas I was in and the animals who live there."

- Katie Albright


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course "officially" starts December 1st, 2019. The live coaching webinars, AKA "Virtual Campfires", run from Dec 2019 to Feb 2020. You have lifetime access to all the lessons, videos, and the online community so you can follow along with the suggested timeline or do it at your own pace.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How does the live coaching (AKA) "Virtual Campfires" work?
Following each enrollment period, we will be offering live bi-monthly coaching and Q&A webinars. The schedule is posted on this page. We use a video conferencing platform called Zoom. It takes a few seconds to download and you can tune-in from any device you have connected to the internet. During these sessions, you can choose whether to enable your webcam so other students can see you, or you can turn your video off. There will be new content taught, opportunities to chat with other students, and opportunities to ask the instructors questions. These will also be recorded and available to watch after the live sessions if you miss one.
What if I live in the city or do not know where to track & do the outdoor activities?
No problem what so ever! This course can be completed in any ecosystem. Whether you live in the city, suburbs, country, or wilderness, we will help you learn to read nature's tracks & signs in that habitat and find where the wildlife are!
Will this help with my career and professional development?
Whether you are a teacher or educator, or you work in another field related to the outdoor, this course can help you increase your knowledge of ecology and wildlife as well as develop field skills. We do not offer any certification but you can still list it on a resume. We also offer lots of activities that teachers and educators can bring back to their programs and schools.
Does it matter what season I take the course in?
No, the skills being taught and the adventure challenges can be applied in spring, summer, fall, or winter!
Can I really learn about nature and deepen my natural connection in an online course?
Don't worry, we'd rather be outside than in front of a computer to! A lot of the learning still happens outside. The online videos allow us to teach some of the most important pieces in a really effective way with the perfect examples. Then each lesson has a series of guided activities you complete out in nature with your workbook. And last, the online community & "Virtual Campfire" webinars give you a stage to ask questions and share your excitement and lessons, thus interact with real people and mentors. It is the best of both worlds!
How much time do I need to complete the course?
This one is mostly up to you. The more you put in, the more you get out. Each module has between 30min and 1 hour of video and we recommend doing 1 module every 2 weeks. Then you spend ideally 2+ hrs every week (more is better but not required, & fewer works too) to work on the activities out in nature and post in the online community. If you want to attend the "Virtual Campfire" coaching, this is an additional 3 hrs a month, but optional. If you can commit a 1/2 day a week you will get a ton out of the course. If that is too much, you will still learn & grow, it's really up to you!
What equipment & resources do I need?
Having a wildlife and tracking field guide is helpful and we recommend our favorites inside the course. If you do not wish to invest in a field guide at this time, you can complete your research online or borrow a field guide from your local library. Outside of that, a way to print your workbook is helpful, clothing to go explore outside, a measuring tape to measure tracks, and a camera or phone to take pictures to share in the online community forums.
Do I need any prior knowledge of nature or outdoor experience?
All experience levels are welcome, even complete beginners! We will guide you step by step in deepening your connection to and significantly increasing your knowledge of ecology and wildlife.
What if I have experience in the outdoors or tracking already?
We have designed the course in a way that it can accommodate people of all different experience levels. If you already have some experience, we aim to help you to go deeper with it and encourage you to take advantage of the online community and Virtual Campfire calls. If you enroll and feel you are not learning enough in the first 30-days, we are happy to give you a full refund as well, but we suspect you won't need to!

Nature Has a Forgotten Language, Do You Speak It?

A More In-Depth Look at What's Included:

There are several key ingredients to growth in almost any aspect of life. This course provides many of them in setting you up for a life enriching experience.

Go at Your Own Pace & Accountability!

  • Follow along with the realistic suggested timeline or go at your own pace. What ever works best for you.
  • Lifetime access to all the video lessons, discussion forums, and replays of the live "Virtual Campfires".
  • Clear steps and guidance along your path,
  • Our mentors make sure you actually get the results and life transformation you signed up for!

Mentoring

  • Develop a real connection with the instructor (see bio below) through the bi-monthly live online coaching calls. Here you can ask your natural mystery questions, receive mentoring, & get to know other students on this journey with you.
  • Chris (lead instructor) views mentoring as an art form and his passion is contagious.
  • Guest Instructors also join to share their tips, experience, inspiration and answer your questions.
  • A private online community to post your pictures, ask questions, share your cool stories, connect and learn with other students in the course.


A Proven Pathway to Help You Learn & Grow

  • Chris has mentored 1000’s of people in the outdoors and has been refining this pathway for over 12 years.
  • This course has clear lessons and a logical and fun progression through all the foundational skill sets needed to explore nature through new eyes and maximize your learning time.
  • The lessons are broken down into bite sized chunks. There are 6 modules designed to be done over 12 weeks at a relaxed pace.
  • Each module has a
    • A series of videos guiding you step by step along your learning pathway,
    • A printable workbook,
    • A guided nature challenge to perform outdoors in your community or your favourite local natural area,
    • A Live “Virtual Campfire” Video Conference Call with the Instructors.


Community & Continual Inspiration

- So much of the learning and inspiration comes through the questions that are asked by the students of each other. The course provides many opportunities for participants to feed off each others growth and inspiration.

- A place to post your pictures, videos, lessons, share your stories, and cool articles and resources you come across.

 

"Because of this course, I feel we are both more observant of what is around us and can better interpret the signs of our animal friends. Our time in nature has become more slowed and enjoyable. It has allowed for many more questions and curiosities as well."

- Dara Stanley


Your Instructor


Chris Gilmour
Chris Gilmour

Chris Gilmour has dedicated the last 20 yrs of his life to building his relationship with the land and learning how to best help others growth their own knowledge and relationship with nature. He is passionate about reading the natural landscape through the art and science of tracking, reading bird language and practicing ancient wilderness living skills and modern survival. He is certified by Cyber Tracker International with his Level 3 Animal Track & Sign Interpretation and has taught hundreds of people about tracking through his work with the p.i.n.e project, Sticks & Stones Wilderness School & Earth Tracks Outdoors School. He also teacher Wildlife Tracking, Bird Language and Ecology at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario.


Behind the Scenes

Meet Kim Smith from Camera in the Woods. Kim is a professional wildlife videographer, outdoor adventurer, and one rad girl in general. Kim was a past student of the original version of this course and filmed all the video for the new one. She is passionate about helping others connect with nature through the magic of the camera lens and has a particular passion for encouraging females to grow in outdoor film and video! Check her work out on Instagram, @camera_in_the_woods

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Virtual Campfire Schedule

The "Virtual Campfires" are an opportunity to get additional mentoring and build real relationships with the course instructors and other students. Attending the live sessions is NOT required, you can go at your own pace and watch the replays if you do not attend live.

We gather via video conference twice a month to deliver additional teachings, give you a chance to ask questions, and it is an opportunity to connect with and learn from other students in the course.

All sessions will be recorded and available to watch afterwards if you miss the live event.

Length: 1 to 1.5hrs

Time: 9pm EST (6pm PST)

When: Mostly on Tuesday Evenings starting in January 2020

2020 Schedule:

January 6 (Monday), 28

February 11, 25

March 10, 24

 



"I wanted to learn how to track animals because I'm interested in animal behaviour and wildlife photography...plus it's just fascinating on its own."

- Melissa McCeney



"Hikes, walks, camping trips became much more interesting, making me a bit less of a clueless passenger and more of an active observer of my environment."

- Rafael Etges, Past Student

This Course is Designed to:

  • Deepen your connection with the natural world and wildlife in powerful ways.
  • Enhance your knowledge of how animals live, what they have to teach us, and the intricacies of how they influence and interact with their environment.
  • Help you interpret the ancient and almost forgotten language of nature through the tracks and signs they leave behind and the sounds they make.
  • Enhance your enjoyment and sense of wonder in the great outdoors or even your own backyard.
  • Help teachers and educators develop their skill sets and have more to offer their students.
  • Help other outdoor professionals build their knowledge of wildlife and ecology.

Are you ready to open nature’s story book,

learn it's forgotten language,

& transform the way you see the natural world?

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