FAQ

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1. Who should take this class?
2. Should I take this class instead of some other class?
3. Is this class easy?

4. Do I have to live in the southwestern USA to be accepted into the course?
5. How do I apply for admission?
6. Who qualifies for admission?
7. How does this class differ from other tracking classes?
8. How good will I be at track & sign identification after taking this class?
9. Will I get a certificate if I take this class?

1. Who should take this class?
This course is designed for beginning and intermediate trackers. Applicants who are involved in some aspect of wildlife conservation are given precedence in admission.

2. Should I take this class instead of some other class?
Not necessarily. In-person classes offered by top-notch  tracking schools provide a superior experience. Our courses are primarily intended for persons who do not have the opportunity to attend such classes. We suggest that interested persons look at the list of tracking schools at
NatureTracking.

3. Is this class easy?
No. Most of our questions are based on photographs of partial an obscure tracks.

Beginning trackers should expect to devote about 3-4 hours per week and intermediate students should expect to devote 1.5-2 hours per week to the class.

4. Do I have to live in the southwestern USA to be accepted into the course?

No. We focus on species found in San Diego County because we have thousands of photographic examples of tracks and signs from that area. The approach that we use to track & sign identification is applicable to species from any region. Our students have come from as far away as the east coast of the US, Mexico, and Canada.

5. How do I apply for admission?
Make an inquiry by using the contact form at this site.


6. Who qualifies for admission?
We give precedence to applicants who are currently making a contribution to wildlife conservation or who intend to apply track & sign identification to some aspect of wildlife conservation. This can be as simple as being a member of iNaturalist, volunteering at an animal shelter, or helping with beach cleanups. A wide range of activities qualify. We have found that people who are involved in wildlife conservation make the most serious and dedicated students.

7. How does this class differ from other tracking classes?
This course emphasizes detailed observation and objective comparison of the track features of multiple species to come to a conclusion in track & sign identification. It is highly analytical.

8. How good will I be at track & sign identification after taking this class?
That can't be predicted. Students who complete the course will have acquired skill in using multi-factor reasoning in track & sign identification. However, it is essential that students supplement their learning with time in the field. Students that have the strongest interest and who consistently take the initiative to go tracking in the field that become the best trackers. This is true whether or not they take our course. Our course simply seems to accelerate a particular learning phase for such individuals.

9. Will I get a certificate if I take this class?
Students who follow instructions, answer all exercise questions, and who respond to all follow-up questions receive a completion certificate. These students are also entitled to observe (i.e., no interaction) all future offerings of the course.