Animal tracking is a great skill to have, especially when you spend a lot of time in the wilderness. It helps you avoid animals you may not want to cross and paying attention to your surroundings in order to track animals gives you a new appreciation for nature.
Because knowing how to track animals is so useful, the Fulltime Families Explorers spent the month of August learning all about animal tracking. They listened, looked, and were extra aware during their hikes and walks, and found some pretty incredible signs that animals were in the area.
What We Did
Throughout the month of August, the Explorers read books and watched videos about how to track animals. They visited wilderness areas, zoos, and even their own campsites in order to try a bit of tracking of their own. A few Explorers found scat, some heard distinctive animal calls and sounds, some found feathers, and several saw animal tracks in the mud. These observant trackers found signs of earthworms, elk, deer, coyotes, dogs, bears, birds, mountain lions, and more.
Every person who participated sent in a video, photo, or explanation of their project, giving other Explorers a chance to admire their hard work and allowing us to award them their Animal Tracking pin and certificate.
What We Learned
The Explorers program hopes to help kids develop skills they can use for the rest of their lives. We also hope to introduce children to new interests. By learning how to track animals, many Explorers discovered a new passion for nature, and all participants gathered some new skills to add to their toolboxes.
The following Explorers participated and deserve to be congratulated on their hard work:
- Michael Jr
Want to join Explorers and learn some valuable life skills? We always have room for more. Go to this page to find out how you can jump into the fun!