Wildwood Trackers held meetings in what might be called the
"Study Groups" format.
Study Group Meeting format
Wildwood Trackers meetings
are called "Study Groups", in order to reflect their focused nature.
The phrase "Study Group" does
not refer to a specific group of people, but rather to the nature of the
The Wildwood Trackers "Study Group" meetings
study, practice, and discussion of survival skills, nature (plants,
birds, animals, etc), tracking, awareness, caretaking, and more.
Each meeting will have one or more topics to focus on for the day.
Study Group format meetings
are usually oriented towards adults.
are open to those who:
share an interest and passion in the day's topics,
have a willingness to focus on these topics,
have at least a bare minimum of
knowledge of the day's topics (even if that's just from reading
about the topics)
Please don't come
unless this describes you. If
this does describe you, then you are
most welcome to attend!!
Please come regardless of your experience and skill level,
but please only come
if you have a lot of interest in
the day's topics.
The study groups
sharing and learning of knowledge and skills. The overall
philosophy of the meetings is that everyone has something to share and
something to learn.
start promptly on time. We
don't wait around for
There's no leader
as such, unless someone has come specifically to share their knowledge and
experience on a particular topic.
The time spent on food preparation and eating
will be minimal. Bring your own lunch and water unless
Trackers Age Policy
The minimum age to attend meetings for people coming on
their own is 18 years old.
Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is
responsible for them. Please
ahead of time to ensure that the meeting topic is appropriate for the
This policy is in place partly for liability and insurance reasons, and
partly because Wildwood Trackers meetings are usually oriented towards adults.
Sorry if this excludes you, but this is the reality of today's world!
More details and
Children and minors:
The Study Group meetings are usually not designed with
children in mind.
The reasoning behind this is that the nature of the Study group format is
such that children may tend to be a distraction, since the focused nature of
the meeting may provide little for them to do. The essence of the meetings
is to share knowledge and learn from each other, not to teach novices all
about survival, tracking, nature and related topics. Children are usually,
by virtue of their age, novices at these topics.
As well, children generally tend to get bored easily unless activities are
geared specifically towards them.
Additionally, many meetings involve a lot of off-trail hiking
and children may not be able to keep up. The group
is often some distance away from a trail or route back to our starting
point. Therefore it may simply not be possible to leave early due to your
child needing to go home (or whatever). And we have at times negotiated some
very thickly forested areas. Even carrying a child in a backpack can be challenging
and even hazardous to the child in some areas.
If you are new to Wildwood
Wildwood Trackers is open to
all who have a genuine interest in the meeting topics.
However, Wildwood Tracker meetings are NOT wide open to the general public,
come one, come all.
Therefore please note that in order to
attend a meeting or get onto the mailing list, I need to
know a little bit about your interest in the group. Please
email the organizer (Walter Muma)
and tell me a little bit about yourself.
Please also have a look at
the Past Meeting reports, to get an idea of
what the meetings are like.
General practical information about
VERIFY THE MEETING DATE & LOCATION:
If you plan on attending a particular meeting, please
email me to let me know that you
All meetings are subject to change or cancellation on short notice due to
unforeseen or unexpected circumstances. Always check this
website for the latest information!
WHEN TO ARRIVE:
Please be on time. Latecomers will miss the group's departure, and/or may
distract the group from their work.
WHAT TO BRING:
Bring your notebooks,
and other materials to aid you in your participation and learning of the
day's topic. See the meeting description for
FOOD & WATER:
You will usually have to bring your own lunch and water. Often there are no facilities where we go for the
day. See the
meeting description for more details.
For directions to a meeting click the "Directions" link for the
meeting. Directions are password protected for
privacy reasons (some of the meeting locations are at people's homes).
Please read the Wildwood Trackers Age Policy (above).
- No pets.
- No alcohol or drugs.
- Please refrain from smoking,
during either indoor or outdoor activities, as some participants may find
the smoke to be irritating &/or allergenic.
- Please avoid personal fragrances as some people find these to be
irritating &/or allergenic.
participate in the meetings entirely at their own risk
The meeting hosts and facilitators (if any) assume no responsibility
for participants' well being and safety! Take responsibility for your own
All persons participating must agree that they are
for their own safety during any outing or meeting!
Possible future Study Group topics
plant identification, edible,
tracking: tracking box, in the
wild, follow a trail as far as possible, mapping trails, trail analysis, in
snow, not in snow, etc.
bird identification and study,
possibly including "bird language" as taught by Jon Young
how would we survive
"right here, right now" if we had to: fire, water, food, shelter
caretaking: techniques, actual
bow drill from scratch in the
other fire making methods
seldom addressed survival
movement: fox walk, stalking,
other walks taught by Tom
awareness: sit spots,
concentric rings, movement, communication with nature, etc.
blindfold exercises: drum
stalk, rope walk, touch, expand senses, etc.
stone tools, flintknapping
traps and snares, throwing
survival in specific
environments, such as wetlands, rocky areas, prairies, etc.
what Nature is doing to get
ready for Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn: birds, animals, plants, insects, etc.
collection of wild edibles
shelters: different seasons,
different types. The group could make one shelter together.
navigation: with and without map and compass
primitive cooking methods
birch bark containers
primitive methods of preserving food
primitive hunting methods