Keith founded, designed, and orchestrated the Naturalist Program at the High Mowing School, Wilton NH for 24 years before terminating his tenure (and a 30 year teaching career) and following the ever elusive call toward Wildness. Having over time realized that there is a profound difference between school and education, he continues to pursue the time tested and time honored wisdom gained through the Naturalist Tradition, with the genius of Henry David Thoreau as his guiding example.
February Break Camp
Feb. 26th ~ March 2nd
For Kids K~8th Grade
Native Roots and Jane McCoy (Red Rose kindergarten teacher at Pine Hill) are teaming up to offer a “camp” during the school February Break. Surrounded by 130 acres of conservation land, our daily activities will include outside play and exploration, winter activities (sledding/skating), maple sugering, tracking and naturalist skills, creating herbal products, nature crafts, and more!
Camp will be Monday ~ Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Families will need to provide snack/lunch for their children. The cost is $50/child/day (20% sibling discount, 5% cash discount)
Call Jane at 603-654-2088 for further details!
Tracking and the Art & Science of Winter Ecology
~Saturday workshops offering a full day immersion into the Art & Science of Mammal Tracking~
Winter Ecology will introduce you to the wonderful world of winter in a way where you should never again experience the “winter blues” or “cabin fever”! Winter Ecology is the formal science for the study of interactions among organisms and winter; Tracking, as the oldest form of inscribed knowledge upon the face of the earth, is a potent window of insight into the story of Ecology (the interactions between plant and animal within the places call home), and a re-emerging ancient skill within the modern day Field Ecologist’s tool kit. Winter itself becomes an incomparable classroom for our evolving understanding of relationship within the natural order, as well as a time honored way of increasing awareness and understanding.
Where ~ Lyndeborough, NH When ~ Every 3rd Saturday of the Month Cost ~ $25/day (suggested donation) Time ~ 10am – 4pm Max/Min # of Participants ~ 4-12
Who ~ Youth (12 years to 17 years of age)
Open to doing twice/month (or every Saturday) if sufficient interest exists; call for further information or to request a talk & presentation.
(Dates are 1/20/18; 2/17/18; 3/17/18}
Tracking For Home Schooler’s & UnSchooler’s
Same as the above offering involving the Art & Science of Tracking but offered every Tuesday throughout the Winter Season (January – March) for the Home Schooled and Un-Schooled population. Greater content and greater depth possible when approached weekly as a group, and daily as individuals!
Where ~ Lyndeborough, NH When ~ Every Tuesday (starting January 2018) Cost ~ Call for Group Rate Time ~ 10am – 4pm Max/Min # of Participants ~ 4-12
Who ~ Youth (12 years to 17 years of age)
(January start date is 1/9/18, and every Tuesday thereafter through March)
Recommended Tracking Guides
#1 Mammal Tracks & Sign by Mark Elbroch
The Bible of tracking! If you could only buy one book, this would be it. Everything and more about tracking, and an invaluable resource to the serious student of tracking. Expensive and heavy but worth every cent.
Both of these books are classics and either would be my second choice if I had only one book to buy, and perhaps my first choice for carrying in the field as they are more limited in content, thus lighter in weight!
All three of these make for great reading and are worthy of being on any tracker’s bookshelf! Perhaps some of the best books for getting started without the expense of some of the above listed books. Ideal for Junior and Senior High School age students.
The Next Step: Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign by David Brown Trackards for North American Mammals by David Brown The Art of Tracking: The Origin of Science by Louis Liebenberg Animal Tracking Basic by Jon Young The Trackers Field Guide by James Lowery The Science and Art of Tracking by Tom brown Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking by Tom Brown Practical Tracking by Louis Liebenberg, Andrian Louw, and Mark Elbroch
A serious collection of further readings for the tracker who wishes to take his or her understanding of mammal behavior and field ecology deeper.
Two expensive (hard to find Godin’s) collections for the serious student of mammal behavior and field ecology. Great depth of knowledge and understanding and worth occupying a space on all Naturalist’s bookshelves.
A Guide To Nature In Winter by Donald W. Stokes
One of my favorites for celebrating the wonders of New England Winter!