Naturalist Ventures offers a variety of expeditions, courses and other events that include emphasis in one or more of the activities listed below. For a list of learning resources and further information about each discipline, visit that sections' specific webpage.
One of the world's oldest pursuits, humans have been recognizing and following animal tracks since we came into existence. Tracking teaches you what animals inhabit or pass through an area and indicates what they were doing (feeding, running from predators, etc.) and how recently they were in the area.
Our expert guides will help you find and identify these tracks and in some situations "trail" the animal to its current location (without disturbing it). For more information and links to other resources, visit the wildlife tracking/trailing section of our site.
This is an ancient skill practiced by most indigenous cultures (they depended on it for their survival) and involves interpreting the meaning of bird communications versus simple bird identification or song recognition. While it often incorporates the latter, it deals more with what birds are saying rather than just who said it.
This can be broken down into two major categories: baseline behavior (singing, feeding, preening, etc.) and alarms (predator activity). Bird language is sometimes referred to as "real-time" tracking because it can tell you what animals are on the move and what they are up to at any given moment, and our experts will show you how to understand this amazing dialogue. For more information and links to other resources, visit the bird language section of our site.
During prehistoric times, humans discovered numerous strategies utilizing the resources around them to live in a variety of environments. While the particulars vary depending on climate, topography, and type of flora and fauna available, the basic essentials of building shelther, finding reliable sources of food and water, as well as making fire, tools, and getting access to other useful materials are universal.
Our instructors will teach you the methods for how to survive (and thrive) in particular habitat. For more information and links to other resources, visit the wilderness survival section of our site.