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Intro to Canoe & Wildlife Tracking

The River's Path
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*This is not a queer-specific program—anyone is welcome!*

Canoeing and wildlife tracking are a perfect pair! Join us on a float down the Lower St Vrain River, an ecosystem full of two-leggeds, four-leggeds, and no leggeds…and learn how to figure out who these animals are and where they are going!

Prepare yourself for a relaxed wilderness canoeing experience amidst the farms and ranches of Boulder & Weld counties. Come meet the family of bald eagles that lives close by, the two families of great horned owls, or the monstrous snapping turtle that has shown up on many of our journeys. You may also see a mink, some snowy egrets, yellow-headed blackbirds, great blue herons, and more! There is always something new to see and learn.

Animal tracks and sign are a sort of language, telling stories of both the mundane and the unusual aspects of the lives of wild animals. Learning to decipher what is ‘written’ on the earth is a way of listening to the land, whether utilized as a form of ecological monitoring and citizen science, a contemplative or spiritual practice, or both.

We will spend time getting the basics of clear print identification and the distinguishing features of major biological families. This will naturally lead us to touch on animal behavior and movement. We will wander some local riparian areas, see a rich area of tracks and try to discern what they are together. Hopefully we’ll have time to plaster-cast some tracks, too.

We’ll spend about 4 hours on a 8-mile section of the lower St. Vrain river, canoeing and looking for tracks.

No canoeing experience is necessary and we will provide basic instruction and orientation at the beginning of every trip, including learning river safety, paddle strokes, and how to read the river and work with the current. All of your river gear (boat, lifejacket, & paddle) will be provided. We also provide dry bags for your belongings.

This workshop is open to people of all gender identities.

Sliding scale: $85-$120. Course fee includes all equipment, canoe and tracking instruction.

Tracking instructors: Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd & So Faun.
Canoe Instructor: Lauren Bond Kovsky