Lynx Tracking Expedition 2017


Join Vermont Wilderness School for a long weekend on the trail of one of the most elusive carnivores of the Northeast. The Canada Lynx is built for deep snows, long winters, and big wilderness – all found in the vast lands of Northern Maine.  We will spend three days together tracking, trailing, learning winter ecology, and building connection with the grey ghost of the North!

Led by experienced VWS instructor Bob Etzweiler (Registered Maine Guide) and special guest Michelle Van Naerssen of Wilderness Awareness School in Washington state. We’ll also meet with some local guides/ trackers to learn about wildlife populations, forest management, and some of the issues facing by the community of Jackman.

Evenings are spent around the fire in our cabins, where we’ll share meals and stories of the day.

Read Bob Etzweiler’s reflections on the 2015 trip.

Here’s what last year’s participants had to say:

img_2639-1This weekend was a great introduction to tracking for someone with a lot of enthusiasm but no real experience. I felt welcomed from the moment I arrived. I particularly appreciated the instructors teaching style, which encouraged curiosity, creativity and collaboration.    — Amelia Walker, NYC

One of the most rewarding nature driven trips I have ever been on.   The storytime, the books, the skulls, the tracking, the laughter…everything was superb! — Jessica Schindler, NY State

This is an excellent program for trackers at all levels, from novice to people interested in trailing. Bob and Michelle are excellent mentors, and I intend to return next year.    — Erik Downes, Seattle, WA

Dates: Friday, Feb 17 – Monday, Feb 20, 2017. This trip is now FULL. (Group size is limited to 10.)

**UPDATE** Because so many people are interested this year, we are adding a second trip.

All information below describes the second trip:

Dates: Friday, Feb 24 – Sunday, Feb 26, 2017.  If 8 or more people register, we will be able to run this trip.  Register soon!

Cost: $370 – 520 sliding scale.  (True cost is $420 per participant.) Cost includes cabin lodging and instruction. Participants bring own breakfast and lunch, and contribute to potluck dinners.

Location: Near Jackman, ME. We will organize carpooling prior to the workshop.

Led by: experienced VWS instructor Bob Etzweiler (Registered Maine Guide) and special guest Neill Bovaird, founder and director of Wolf Tree Programs.

To reserve your spot:

  1. Complete the registration form below.
  2. Pay in full, or pay just a $150 deposit.
    • Make a secure online payment by credit card or Paypal by using the payment box at right. —>
    • OR
    • Send a check payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” to: VWS, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.
  3. Complete a Medical Form by clicking the tab at the bottom of this page.
  4. Your spot is secure once we have received your registration and payment.
  5. Any remaining balance is due January 15.

See our scholarship and cancellations policy page for more information about payment.