Lynx Tracking Expeditions 2018


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 the weekend 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.

Read a tracking account (written from the point of view of a Canada Lynx that we tracked in 2017), by Tamara Anderson and Ann Schletz

Here’s what past participants have said:

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


  • February 16 – 19, 2018. (Meet in Jackman, Maine at 3pm on Fri, Feb 16.  Program ends in Jackman at 8am on Mon Feb 19.) This trip is now FULL.
  • February 23 – 26, 2018.  (Meet in Jackman, Maine at 3pm on Fri, Feb 23.  Program ends in Jackman at 8am on Mon Feb 26.) This trip is now FULL.


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

Cost: $395 – 550 sliding scale.  (The true cost is $450 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.

To be added to the wait list, complete the registration form below. Mention which trip you prefer.

Once you are accepted from the wait list into the program, follow these instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. Complete a Medical Form by clicking the tab at the bottom of this page.
  3. Your spot is secure once we have received your registration and payment.
  4. Any remaining balance is due January 1.

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