Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center

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Programs - 2012 and 2013

Oct 6 & 7 (Saturday and Sunday): Fall Tracking Intensive - Quabbin
Oct 27 (Saturday): A Day in Bear Country - The Berkshire Mountains
Nov 10 (Saturday): Exploring Ecological Niches - with Bob Leverett, the guru of old-growth trees - Charlemont, Massachusetts
Dec 8 (Saturday): Animals Preparing for Winter, with Alcott Smith - Brandon, Vermont
January 12, 2013 (Saturday): Family Intro to Animal Tracking - New Salem, Massachusetts
January 19, 2013 (Saturday): Tracking, Relearning an Ancient Art - New Salem, Massachusetts
January 26, 2013 (Saturday): Moonlight Snowshoe - Petersham, Massachusetts
Feb 2, 2013 (Saturday): Bobcats in Vermont, with Alcott Smith - Fairhaven, Vermont
Feb 10, 2013 (Sunday): Tracking Eastern Coyote - New Salem, Massachusetts
Feb 17, 2013 (Sunday): Tracking Quabbin Carnivores - New Salem, Massachusetts
Feb 23, 2013 (Saturday): Tracking Canada Lynx - Greenville Maine (Near Moosehorn Lake and Baxter State Park)
April 6, 2013 (Saturday): Tree I.D. with Bob Leverett - Monroe State Forest
May 11, 2013 (Saturday): Birding by Ear and Eye, with John Green - Belchertown, Massachusetts
May 18, 2013 (Saturday): Tracking, The Finer Details, with Kent Hicks - Chesterfield, Massachusetts
May 25, 2013 (Saturday): Great Places with Bob Leverett - Negus Mountain, Rowe, Massachusetts
June 29 & 30, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday): Spring Tracking Intensive - Quabbin
July & August, 2013 - Black Bear Research Project, Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut
Please note that all of the above programs are open-enrollment, for the general public. To book private programs, please contact us via email and/or phone: walnuthilltracking@verizon.net/978-544-6083

Special Event

Hosted by Paul Rezendes, February 2 & 3, 2013

Hi all,
Most of you know that I don't usually watch movies, maybe one every five years or so. I recently saw the movie "I Am". It asks the questions: What's wrong with our world?" and "What can we do about it?" The movie, in my opinion, sees the human problem as separation, separation from nature, and separation from our true nature or essence. A lot of us could agree with that. But to me, the movie doesn't go quite far enough. It doesn't go to what is the fundamental act of separation. And if separation is the problem, what is its root, and who or what is going to fix it? I have tried to communicate about this since I was about 30 years old, first through teaching yoga, then through teaching tracking, writing "The Wild Within," and through discussions groups.
It is time for another discussion group! Time for us to get together on the question of separation. I really feel that there needs to be some communication about this. The discussion will be facilitated by myself and my friend, Dan Kilpatrick. It will be an open inquiry into the root of separation. There will be no time constraints. We will pause and take breaks as we need to. People will also be able to come and go as they please.
We will meet at Earthlands in Petersham, MA on Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday February 3rd, 2013. On Saturday we'll begin at 1030 AM and Sunday at 0900 AM.
Earthlands is off-the-grid and very rustic. It is heated by wood alone, and is an earth-based community that is not interested in unnecessary creature comforts, although there are indoor flush toilets. If you want to stay overnight, there is a $40 fee. You would have to bring your own sleeping bag and backpacker-style mattress. For rental of the lodge, we have a cost of $200 for the 2 days. We ask that you chip in whatever you can. It is not a requirement for attendance. Dan and I will make up the difference if we don't collect enough to cover the rental fee. We suggest bringing enough food for the day or to share with others. Kitchen facilities are available. Depending on snow depth, you may have to hike in to the lodge, maybe about a quarter mile. The hike could be longer if you can't park in the parking lot closest to the lodge.
Directions to Earthlands: Earthlands
There are other accommodations in the area for an overnight stay. Please contact these establishments directly to make your own arrangements. See these listings: Area Lodging
Please RSVP to let me know if you are coming, and if you have any questions, email me at: photos@paulrezendes.com
Let's all make this happen. Hope to see you there.
Paul
Paul Rezendes Photography, 3833 Bearsden Road, Royalston, MA 01368-9400 USA Tel: 978 249-8810 photos@paulrezendes.com http://www.paulrezendes.com



Special Event: Animal Tracking at Bent of the River Audubon Sanctuary, Southbury, Connecticut.

A joint program presented by Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center and National Audubon

Bent of the River is a 650-acre nature center and sanctuary, lying in the watersheds of the Pomperaug River and Little Pootatuck Brook, near the confluence with the Housatonic River.
The Bent encompasses many ecosystems including deciduous and coniferous forest, rocky ledges, grasslands, old meadows, vernal pools, red maple swamps, and riverine habitats. Audubon owns both sides of the Pomperaug River for almost a mile, an undisturbed and wild environment where beaver, muskrat, river otter, and mink can all be found, and Bald eagles regularly fish. The sanctuary includes about fifteen miles of hiking trails through a wide variety of habitats.
Join Nick & Valerie Wisniewski in a full day of exploration of animal tracks and sign at this amazing location. Staff of the Audubon Center will be available to provide a historical perspective on the sanctuary. Proceeds will help benefit Bent of the River.
Audubonís mission: conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 10 am - 3 pm
Location: Southbury, Connecticut
Activity Level: Moderate
Walnut Hill Tracking & Center Yearly Membership (valid for one year): Contact us to subscribe: 978-544-6083
Level 1: $100 - entitles you to 2 one-day programs plus a 50% discount on all subsequent one-day programs.
Level 2: $250 - entitles you to attend all one-day programs.
Level 3: $500 - entitles you to attend all one-day programs, all multi-day programs, plus special unadvertised events.
Teacherís Discount:
All school teachers are eligible for a 50% discount on one-day programs taught by Nick & Valerie. We believe in education! Contact us to receive the discount: 978-544-6083

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Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center
Nick Wisniewski and Valerie Major, co-founders
Valerie Major began her life-long study of nature accompanying her father in the forests of Arkansas. She continued her training as a fifteen-year student and three-year apprentice with Paul Rezendes. She has taught outdoor skills to youth and adults for twenty-five years. Valerie keeps a link with her native heritage as a board member and teacher at the Eastern American Indian Cultural Center. Valerie encourages the spirit of inquiry and exploration through her primitive, experiential, teaching method.
Nick Wisniewski is an expert on animal tracks and sign. He was a long-term student and three-year apprentice of master tracker Paul Rezendes, with whom he maintains close personal ties. His on-going tracking projects include animal surveys for wildlife sanctuaries, and a multi-year effort to document Mountain Lion track and sign in southern New England. A life-long naturalist, he became fascinated by tracking in 1984 after encountering fresh Wolf scat and tracks while on an extended solo trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in Minnesota. His passion is using animal tracking as a unifying method for nature study and exploration.


Our goal is to share the excitement and wonder we experience in the natural world. The curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities for exploration. Our guest instructors are highly qualified, well-respected experts in their fields. They bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge to our programs.

Special Guest Teachers
Bob Leverett is the East's premier interpreter of old growth forests and is credited with discovering many of the previously unrecognized ancient sites here in the northeast. Bob's expertise is unparalled and his opinion is highly sought by professional forest experts, conservation organizations, and the general public. His encyclopedic knowledge of trees and the forest is matched only by his infectious enthusiasm. He has discovered many places of majestic beauty in his search for "the monarchs of the forest."
Alcott Smith is an ecologist of the highest caliber and conducts research and leads field trips for many conservation organizations in New England. From his childhood he has maintained a lifelong commitment and unwavering allegiance to the indigenous fauna of northern New England. Beyond an active role in the perpetuity of endangered species, he revels in sharing his passion with others and excels in his ability to bring to life the relationship between our wild fauna and its habitat.
Kent Hicks uses his tracking skills to assist local and state authorities and search and rescue teams in locating lost and missing persons. He has trained Royal Canadian Mounted Police, FBI agents and other law enforcement personnel. Kent's tracking knowledge of humans and animals is unexcelled. An "un-sung" talent, he is considered by many trackers to be the region's leading expert on aging of tracks and sign.
John Green is a reknowned naturalist and professional photographer. He has lived in Western Massachusetts for over thirty years and travels widely exploring and documenting nature with his awe-inspiring photography. We are honored to have him join our teaching staff!


"Ultimately, tracking an animal makes us sensitive to it-- a bond is formed,an intimacy develops.
We begin to realize that what is happening to the animals and to the planet is actually happening to us. We are all one.
Tracking and reading sign help us to learn not only about the animals that walk in the forest -- what they are doing and where they are going -- but also about ourselves.
For me, this interconnection
is survival knowledge and the true value of tracking an animal."

- Paul Rezendes, Tracking and the Art of Seeing

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Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center
325 Walnut Hill Rd, Orange MA 01364Phone: 978-544-6083
E-mail: walnuthilltracking@verizon.net