Founded by Tony and Molly Deis in 2004, Trackers Northwest grew out of a shared love for ecology, the wilderness, and the wildlife that make the outdoors so incredible. A gardening enthusiast when he was a teen, Tony Deis soon realized his passion for permaculture and the outdoors. Going on to serve as a consultant in environmental education, Mr. Deis gained much expertise through the graduate sustainability program at Portland State University and a number of adventure education workshops. Molly Deis fuses her interest in music and the outdoors, operating as an avid cellist and founding member of Trackers Northwest. Other key members of the Trackers Northwest team include Mariners Guild Coordinator & Youth Instructor Maude Bowman, After School & Rover’s Chieftain Jamey Proudstar Espinoza, and Wilders Guild Coordinator & Youth Instructor Darcy Bedortha. Among the many courses Trackers Northwest provides, some of the more popular programs are the Wilderness Survival and Wildlife Tracking courses. With hands-on activities and instruction in outdoors skills, the Wilderness Survival course helps each student learn strategies in survival, while also being one with the natural world. By learning primitive technologies, individuals understand how nature can provide and give back in times of need. In the Wildlife Tracking course, students gain immense knowledge about the animals they track, engaging with nature and comprehending patterns and various animal behaviors. Youth courses may also be enjoyed through summer camps, custom programs, and after-school activities.
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