Tracking and Observation 101   with Josh McKinley Saturday, August 8, 2020

10am - 1pm




Tracking and Observation 101 is designed to introduce students to intentional nature observation and to the skill of tracking.  Observation and tracking are two of the oldest skills known to human beings, having been practiced on every continent in the world since antiquity.  During the course students will learn how to use their eyes to detect movement, how to observe intentionally for long periods of time, then make predictions about wildlife activity across the landscape.  Additionally, tracking will be introduced by track observation, identification, and through the “pressure releases” in the track, which indicate the direction of travel.  In our modern age of technology, these primitive skills are easy to overlook, but in the course of a single afternoon it is possible to develop awareness of a whole world of minute details and subtle distinctions right beneath our feet.  

Event Details

No experience is necessary to attend this event, but a healthy curiosity will aid in the development of this skill.  Ages 12 and up welcome. Minor children must be registered with an adult. 

This event is limited to 15 participants

Cost: Individual: $20  / 2 people $35

Things to bring with you:

Sunglasses and a blanket or yoga mat to lay on the ground.  Odorless insect repellent is also recommended. 

A sack lunch and water

Scholarship opportunity for 2 individuals is available for this event. Please send an email with your interest to


Facilitator Bio


Josh is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast, who grew up spending most of his time in the forests, creeks, and swamplands of the southeast. He is a former park ranger, paramedic and firefighter as well as a graduate of various courses from Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School. He currently serves as an instructor for the Sequatchie School for Self Reliance as well as Farm Manager at Rising Fawn Gardens. He specializes in numerous primitive skills including but not limited to plant and tree identification, tracking, flint knapping, fire building, bow making and archery. 


Cancellation Policy

Rising Fawn Gardens has a no refund policy. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from being present, please contact us in advance of the event so that another participant can be provided the opportunity to attend.

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Rising Fawn Gardens

521 Cureton Mill Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Rising Fawn Gardens can be found in Georgia’s northwest corner, an easy 30 minute drive from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee or Fort Payne, Alabama.

We are in the Eastern Time Zone.