Welcome to the February 2009 Alderleaf eNewsletter from Alderleaf Wilderness College.

In this issue...

1.) Feature Article: Identifying Wild Mushrooms
There is nothing quite like coming upon a strange and wonderful mushroom on a walk or wander...

2.) New! Permaculture Design 101 Class
Come learn about this revolutionary sustainable design system!

3.) Special Tracking Workshop with Susan Morse!
Join award-winning wildlife biologist, Susan Morse, for two days learning about cougar, black bear, and more...

4.) Tracking Expedition to South Africa!
Gain hands-on field experience tracking African wildlife with expert South African trackers...

Feature Article: Identifying Wild Mushrooms

By Filip Tkaczyk

There is nothing quite like coming upon a strange and wonderful mushroom on a walk or wander. For many of us the next step is mushroom identification. To bring some fabulous fungi from the field and to the table can be a great pleasure, and gathering can complement a hike or walk through the woods.... (read more)

New! Permaculture Design 101 Class

Sunday, March 8th, 2009 - Spend a day learning about the basics of permaculture - a revolutionary sustainable design system! The course covers what permaculture means, where its happening, and how to get started. Taught by Dave Boehnlein and Paul Kearsley. (Learn more!)

Special Tracking Workshop with Susan Morse!

April 25-26, 2009 - Join award-winning tracker and wildlife biologist, Susan Morse (featured on NPR and in Audubon magazine), for a special carnivore tracking workshop. Learn about cougar, bobcat, lynx, and black bear while hiking through beautiful terrain. Gain unique insights into their tracks, sign, scent marking behaviors, and feeding sites. (Learn more!)

Tracking Expedition to South Africa - Registration Open!

July 3-18, 2009 - A unique tracking opportunity! Gain hands-on field experience tracking African animals at breath-taking locations including the Mabula Game Reserve and Greater Kruger National Park. Learn under the guidance of senior tracker, Adriaan Louw and Track & Sign Specialist, Mark Stavrakis. (Learn more!)


Now is great time to be planning for next year's Wilderness Certification Program! Applications are being accepted. You can learn more about the Certification Program at:


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