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Congrats to Michelle!, Garter Snakes, & Upcoming Courses - Alderleaf eNews, July 2017
July 27, 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 eNewsletter from Alderleaf Wilderness College!

In this issue...

1.) Huge Congrats to Michelle!
Former Alderleaf instructor and AWCP graduate, Michelle Peziol, just became the first female Track & Sign Evaluator in the United States!...

2.) Featured Article: Garter Snakes of Western WA
Learn about the fascinating species and subspecies of garter snakes found in Western Washington...

3.) Upcoming Courses at Alderleaf
Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants, Wildlife Tracking, Wilderness Survival, & More! See what's coming up...



Huge Congrats to Michelle!

Former Alderleaf instructor and Wilderness Certification Program graduate, Michelle Peziol, just became the first female CyberTracker Track & Sign Evaluator in the United States! A tremendous accomplishment!


Michelle leading her first evaluation.

We can't say enough how proud and excited we are for Michelle! She set this challenging long-term goal for herself eight years ago when the Alderleaf program first inspired her to pursue a career with wildlife tracking.


Michelle getting ready to award certificates to her first group of Track & Sign Evaluation participants.

After graduating AWCP, Michelle encouraged and empowered subsequent classes of Alderleaf students through her instructor role, then as a guest teacher during our field trips to visit the Teton Cougar Project where she has been working. We know her accomplishments will continue to inspire future Alderleafers and trackers everywhere!

Thanks for being proof that big dreams are possible with determination and hard work!



Considering attending the Wilderness Certification Program?

There's still time to apply for the 2017-2018 school year of the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program (AWCP) that begins September 5th!

Learn more or apply at the Wilderness Certification Program page.



Featured Article: Garter Snakes of Western WA

By Chris Byrd

When most people think about the fauna of the western portion of Washington State snakes are not the first animals to spring to mind. The cool, rainy climate that predominates for the majority of the year makes it difficult for most reptiles to successfully reproduce. One major exception to the low reptile diversity rule that occurs in the region lies with the garter snakes...(continue reading)



Calendar of Upcoming Courses

Registration is open. Several classes are full. Check out what's scheduled for the coming months:

Dates: Course: Cost:
Aug 5-6 Knife Making Course (full) $450
Aug 11-13 Hide Tanning Course $300
Aug 19-20 Wilderness Survival Course $250
Aug 19-20 Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants Course $250
Aug 25-27 Wooden Bow Making Course $300
Aug 26-27 Wildlife Tracking Course $250
Sep 5 Wilderness Certification Program begins $12,950
Sep 8 Advanced Wilderness Skills Program begins $12,950
Sep 16-17 Knife Making Course (full) $450
Sep 23 Wild Mushroom Identification Class $85
Sep 30 Wild Mushroom Identification Class $85
Oct 7 Wild Mushroom Identification Class $85
Oct 7-8 Knife Making Course $450
Oct 14 Wild Mushroom Identification Class $85
Oct 21-22 Axe Forging Course (full) $430
Nov 4-5 Knife Making Course $450
Nov 4-5 Wilderness Survival Course $250
Nov 11 Survival Fire Making Skills Class $85
Nov 18-19 Knife Making Course (full) $450



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