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About us, About you

Our Story

Tony and Molly Deis founded Trackers Earth in 2004. Tony based Trackers on his personal work in outdoor education since 1992. Since then, both parent and student referral has grown Trackers into a national leader for outdoor camps and programs.

Tony often says that Trackers has more in common with his big Italian family than conventional outdoor education. We are made up of compassionate individuals who focus on caring for their family and yours, competence and eloquence in all that they do and of course, gathering together for great food.

What is Trackers Earth?

Trackers Earth exists to re-create a village of people connected through family and the land. We lead the way in education and collaborative organization. Our method is to revive outdoor lore and traditional skills, working to restore the common sense that is no longer common. Our vision is to help foster a deep appreciation for the natural world and community.

A Family Organization

Trackers is a family organization. We are not simply limited to one family. Like a true village, siblings, parents, spouses, friends, and elders from many different kinds of families work side-by-side for the greater good. We value instilling care and respect for the natural world and the community we serve. With Trackers you often get the feeling of "old friends that just met".

About Safety

Trackers leads the way in standards of safety for outdoor camps and programs. We cultivate experienced and mature staff that allow us to teach real skills. We seek to bring environmental education back to true adventure in the out of doors. Trackers is at the forefront of blending "old school" outdoor education with new and leading standards of safety, responsibility and personalized learning. Learn more about our safety policies, programs and philosophies from our blog.

The Way of the Guilds

Story is at the heart of all great education and adventure. We believe our lives on this Earth can be epic. All of Trackers camps, classes and productions can also be seen as great theater. Joining Trackers for a day, a week or longer can feel like joining the circus or taking parting in a forgotten yet familiar myth.

We offer prestidigitation, epic quests, ancients arts and remarkable fellowship. Throughout all these adventures you get to take part in one or more of our guilds: the Rangers, the Wilders, the Mariners and the Artisans. Learn more about the Guilds

Remembering Who We Are

It seems that today people have forgotten what it means to be connected to land and community. Trackers exists to help you remember your story. To remind all of us of our connections to land, family and village. If you are ready, if both old and new ways call to you, than join our village and help us remember the Wild.

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

Mariners Guild

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The Mariners Guild trains us in the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may study water ecology to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

In the Mariner's wood shop, we may build a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, Mariners always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild, you can count coming home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

Artisans Guild

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The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.