Tracker Students; Tracker School; Tom Brown Jr.
|We were introduced to the concepts and philosophy of the
"eye of the tracker" through two simple questions: "What
happened here?" and "What is this telling me?"
Grandfather used these questions to begin our journey into the profound
state of awareness that was the hallmark of the "eye of the
tracker." Wherever we explored, wherever we went, we were to hold
these questions foremost in our minds. It was not limited to the tracks
printed on the ground but extended far beyond into the grand world of
creation. In fact, the tracks that we found on the ground were just a
small part of the answers.
-- Tom Brown Jr, from The Science and Art of Tracking
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE IS NOT KEPT UP TO DATE,
and the links and information may no longer be valid.
Contact Tracker Students online
Tracker clubs in Canada
The Tracker School
of the Earth Foundation: The
Children of the Earth Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Tom
and Debbie Brown. Through our Coyote Tracks Programs, our organization
teaches wilderness survival, nature awareness, tracking, and outdoor
environmental education to youth ages 7-17. These programs began in 1999 and
operated under The Tracker, Inc. until the summer of 2001 when The Children
of the Earth Foundation began housing them. Currently, the mainstay of our
programs operates during the summer months. We are working to expand our
programming to be full-time, year-round programs for school age children and
teens. We are also working to bring these programs to youth who are at risk,
and to children who have serious illnesses.
school graduates online communities - meet with other Tracker graduates online
The old Tracker School
website is STILL online at AOL!
There are several Tracker clubs who have an online
forum at Yahoo Groups. Click here for more
instructor's sites (current & former)
Point Tactical Tracking School - Kevin Reeve - former director of
the Tracker School.
"There are few pure trackers left in our society, someone who
can follow footprints and sign across any terrain, tracking an individual or
party until they are found or captured. There are fewer still that can teach
such skills. In a world where terrorism and insurgency are new
reality, where security is a major issue, the use of trackers becomes an
extremely effective tool for pursuit and capture of those who would attempt
to harm our society. We have a uniquely qualified group of trackers,
who have many years of experience in each of these areas. In addition, we
have a very effective training methodology for passing these skills on to
others. We typically train only SAR team members, commissioned law
enforcement officers, and members of the US Military and Allied forces."
Earthwalk Northwest - Karen & Frank
Sherwood - Head instructors at the Tracker School for 15 years, they now run their own
- Joe Lau
- Former Senior Instructor at the Tracker School. See also Jack
Hoban's Living Values and Bujinkan Martial Arts - Jack Hoban is Joe
Lau's martial arts instructor
Tracker Consulting Services -
Reeve - Executive Director of the Tracker School
Earth School -
Richard Cleveland - former Head Instructor at the Tracker School
Woods Wisdom - A school run by
Bob Barr, who
teaches the Tracker School's Wilderness Experience classes. He is ably assisted in
some of the classes by Hilary and Seth, both former instructors at the Tracker School.
NOTE: This site used to be accessed via www.woodswisdom.com
but that domain name now points to a porn site!! If anybody knows the new link
for this school, please Email me.
Wilderness Awareness School - Jon Young - Tom
Brown's first student runs this school
Tracking Guild - "This is an international development
project to capture, preserve, and disseminate the skills, art, and science of
tracking. You, as a member of a greater community, will be guaranteed to learn
a lot more about tracking than you would on your own. Tracking takes more than
a lifetime to learn. People never learn to become master trackers by accident.
We extend, beyond the services of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, an
invitation to all those who are serious about learning the art of tracking and
about giving back to their community in a fun and exciting way, the
opportunity for you to learn tracking at a higher level." -- Jon Young
Earth-Heart - Malcolm
Ringwalt - Malcolm assists Tom at the Philosophy courses
- Founder and director Brandt Morgan co-wrote four book with Tom Brown Jr. - "Thunderheart
is an organization dedicated to helping you reconnect with your true self and
realize your greatest dreams. Classes, workshops, ceremonies, and personalized
coaching and apprenticeship programs combine the teachings of three ancient
and powerful traditions: Toltec, Native American, and the wisdom of the heart."
Sticks and Stones Wilderness School
Sutherland - Preserving Skills that Teach Ecological Wisdom and Community Stewardship
have become a society that kills its grandchildren to feed its children."
Tom Brown Jr.
Sites about Tom Brown and the Tracker School
Sites by Tracker students
Tracker students' experiences
Article on Metroactive about a Standard Class.
Aloha Antarctica -
tracker student Dieter Staudinger and friend attempted to trek to the South
Pole in December 2008.
The Vision Trail
"Tracker School" on ning.com
Read reviews of Tom's books on Amazon.com -
Science and Art of Tracking
Thread about Tom &
Tracker School on "thehighroad.org"
A Tom Brown/Tracker School thread on "Swamp Rat Knife Works forums
A couple of threads on survival.com forums -
Tom Brown Tracker knife
A Photobucket site of pics of the Apr 2007 Standard Class
Tracker School, Standard Class, Seize Life Apr 2007 Standard
experience at Tracker School Jul-Aug 2006
Four Arrows Phoenix
Explorer Troop - Run by Tracker student Peter Wiinholt, who teaches the
young people Tracker skills. Also
Peter's personal website is here.
Now also here.
Alba Wilderness School and Nature
Experiences - A school in Ontario run by several folks, two of whom
are Tracker students. Located about 1½ hours west of Ottawa.
Andrew Koransky's Tracker pages
Archive - An archive of posts from the Trackers Internet mailing list, by date
John Wall's Tracking
or go to his home
Also visit his other site:
Hill. And John Wall's Photo site.
Earthway Network - a network of
"Earthway"-minded indiviuals and organisations. Includes "Tracker's Den":
scout raid stories & tales, "feel good" stories and poems,
"how-to" section (tracking, bowmaking, flintknapping, firemaking, and more),
events and announcements, list & schedules of tracking clubs, resources.
Leaves - Nature blog. After the end of 2005 this site will be located
Juli Kessler's website (Switzerland)
- includes a section with photos of a shelter
Geoffrey Haynes has
posted some Tracker class photos
Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Tracking Team
Ray Jardine's web site
includes a page on
Trackers in Switzerland (I think - I can't read German!) - lots of
Gatherer Institute: "Half a year ago, the Borough of
South Toms River decided to develop its last tract of wilderness, an 88-acre
parcel which was once part of Tom Brown's backyard- (Our town borders Toms
native Beachwood), and pretty much the only parcel still undeveloped in this
area. I proposed to the town that instead of developing the tract, I could
run programs in those woods. The town agreed. We ran primitive survival
skills classes, using Tom's caretaker, Matt as an instructor...."
Journey is the Vision
Michigan - "In 2001 I became aware of Tom Brown Jr.
and a local student of his that was teaching Wilderness Awareness and
Survival Skills. In the time since then I have spent many waking hours
reading about this subject and trying to find other ways to learn these
skills. I have stumbled across other teachers and
other organizations that are trying to teach people about the outdoors and
the birds, mammals and other creatures that exist there. It is my intent
that this site and the printed newsletter will help others find these
teachers and organizations quicker than I did. This will also help the
teachers get more students and help spread the word that the Earth Mother is
alive. She is changing, but she will endure. The Earth Mother and the other
creatures on her can be our greatest teachers. By rediscovering her we can
regain the awe and wonder that we felt as kids. We can reconnect with her
and feel something that is magical."
and Trailing - Kim Cabrera
Your Wild Side - Article on GoNOMAD.com (& pictures
Kriebel's Home Page - tracking, scout & more in Germany,
Oberberg, east of Cologne
A research paper on Nature-based events that incorporate music
By Chad Clifford (Tracker student in Ontario)..."I
recently completed a graduate thesis on the wilderness experience of people
who play a musical instrument while in nature. So in an attempt to make this
work available to those who may be interested (opposed to collecting dust in
a large library) I have posted it on the net and to grass-roots journals.
The literature review is from a social-psychological perspective (yawn), but
the study is a qualitative one focusing on the lived experience. Topics
include how people experienced the natural environment, music, and the
combined effect." If you are interested in this topic, I have posted the
research in one brief
article and in full
length thesis format.
Art of mentoring - What Earth Skills have to offer our society today -
Health and Spirit - Take Your Shoes Off - an article in Wavelength
Paddling Magazine by Wes Gietz
Gathering - The purpose of this event is to bring
together people who enjoy bushcraft. Whether you practice primitive living
skills in your local woods, teach wilderness survival skills in our great
outdoors, or just want to be involved in, and learn more about bushcraft,
you are most welcome. Thomas Schorr-kon &
Wandering Ones -
By Clint Hollingsworth - An online adventure comic strip set in the year 2066 -
Civilization has collapsed, and
the survivors are living in primitive survival mode. All episodes from the
beginning are available. This has gotta be written by a Tracker student!
There's numerous references to tracking, survival skills, inner vision,
vision quests, visits from spirit guides, etc.
Ridge Graphics - by the author of the Wandering Ones -
and Nature Skills
Ghost Stalker Homepage - by Rick Shrack. Includes full text of his
novel, Ghost Stalker, as well as survival information.
Go Nomad -
"Tracking Your Wild Side."
Dirt Time - Wilderness Training in America
Vision Quest - Mark Jackson
always wanted to know about Survival but were afraid to ask - Fran Capo
brief description of one student's experiences, with photos
Ancient Skills School - Basic Long Form Meditation
Vision Trail - by Standard Class
Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den -
Kim A. Cabrera
Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den
Tracking Store - Kim A. Cabrera
Tracker Knife handles - by Kfir Mendel
Mark Baxter's Home
Page - by Mark Baxter
Protectors - compiled by Will Franck (but somewhat out of date)
Site Duck - Rick Wood
Coyote Tracks - A Wild Experience - Spencer Patterson
Quickest Find - a site by
Julie Kessler: "I designed
www.quickestfind.com for small offerers
who may not afford to maintain an own Homepage and/or wish to stay
We Are Not Unique
- Jerry Jordison
- Non-profit founded by Tracker Students Todd Larson and Mike
Kershnar. Programs in Survival Skills and
Skateboarding for underprivileged youth.
Wolf's prophecy of the Red Skies
Links NOT to go to :)
A tongue-in-cheek listing of sites that you probably
don't want to bother to visit!
Also a small listing of various "Tom Brown's" on the Internet.
This website has no official or
informal connection to the Tracker School or Tom Brown Jr. whatsoever