Searching for clues left behind

Residents learn different way of seeing at tracking event
by Yoko Minoura

Bend siblings Jules Ginsparg, 9, and Leah Ginsparg, 7, flopped down on their bellies to peer into the hollow under a boulder Saturday morning at Shevlin Park. The remains of manzanita buds left under the rock, they learned, suggested that a rodent might have sheltered there recently. Jules and Leah also examined burrows in the grass, looked at animal scat and even studied a paw print most likely left by a pet dog to learn about tracking animals.

Coyote Trails focuses on survival skills, love of nature

by Alandra Johnson

Every other week the Bulletin feature a kids organization, highlighting opportunities for youths in the area.

THE GROUP: Coyote Trails School of Nature WHAT IT IS: Started in 2003, Coyote Trails School of Nature offers a variety of nature camps and classes to children and families. The school focuses on teaching primitive survival skills to help kids and adults get in touch which their instincts. "We like to open kids' awareness to the natural environment," said Joe Kreuzman, founder of the school.

Making The Connection: Friends in the Outdoors

by Aimee McClinton

"We provide the venue to slow people down, get them out into the woods, and allow wilderness and nature to do the true teaching." Living in Central Oregon, most of us appreciate the good fortune of boundless adventure in our backyard.  Whether it's winding along the Deschutes River trail, shooshing down the side of a snowy mountain, or nestled in a sleeping bag watching a meteor shower, many of us find peace through nature.

Simple steps to fire success

Outdoor skills taught at High Desert Museum
by Yoko Minoura / The Bulletin

As 10-year-old Emmett Burby watched Saturday afternoon, instructor Eirik Moergen blew softly on an ember until orange flames bloomed in the tinder in his hands. "It was pretty cool," Emmett, of Portland, said, adding that he would like to try starting a fire on his own sometime.

Bend Living Magazine

by Aimee McClinton
Bend Living Magazine  June 2005

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah ...
Fill up the kids' calendar with summer-camp activities.

LlFE THROWS CHANGES AT EACH GENERATION, but summer camp has held its own: It is still, for many kids, a cornerstone of childhood. Although eating s'mores and telling ghost stories around the campfire are as popular as ever-and pioneer homes are still constructed with Popsicle-stick siding and pinecone-scale shingles-summer camp has evolved.

Kids today have a slew of interesting choices when it comes to filling their summer calendar. Here we describe a few of the programs available in Central Oregon; keep in mind that many of them began registering children in the spring, so check as soon as possible for availability. Gather the kids, weigh the options-and maybe get in some early practice toasting marshmallows.
Coyote Tracks West.

At a young age, Tom Brown, Jr., understood what it meant to respect nature. Mentored by an Apache elder, he learned valuable outdoor-survival skills that he now shares worldwide. Brown has published 17 books, trained Navy SEALS and helped law enforce­ment locate missing children and hikers.

In 1978, Brown established his Tracker Schools to teach chil­dren and adults outdoor skills, with an emphasis on Native Ameri­can philosophy. Bend's Joe Kreuzman, a friend and former student of Brown's, was inspired to bring the program to Central Oregon as Coyote Tracks West.

The camp is opening its first summer season with weeklong programs running from June 19 to August 19. Kids ages 7 to 17 may sign up at the beginner stage and work their way to interme­diate and advanced levels. Camp is set in a southern Oregon wil­derness area, where children learn how to build shelters of natural materials, start fires with homemade bow drills, track a variety of wildlife and make primitive pottery.

"This is a lasting experience for kids," says Kreuzman. "The program offers them a sense of confidence in who they are and where they stand in todays society."