Recently I purchased the first of four levels of the Kamana Training Program. This program is a home study naturalist program. I thought it would be interesting to see where my knowledge falls, as well as evaluate and review the program for others that might want to invest in their naturalist knowledge.
How did I discover this program? It is a bit of a story that starts with a book. All my best journeys start with a book. One of the first books I used on tracking wildlife was Animal Tracking Basics by Jon Young and Tiffany Morgan. The book is very thorough in teaching the basics and more. There are some forms to draw maps and make you more aware of your environment. I wanted .pdfs of the forms so I used the website provided in the book. Bam, brick wall, the link was dead. So I had to dig deeper. eventually I was able to make contact with someone that had copies of the forms.
Whoever asked around on the other end went the extra mile to help fulfill my request. That speaks volumes. I could have been told, “I don’t know,” or even “Nope, we don’t do that.” They messaged within their group and sent me something that they didn’t have to even try. That kind of customer service really gave me the comfort I needed to start a study at home program. I knew I could find help if I needed it.
My preliminary research of Wilderness Awareness School is positive. I would love to take enough time off my job and attend some of the intensive classes. However, I have a 6a-4p, sometimes a 10p to 8a, but mostly a 2p-12a job. I am lucky enough to spend those hours outdoors though, so I rarely ever complain about my schedule. I have seen a different world that many people are at home in bed sleeping through. That is a post for another time though.
Where can you find more information? At https://www.wildernessawareness.org/adult-programs/kamana
The first level contains the study material, the Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife guide, and a CD set Seeing Through Native Eyes.