Looking Ahead After Anake
by David Wolbrecht
I’ll be continuing my naturalist studies by enrolling in the Kamana Naturalist Training Program. During Anake, I eagerly deepened my knowledge and connection to the nonhuman world by fully accomplishing the Anake Naturalist Certification, an optional level of completion for the program based on fulfilling a set of journals, essays, and other written assignments. I find myself drawn to a book-learning style of study as an accompaniment to my experiential naturalist journey, and Kamana is as good as it gets. My goal at this time is to complete the entirety of Kamana, which I’ve since learned is fairly uncommon. Time will tell whether I reach that goal.
On a similar vein, I’m eager to continue my learning journey as a tracker. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve become enraptured by the stories of the landscape, specifically as expressed through the evidence of nonhumans moving and living in and around our human communities. I took the Cybertracker Evaluation last month and received a score of 89 – one point shy of Level III certification. Although realizing it was a lofty goal, I’d been aiming at a Level III score. Ultimately I’m very pleased with my performance and learned a ridiculous amount about track and sign in the process. Nonetheless, I’m planning on getting out there to track, journaling what I find, and taking the Cybertracker Evaluation again in a year, and my goal at this time is to reach the level of Specialist (the next step up from Level III, requiring a perfect score on an especially hard, special test).
I’m currently working as a summer camp instructor and director for Wilderness Awareness School for my second year in a row. In many ways, working for WAS Summer Camps is the fourth and final quarter of Anake, as I’m employing the Coyote Mentoring style of nature connection to my time with 6-12 year olds. Tiring at times, yet overall deeply fulfilling, it’s incredibly fun to apply so much of my experience, knowledge, and skills gained in Anake in a direct way that inspires and excites young humans. I’m planning to further my development as a mentor by being an Anake Apprentice next year through the Anake Leadership Program, and I’m excited to be of service to this transformative experience.
Come and see what adventures might be in store for you when spending a year connecting with nature at the Anake Outdoor School