Youth Winter Tracking Workshop

Hosted by:

Maine Wildlife Habitat Education Program

Do you like wild animals, trees, and the environment? Are you thinking about pursuing a career in land stewardship or wildlife management? Then you might like the Wildlife Habitat Education Program! WHEP is a 4-H and FFA program aimed at educating young people about wildlife habitat management.

Winter Tracking Workshop

At this hands-on workshop, learn how to spot and identify animal tracks in the snow and mud. Experts from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will lead on a nature walk as you look for signs of animals. Then, you will examine the preserved animal skins and skulls of some of the common wildlife we have here in Maine. Youth and adults interested in getting involved with Maine Wildlife Habitat Education Program will be able to talk with a Maine 4-H representative at the end of the workshop.

When: February 23rd, 2022 from 9:30 am-12:30pm

Where: Center for Wildlife, in Cape Neddick, Maine

Who Can Attend: The program is geared towards youth ages 8-19, but families and younger kids are welcome to join.

Cost: Free, but pre-registration required (details below)

What to Bring:  A bag lunch, binoculars if you have them, snowshoes*, weather appropriate clothing.

* let us know if you don’t have access to snowshoes; we may have a few loaner pairs available on a first come, first serve basis.

Planned Activities:

9:30-10 am — Welcome session and introductions

10-11:30 am – Nature walk and winter track ID featuring MDIFW wildlife biologists

11:30-noon – Explore skins, skulls, and tracks of Maine’s wildlife

12-12:30 pm – Wrap-up and information session about the participating in the Maine WHEP program.

Participant Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Be respectful of each other and nature.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. We will be outside for most of the workshop.
  • Families are welcome to participate together. Parents who are drop off their children must fill out appropriate paperwork.

WORKSHOP FULL. Registration closed.


If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Erin McDonald at or 207-581-8163 by February 9, 2022. If a request is made less than two weeks before the workshop, we may not have sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements.

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