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About Tracker School

The Tracker School was founded in 1978 by Tom Brown Jr, Americas most renowned Tracker, and Wilderness Survival expert. Based on the teachings of Stalking Wolf, the Apache elder from whom Tom began teaching, when he was seven years old, the school has expanded to include over 75 classes, divided into eight course tracks, of the teachings that Grandfather passed to tom.

Letter from Tom

Dear Prospective Student,

I want to thank you for your interest in our school. As you know, our school is based on my experience of living in the wilderness and the teachings of Stalking Wolf, encompassing over 20 years of my life. Many of these teachings are discussed in my books, and I strongly recommend that you read these books before you register. This school is not for everyone. You must be prepared to see your life and the things around you in a different light; if you are, then apply. We will grow together. I believe that if you want to be "one" with the Earth it is not enough to just have good survival skills, but to strive for a more rounded combination of philosophy and skills. That is why each of my courses covers equally the three major categories of survival: tracking, nature observation, and awareness. In my experience, I know that the new or beginning student can not easily survive in pure wilderness. Thus, the Standard class emphasizes skills, techniques, and workshops that will bring your skills up to a proficient level. The more difficult skills and pure survival living come later, in the more advanced courses. Though I strongly believe in good physical conditioning and pushing oneself beyond one's expected limits, I feel that this is an individual pursuit and should come later, after the basic skills are mastered. If you are looking for a survival school that concentrates on hard core survival and self denial, then this school is not for you. There are plenty of survival schools in the world that stress "the push," and I suggest that you attend one of them rather than our school. In pure survival there is no want or debilitation, for the perfection of skills makes any survival situation easy. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a closer attachment to the Earth, and the skills and philosophy that will help you live in harmony and balance with Creation, then come join us.

All Good Medicine,



Stalking Wolf was raised free of the reservations in the mountains of northern Mexico. Born in the 1870's during a time of great warfare and violence, he was part of a band of Lipan Apache that never surrendered. He was taught the traditional ways of his people and became a shaman and a scout. When he was twenty a vision sent him away from his people, and for the next sixty-three years he wandered, seeking teachers and learning the old ways of many native peoples, and others who lived close to the earth. Stalking Wolf traveled the length and breadth of the Americas, following the Creators call. He never held a job, drove a car, paid taxes, or participated in modern society. When he was eighty-three years old, he encountered a small boy gathering fossils in a stream bed. He recognized that boy as the person with whom he would spend his final years, and to whom he would teach all that he knew. That boy was Tom Brown, Jr. Tom became the recipient of not only all that Stalking Wolf had learned during his travels, but the distillation of hundreds of years of Apache culture as well. These are the teachings that Tom passes on at his famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School.