Tony and Molly Deis founded Trackers Earth in 2004. Tony based Trackers on his personal work in outdoor education since 1992 while teaching and developing programs for local outdoor education organizations. Since then, referrals from both parents and students has grown Trackers into one of the largest and most well respected summer camps and outdoor programs in Portland, Oregon and beyond.
Tony often says that Trackers has more in common with his big Italian family than conventional outdoor education. We are made up of compassionate individuals who focus on caring for their family and yours, competence and eloquence in all that they do and of course, gathering together for great food.
Trackers Earth exists to re-create a village of people connected through family and the land. We lead the way in education and collaborative organization. Our method is to revive outdoor lore and traditional skills, working to restore the common sense that is no longer common. Our vision is to help foster a deep appreciation for the natural world and community.
Trackers is a family organization. We are not simply limited to one family. Like a true village, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, aunties and uncles, grandmas and grandpas from many different kinds of families work side-by-side for the greater good. We value instilling care and respect for the natural world and the community we serve. With Trackers you often get the feeling of "old friends that just met".
Since 2004 Trackers has lead the way in standards of safety for outdoor camps and programs. We cultivate experienced and mature staff that allow us to teach real skills. We seek to bring environmental education back to true adventure in the out of doors. Trackers is at the forefront of blending "old school" outdoor education with new and leading standards of safety, responsibility and personalized learning.
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