All Fox Paw classes are cancelled in order to help stop spread of COVID-19. Please stay safe and practice good social distancing. And remember: connecting to the natural world is good for you physically and emotionally and can boost your immune system.

We are designed to be in reciprocal relationship with our wild surroundings. There are myriad other beings around us — the otter in her bank den, the yellow warbler perched in the alders, the sensitive fern clumped below — living their inter-related lives, all tuned in to each other and to the whole. We are the only ones who have stepped outside that circle. In order to return to reciprocity, we need to cultivate relationship with our non-human neighbors.

Fox Paw Tracking Club

Every first Saturday of the month we'll meet at a different location around Central VT and explore the tracks, sign, plants/trees, and habitat our North Woods home has to offer. I'll provide some loose structure and instruction — bring your field guides, questions, weather-appropriate gear and snacks. Beginners very welcome!

We start at 9 a.m. and end around noon. Please arrive on time. If you're late, practice your tracking skills and find us! Suggested donation $5-20, and no one turned away for lack of funds. Be in touch with any questions.

Next meetings:

April 4, Stranahan town forest (parking lot off Hollister Hill Road), Marshfield


May 2, location TBD depending on weather


Sloyd Skills Gathering

Join me for two morning walks through a beautiful second-growth North Woods forest in Stannard, VT. We'll learn about the plants, habitat, and animal sign we encounter, as well as identifying birds by song and sight. Stick around for the rest of the gathering to make traditional crafts and get to know some amazing people. Registration is required, and there's an early bird discount before June 1.

June 19-21, Stannard, VT


Tracking Intensive

Reconnect to your authentic human self by learning what is perhaps the oldest human skill — tracking — in this nine-month intensive

North Woods

Naturalist Intensive

This eight-month intensive will  give you the tools to connect with our landscape on all scales, from broad-scale biome down to the silky hairs on the back of a new leaf.

"We asked Jonathan to design a nature walk as part of our staff retreat in Burke, VT. Our group was fascinated to learn about everything from how glaciers shaped the mountains to how farmers affected the landscape, with up close looks at trees, birds, and spring flowers. Jonathan knows so much, and his enthusiasm for nature is infectious!"

Noemi Giszpenc, Cooperative Development Institute, Northhampton MA


“I have had the pleasure of an ongoing nature mentorship with Jonathan. On our walks he teaches from his expansive and intricate knowledge of Nature with skill and enthusiasm. I always come away feeling more aware, connected and inspired to know more!”

Fearn Lickfield, Worcester VT

“I really enjoyed the tracking workshop with Jonathan. As we studied tracks and shouted out guesses, he didn't always tell us whether we were right or wrong — the hallmark of a good teacher. Instead, he guided us through piecing out the "why" and "how" of what the animal might have been up to. We were invited to use our senses to engage in a relationship with nature. Humans are prone to feeling like visitors in the natural world, but during this workshop I felt that I was a part of it.”

Jacqueline Huttenmoser, ECO Americorps member

“Jonathan really impressed upon us the importance of quieting ourselves and avoiding tunnel

vision from focusing too narrowly on one observation. We had to use all our senses to find the clues that

might have revealed the secrets of the wildlife we were tracking. Ultimately, Jonathan taught us how to

really look, and not just with our eyes, but all our senses.”

Americorps VISTA workshop participant

Jonathan Shapiro

(802) 249-1463

Plainfield, VT

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