A: Yes! The track and sign evaluation is an excellent training tool, as both a springboard for beginners and a stepping-stone for advanced trackers. The evaluation process is always best treated as a learning experience; while the process can stir up “test anxiety,” the process fundamentally revolves around becoming a better tracker. Be easy on yourself and enjoy the experience. However, before you participate, we’d suggest you familiarize yourself with the various animals that occur in your region, and the tracks and sign they create. You may not receive a certificate on your first evaluation, but your experience outdoors will be greatly enhanced, as will your chances of being certified the next time.