Why Participate in the Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual Curriculum Contest
Overwhelming research shows that kids who spend time outdoors are healthier, happier, and grow up to be more passionate about the environment and about conservation. The underpinning goal of author David George Gordon and of Mountaineers Books for this book is to serve the outdoor education community by providing a fun and engaging tool.
We want to inspire educators to incorporate more outdoor education into their curriculum. We hope that this book and contest can help make a fun, new curriculum available to educators worldwide.
Further background on The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual
Gordon promotes becoming a proficient citizen scientist “as a step toward bringing Sasquatch into the daylight of scientific scrutiny.” Along the way, whether they see this elusive creature, its footprints, or no trace of it at all, readers will have built a deeper appreciation for the rich environment that the Wildman of the Woods may inhabit.
This book is divided into three sections.
Part I: Elements of a Successful Sasquatch Search
In the book’s first section, Gordon dives into citizen science, binomial nomenclature and the history of Sasquatch sightings. He also delves into the cultural significance of the Sasquatch in Native American mythology, explaining, for example, that the Chehalis are but one of dozens of tribes whose cosmologies include Sasquatch-like beings.
Part II: Protocols
In this section, Gordon explains the language and operating procedures of modern science, and the various guidance documents and procedure manuals have been created, field-tested, and adopted by citizen science teams throughout the world. He laments, “Alas, such guidance materials have not been devised for cryptozoological research. Among this book’s many intentions is to provide some preliminary protocols for gathering, reporting, and sharing data about the Sasquatch to fill this void.”
Gordon explains how to mount a search, interpret footprints, collecting scat, interview eyewitnesses and more. He concludes with a section about sharing your discoveries, which encourages readers to “work collaboratively—publishing your hypotheses in
scientific papers and posting them on websites, sharing your data with other honest and ethical Sasquatch seekers in the hopes of collectively resolving the mystery of the Sasquatch once and for all.”
Part III: Hiking Guide
In the final section of the book, Gordon describes 17 hikes in the Pacific Northwest where one might encounter a sasquatch. Trails included in this hiking guide spans from the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia to the north, to the Horse Ridge Trail to Mill Creek Lakes in California’s Trinity Alps.