No college or other affiliation needed. Reimbursement available if you are part of Columbia Virtual Academy. Please note that Meetup does not have an option for listing varying prices based on the number of people you are registering, but you can change the amount you pay before being redirected to PayPal, following this price schedule: First Family Member $15.00; Second Family Member $10.00; Each Add'l Family Member $5.00. Email or Call us at any time with any questions, requests, or to register with a credit card.
15 Minutes Before Class - Awareness Games: Please arrive early in order to complete any registration information, view recommended books, answer questions, and play awareness games that are so important to navigation.
15 Minutes on the Testing Your Dominance & Risk Management: Learning always builds over the course of class, so be sure you don't miss the introductory information. After reveiwing the 10 Packing Essentials and risk management tips shared from our Search & Rescue background, we will help you test to see if you are "right or left dominant" because when walking in nature, most people continually veer left or right when they actually want to go straight. Key to navigating in nature is learning how to compensate for your dominance.
15 Minutes on the Top 10 Lostproofing Skills: The most important skill for lostproofing is awareness. In fact, some people say there is no such thing as being lost, just in being unaware, so we will practice skills to improve your spacial recognition including wide-angle vision, expanded hearing, and new ways of walking appropriate to various environments, among other skils.
15 Minutes on the Top 10 Orienteering Skills: You will be amazed by some of the incredible ways to find north-south-east-west in order to walk in a straight line toward your destination on a map. One of our favorite is floating a leaf in water, and placing a pin on the leaf. Amazingly, it points to magnetic north. We'll demonstrate that, and some other ways to orient yourself to the cardinal directions in city and wilderness, from GPS to the stars.
15 Minutes on the Top 10 Navigation Skills: There are some very important skills to learn in order to negotiate your way through nature without map or compass. For instance, do you know how to follow the contours of a hill in order to stay above thick brush and away from steep cliffs? How about lining up landmarks in order to go straight? We'll talk about these skills and practice others as allowed by time and location.
15 Minutes on Map & Compass for Smarties: No matter whether you have GPS or not, the crux of these skills is understanding map and compass. If you are an expert navigator, you know how frustrating it can be to help novices undersand maps, and if you are a novice, you know how frustrating it can be to read one. But no worries, as our method of using map and compass should alay your fears, even when it comes to contour lines and magnetic declination.
30 Minute Orienteering Challenge: Now let the fun begin as we send you out on an orienteering challenge that we have set up for you!
15 Minutes of Class - Resources & Questions: As you can tell, we really pack in the knowledge, so we allow wiggle room at the end of class to review skills that you wanted to cover more deeply.
15 Minutes After Class - Feedback & Planning: Please join Chris & Kim after class to review experiences, browse resources, discuss feedback, and brainstorm ideas for the future. Email or Call us at any time with any questions and requests.
Classes follow field exercises from our Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Course, and topics through the Academic Year include the following themes:
Wednesday, January 9, 2013: Wilderness Survival Skills & Emergency Preparedness
Wednesday, February 13, 2013: Local Wild Edible Plants & Backcountry Herbal Medicine
Wednsday, April 10th, 2013: Safety, Tracking, and Bird Alarms in Cougar, Wolf, and Bear Country