November 8, 2014.
Enjoy the beautiful fall woodlands and practice some essential survival skills. Learn to use a compass to find waypoints in the woods, and how to build a shelter from nothing but sticks and leaves. Finally, try fire building with flint and steel and cook up a treat! Great fun for kids and families. All equipment provided. (Dress for the weather!) 9:30 a.m. –noon. Ages 8-13 (ages 8 and under must attend with a parent or adult) Cost $15 per child (maximum 40 children), parents and grandparents free. Pre-registration by calling Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 is recommended. Last day to register is November 8, 2014.
SOS: Simple Outdoor Survival
Outdoor recreation is something we all enjoy. Whether hiking, camping, or just kicking around the woods at Grandma’s, we just want to have fun. Part of our enjoyment comes with preparation–knowing a few things that will keep us headed in the right direction. Come learn a few essential outdoor skills that will not only add a thrill to any outing, but could save your life!
Orienteering with a compass is a skill that is becoming less common with the advent of GPS. The advantages of using a compass to find you way are that it is inexpensive, does not require electricity, and builds self confidence. It also requires that you pay attention to your surroundings, which is the reason we’re outdoors in the first place. In this workshop, we’ll learn the basics of using a compass, then set off to find various waypoints int he woods, finally leading to treasure!
Staying warm is another essential to survival. We’ll accomplish this in two ways. First, we’ll show you how to construct a sturdy stick and leaf “survival shelter,” which you’ll make in small groups. Second, you’ll learn the basics of fire building, and how to light one using a steel and magnesium striker. Once lit, we’ll roast a simple snack. Now, what could be more essential than that?
This workshop promises to be great fun for kids and families. We’ll provide all of the equipment–please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
Linda Bailey has been leading kids over the river and through the woods since well into the last century! A native of Seattle, she received a degree in Forestry and Wildland Recreation from Washington State University, but has spent most of her professional life in Virginia. Linda loves the eastern woodlands and the programs she plans and directs as Nature Education Coordinator for Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation.
Mimi Dempsey has been teaching for years–first in the classroom, then as a home school mom, and now as Nature Education Assistant with Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation. Recently certified as a Virginia Master Naturalist, Mimi loves exploring and discovering new treasures in the woods, especially with a group of children in low!