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Members-only Wilderness Skills Campout
May 14 @ 12:00 pm - May 15 @ 12:00 pm
Land Trust Members-only Event
Any day hike could turn into an unexpected night in the woods. Carrying what are known as the “ten essentials” in any daypack can improve survival and general comfort outdoors. During this campout at a Land Trust conservation property along Limestone Creek, participants will be provided an expanded and detailed packing list to better teach skills and provide greater comfort for a known overnight.
Ages: 12 and up.
Location: Matthews Nature Preserve – This is a closed Land Trust property in Limestone County. Directions will be provided to participants following registration.
Instructors: Travis Badger, Environmental and Wilderness Survival Educator, & Kate Gribbin, Founder and Lead Naturalist at Butterfly Outdoors, LLC
- Fire: We’ll briefly discuss the importance of fire, its essential components, and how to combine them for a successful survival fire. In this process students also learn fuel collection and processing methods, and the instructor will demonstrate how to start a fire using a ferro rod and striker.
- Shelter: During this demonstration, students will be shown sample knots, improvised shelter materials, and natural hazards to avoid. The instructor will demonstrate common mistakes, tips and tricks, and highlight key components of a survival shelter.
- Water Purification: This essential skill is fairly easy if preparations are made. Your instructor will demonstrate how to use a backcountry water filter, discuss how to collect safe drinking water, and explain CDC health recommendations related to drinking water safety in wilderness settings.
- Fire & Shelter
- Food & Water
- Land Navigation