CFPA Ramble: Beginners' Map & Compass Adventure
While GPS is a new navigation tool a lot of people utilize, a map and a compass have been used for generations, weigh as lot less, and do not rely on batteries. Using a map and compass to find your way in the woods is an essential skill. Join us for a CFPA Ramble at Gay City State Park in Hebron as we learn about these important and indispensable navigation tools. This is a great opportunity for a recreational hiker to learn about compass components, compass bearings, and declination. We will also explore our map skills; such as, reading the symbols and contour lines of topographic maps, how to orient the map and use it with a compass, and how to recognize land forms.
There will be compasses available for your use. Supplies are limited so registering with Jim is required, contact information below. We will meet in the parking lot outside of the park entrance and walk as a group to the activity location.
Jim Bancroft is an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR trained volunteer CFPA Ramble Guide.
This free guided outing is sponsored by the CFPA Rambles program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).
As program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, CFPA Rambles are intended to bring people, fun, and the outdoors together. Led by trained CFPA Ramble Guides, these FREE, engaging outings are offered on trails around the state every month throughout the year. Each CFPA Ramble is designed to show the people of Connecticut how easy and enjoyable a ramble can be and to feature the many different outdoor opportunities our state has to offer.
To prepare for a safe and enjoyable CFPA Ramble:
- Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
- Bring water, snack, and your excitement;
- Leave pets at home (unless otherwise noted);
- Wear sturdy shoes; and
- Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.