Outdoor Adventures 101: Learning the Map and Compass
While GPS has recently become a very popular navigational tool, maps and compasses have been used for generations. They weigh next to nothing and don't rely on batteries! Even if you rely heavily on a GPS for navigation, a traditional compass is an indispensable backup. Knowing how to use a map and compass to find your way in the woods is an essential skill.
This program is intended for the recreational hiker who has little to no experience working with a compass or reading a topographic map. Jim Bancroft, a graduate of Goodwin’s Master Naturalist program, will teach about compass components, compass bearings, correcting for magnetic declination, how to orient a map and use it with a compass, topographic maps, map symbols, reading contour lines, and recognizing landforms. Most of this program will be hands-on and out-of-doors. Compasses will be available to borrow.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Education Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.