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Learn to Find Your Way with a Compass at Nature Center Workshop
Learn to Find Your Way with a Compass at Nature Center Workshop

Jamestown, NY – Orienteering – that is, navigating with a compass -- is an important, but often forgotten, outdoor skill in this technological world.

Finding our way today with GPS or internet maps is fine, but when the batteries go dead or the cell service is poor, a compass can be a reliable tool for outdoor adventures. 

From 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, the Audubon Nature Center is offering a workshop where you can learn to use a map and compass to navigate from point to point. After participants feel comfortable with the basics, they will be able to try a compass course around the Nature Center grounds, with a treasure at the end. 

Even if serious hiking is not in your plans, orienteering can be a fun activity for the entire family. Once you learn the basics, courses and activities are a great way to spend time outside and get some exercise. 

Instructor Katie Finch is a Nature Center naturalist who has taught compass and GPS orienteering for several years.

Compasses will be provided during the class or you can bring your own. They can also be purchased in the Nature Center’s Blue Heron Gift Shop.

Participants are reminded to dress for the weather.

Cost for the class is $12; $9 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Workshop size is limited to 20, and registration is required by Friday, July 3. To register, call (716) 569-2345 or click on “Orienteering” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Nature Center education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Hours for the Nature Center and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. The arboretum, gardens, picnic area, more than five miles of trails, and exhibit of Liberty, Audubon’s resident non-releasable Bald Eagle, are open dawn to dusk daily.

For more information on this and all Audubon programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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