Naturally Kids Outdoor Skills Series: Jan-May


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Designed for adventurous kids, 8-12 years of age, our Naturally Kids Outdoor Skills programs will teach outdoor skills through activities like photo orienteering, geocaching, creating and using your own stick stove, fire building, trailside cooking, building tarp shelters, rope making from natural fibres and tying handy knots, as well as learning environmentally responsible practices while camping and travelling in the backcountry. A great way to improve your outdoor camping and bushcraft skills in a fun and safe environment. This is a four-program series, running on specified Saturdays from January to May (10am-2pm). Join us for one or register for all four! $50/child, per program. Facilitated by local outdoor instructor, guide, and educator Rick Whitteker. All gear is provided except for the geocache program. A retired or new cell phone with the Geocache app downloaded will be required.

Program dates and themes:

Saturday January 27th: Trailside Cooking on a Stick Stove.
Try out making your own stick stove, learning about the best wood to use and natural fire starters to get your outdoor fire blazing! Cook your own one pot meal outdoors over your own do it yourself stick stove. Bon appetite!

Saturday February 24th: Tarps, Knots & Making Cordage – CANCELLED
Learn some cool practical knots and use them to sling a shelter tarp or a sleeping tarp in the bush. Try your hand at making your own rope through the age-old practice of twisting natural fibers.

Saturday April 6th: Geocaching with a twist
Working with the Geocache app on a phone, find hidden puzzle pieces on Abbey Gardens property and solve the puzzle, is your first step in this outdoor challenge. Learn to use a compass to follow a bearing and find the resources you need to build your own stick stove fire and boil up a hot drink!

Saturday May 25th: Photo Orienteering and bushcraft skills
Find yourself standing where the photographer took the picture and take a bearing from there. See how close you come and win tokens in this fast-paced activity. Learn some basic bushcraft skills and knowledge about taking care of yourself in the backcountry.




Additional information

Program Date

Trailside Cooking: Saturday January 27th, Tarps, Knots & Making Cordage: Saturday February 24th, Geocaching: Saturday April 6th, Photo Orienteering: Saturday May 25th