January 26, 2015

Orienteering Workshop held Feb 7

Learn a new skill, enjoy a new hobby

Do you enjoy hiking, but worry about getting lost? If so, visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, for a Map and Compass Orienteering Workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 7 at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Education Building. This is a beginner's workshop appropriate for individuals ages 14 and over, and costs $6 for adults, $5 seniors and is free for Hawk Mountain Members. To register, call 610-756-6961 daily during business hours. Cost includes trail fee for the rest of the day.

While a useful skill for safe hiking, orienteering also is both a competitive, international sport as well as a relaxing hobby. All orienteers use a detailed map and compass to find points across the landscape, but some opt to race to their finish while others choose to enjoy a walk in the woods.

During the Hawk Mountain workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to use a topographic map and magnetic compass together and navigate the terrain to an end point. Following an indoor lesson, participants will head outdoors for a practice orienteering hike on the Sanctuary trails.

Participants should bring a compass if possible, dress for the weather, including proper snowy-weather shoe attire, and carry bottled water and snacks in a daypack.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a 2,500-acre wildlife sanctuary open to the public year round by membership or trail fee. Operated by the not-for-profit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, all programs, visitor fees and other gifts support its raptor conservation mission, and the continued maintenance of its 8-mile trail system and scenic overlooks. The Sanctuary is open daily, year-round with a Visitor Center and annual schedule of programs and workshops. For more information or to register for this or other programs, call 610-756-6961.

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