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Winter Workshops

Outdoor Chattanooga’s 2018 Winter Workshop Series is
Classroom Based Outdoor Education
Free ~ All Ages Welcome ~ No reservations required
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
At Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park

January 18 Wilderness First Aid (Non-certification 2-part Course)
Topics covered: soft tissue/ trauma/ splints exposure/ environmental/ survival/ hypothermia. 

No reservation required. Cost: Free.

Instructors:  Bailey O’Sullivan

January 25 Wilderness First Aid (Non-certification 2-part Course)
Topics covered: soft tissue/ trauma/ splints exposure/ environmental/ survival/ hypothermia.

February 1 How to Plan and Lead a Day Hike

Proper planning and preparation is necessary anytime you venture into the great outdoors, especially if you are the one organizing the trip into nature to wander through the woods.  Learn the elements of preparing for and leading a day hike, thus helping to make your trip safer and more enjoyable for all involved. From an essential gear packing list to information about area trails along with trail maps and suggestions for beginner and seasoned hikers, you’ll walk away with the knowledge and confidence to lead a group day hike. No reservation required. Cost: Free Instructor:  Zach Bopp, Recreation Specialist with Outdoor Chattanooga

February 8 Bikepacking 101

February 15 Navigate with Map and Compass

We’ve become pretty dependent on smartphones for way finding, but what happens if the signal fails or the battery quits while you’re out on the trail?  Learn the basics of smart technology navigating using the “old school” map and compass. Maps and compasses are available for class. Apply your new skills on March 4 with a guided practice course, or visit Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center to participate in their orienteering course.  See calendar for additional details. Cost:  Free

Instructor:  Jim Farmer orienteering expert, along with Zach Bopp, Recreation Specialist with Outdoor Chattanooga.

February 22 Rock Climbing Basics

February 22 Bike Maintenance 101

Outdoor Chattanooga’s bicycle guru, James Eubank, will lead participants through three different aspects of bicycle maintenance; fixing a flat tire and how to prevent future flats, quick ways to clean and lube your bicycle with minimal equipment, and how to conquer the daunting task of tuning your rear derailleur with ease. Participants can choose one or all three skills to learn. No previous bike knowledge is required, tools will be provided and questions will be encouraged. Hands and clothing might get dirty/greasy. Bring your bike for demonstration or use one of ours. No registration is required.  Cost: Free

Instructor:  James Eubank, Recreation Specialist for Outdoor Chattanooga and a League Cycling Instructor for League of American Bicyclists.  

March 1 How to Poop in the Woods

At one point or another, knowing how to poop in the woods will come in handy.  All too often “Charmin” blooms are viewed along the trail indicating that people do not know how to go properly in the outdoors.  This class explains the Leave No Trace researched principles as best practices for waste disposal.   All ages are welcome to come learn one of the most fundamental parts of being a good backcountry traveler; how to answer nature’s call -while in nature.  No reservation required. Cost: Free.

Instructor Terri Chapin is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and Program Coordinator for Outdoor Chattanooga.

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