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Winter Workshop Series

Outdoor Chattanooga’s Winter Workshops are a series of classroom- based, outdoor education and skill building workshops that are free and open to the public. No reservations or experience required to attend. Join us for one, some or all to increase your outdoor skills!
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM, January 18 through March 1, 2018
Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park
200 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405
423.643.6888

 January 18 – Wilderness First Aid Part 1
Wilderness first aid training prepares you for how to handle potential emergencies in the woods until you can get to definitive care. **This class is not for certification, but does offer insightful discussions for training and practice purposes. Participants will gain a better understanding on how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies related to soft tissue injury, fractures, trauma and building splints.     **Non-certification course** 

January 25 – Wilderness First Aid Part 2
Wilderness first aid training prepares you to handle potential emergencies in the woods until you can get to definitive care.  **This class is not for certification, but does offer insightful discussions for training and practice purposes. Participants will gain a better understanding on how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies related to environmental disasters, exposure, survival hacks, hypothermia and hyperthermia.    **Non-certification course**

February 1 – Fishing 101:   
Take your knowledge of fishing beyond a worm and cane pole in this beginner’s basic class taught by the fishing experts at Bass Pro Shops. This workshop will dive into the different types of lines and lures, how the seasons and weather can change your fishing experience, and the ethics of fishing. No experience necessary, just an interest in learning more about casting a line and a lure into any of the streams, rivers or lakes that surround the Scenic City.  

February 8 – Bike Packing 101
Think backpacking via bicycle. Cover more ground than your feet and access more remote places with increased adventure. Gaston Farmer, local outdoor recreation expert and athlete, will discuss two distinct styles of the sport, essential gear and equipment, packing list and how to pack, trip planning tips and resources. After attending this workshop, beginner to advanced cyclists will find more opportunities for unique family fun, ‘wheelie’ remote weekend warrior adventures, or maybe even be inspired to complete an epic cross country bikepacking adventure! 

February 15 – 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 flats, quick ways to clean and lube your bicycle with minimal equipment, and how to conquer the daunting task of tuning your rear derailleur. 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.

February 22 – 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 dies while you’re out on the trail?  Learn the basics of how to navigate using the “old school” method of map and compass. Maps and compasses are available to use in small groups for class.

March 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 a group to wander through the woods with you. Learn the elements of preparing for and leading a day hike as a way 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 venture out and lead a group day hike.

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