Map and Compass Workshop – Thursday, May 10, 6:00 pm

Do you like to get out and explore, but worry about your skills to find your way back? Join Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and the Narragansett Chapter of the AMC for a two-part course (Thursday evening for 2 hours and Saturday day for 6 hours) that will teach you how to read and understand maps and use a compass correctly. At the end of this course participants should feel more comfortable with their abilities to plan routes and come out safely. Safe hiking tips will be included.

This first part is a two hour indoor classroom held at the WPWA Campus. Topics include reading map symbols and contour lines, matching the terrain to the map, taking and using bearings, orienting map and compass, declination, determining your location and planning your route.

Saturday’s section will be conducted at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. The morning session will allow participants to practice their new skills and learn other details about taking and using compass bearings. After lunch they will plan and then execute a bushwhack route through the woods.

Instructors include experienced Northern Hikes Leaders from AMC. Participants should bring a declinated compass and plan to attend both dates. Maps will be available for purchase.

Registration for this date includes registration for Saturday. Contact Denise with any questions.
For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017