As the weather warms up in the city, New Yorkers will soon be taking an introductory course in navigating the great outdoors in Queens.
On Tuesday, NYC Parks announced the city’s first-ever orienteering course in Alley Pond Park in Oakland Gardens, which will teach recreational navigators survival and wilderness skills. Armed with a compass and one of five orienteering maps of varying difficulty, participants can explore the natural wetlands, grasslands and forests that create Alley Pond’s diverse ecosystem.
“These days, we are increasingly dependent on navigation apps to get us where we are going. Orienteering offers New Yorkers a chance to explore their parks by reconnecting with mapping skills and finding checkpoint markers to guide them along the way,” said Bonnie McGuire, Director of Urban Park Rangers. from NYC Parks. “There is no right or wrong road to take, so your orienteering experience will be different every time. You have the choice of five courses or create your own. Let’s start exploring!”
According to Parks, the classes are suitable for people from a variety of backgrounds, from beginners looking to get some fresh air to experienced hikers. Participants have the choice of downloading five maps – Beginner 1 and 2 and Intermediate 1 to 3 – which feature colors, lines and shapes to guide users through the terrain.
Navigators complete courses by finding locations on the map called “checkpoints” in numerical order. Those looking for a more personalized experience are encouraged to design courses by choosing combinations of existing checkpoints.
Visit nycgovparks.org to download the maps of the orientation course. Good navigation !