Master the basics of orienteering with MDC on July 18 at Warrenton Pool Park

WARRENTON, Mo.—Knowing how to navigate through the woods and countryside is an important skill for outdoor adventurers. GPS technology is very useful, but what happens when the batteries run out? Nothing replaces the proven map and compass and mastering the art of orienteering.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) presents an Orientation Course on Monday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The program is free and open to ages eleven and older and will be held at the Warrenton Pool Park Disc Golf Pavilion . .

The compass is a great tool for hikers, hunters and others who travel in the field. It can help travelers reach their destination, identify their location and plot a route. Participants will learn to do all three in this hands-on orienteering program. It will cover the parts of a compass and how to hold one correctly for an accurate reading. What is the relationship between the cardinal points and the cardinal points? What is the difference between true north and magnetic north? Why is it important? Here are some of the questions the class will answer.

Participants will then practice their new skills with hands-on compass navigation activities, which will be a scavenger hunt for free gifts. This event will take place outdoors, so participants should have proper footwear for gravel trails, plenty of water, and be prepared for the weather.

This orientation course is a free program, but prior online registration is required at Everyone planning to attend the event must register separately. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Warrenton Pool Park Aquatic Center is located at 751 Warrior Avenue in Warrenton.

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Dino J. Dotson