Navigating with a Map and Compass

Be prepared for your next wilderness outing; learn to find your way using a map and compass. In this class, you will

  • learn how to read a topo map
  • understand the parts of a compass and their purpose
  • set your declination to keep you on track
  • use the compass to orient your map
  • take bearings from a map to find your way to a destination
  • use the landscape to find out where you are on the map
  • learn the basics of GPS
  • Learn what to look for when purchasing a compass, map, or GPS device

After some time in the classroom learning the basics, head out onto the grounds to practice.

Instructor: Dave Dolak, geologist
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors; please dress for winter weather. Limit 18
Supplies: Supplies will be provided

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Schedule and Location

Saturday, March 10, 2018, noon to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember

Registration Information

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.