June 2013

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National Get Outdoors Day: Map and Compass (and GPS) skills

Date June 5, 2013

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This weekend the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Yakima are teaming up to give away a SkyBox Pro 16 for National Get Outdoors Day. Click here for more information on our Instagram Contest!  This event, held at locations across the country, encourages healthy, active outdoor fun! American families will have a chance to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. In addition to a fun-filled day of activities, people and kids will learn about the outdoors through a variety of learning stations. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be located in the Junior Ranger Camp area in Denver, CO; Greentown, PA; and Portland, OR. Submit a photo of how you are celebrating National Get Outdoors Day by tagging @YakimaRacks and @LeaveNoTraceCenter on Instagram and you will be entered to win a SkyBox Pro 16!

Navigating your way through the woods can be a fun and challenging experience.  It is important to learn how to properly use your map and compass (or GPS) prior to your outdoor trip.  Maps provide vital information on trails, campsite, water sources, and sensitive wildlife habitats that you may encounter along your adventure.  It is important to Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces to lessen potential impacts to the land.

Geocaching is a popular outdoor activity that utilizes map and compass skills.  It is described as a high-tech scavenger hunt and is enjoyed by people world-wide.  Here are a few tips to consider when geocaching:

  • Plan properly for your geocaching outing by having the items or equipment you’ll need to safely enjoy your adventure. Also, if placing a cache, make sure it’s legal in your area.
  • Be conscious of where caches are placed (choose durable surfaces) and think about how traveling to and from a cache can cause trampling, erosion, etc.
  • Have the necessary knowledge/equipment to deal with trash, litter and human waste.
  • Consider the impacts of geocaching to both plants and animals.

Be mindful of other visitors who may also be enjoying the same areas as you.

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