The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will be holding a two-day land navigation clinic as part of its Advanced Hunter Education Program. The overnight workshop will be held at the Tejon Ranch, south of Bakersfield in southern Kern County, on June 27 and 28.
Participants will learn how to stay oriented in the wilderness by utilizing skills such as magnetic declination, using a base plate compass and understanding map coordinate systems. The course will also offer instruction on the use of global positioning systems.
Clinic instructors use the Brunton Hunter Education Land Navigation Curriculum, a set of courses that teach basic navigation skills through a combination of class training and lab exercises.
The cost is $60 for adults; students 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will camp overnight as part of the course.
DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment, but meals are not included.
Space is limited; registration forms are available online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/index.aspx.