Learn how to survive in the great outdoors

Matthew Lane • Mar 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT – If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to adapt to the rough conditions of the great outdoors, now’s your chance.

Bays Mountain Park first offered an introductory course on outdoor survival back in December. It was such a success that park officials are bringing the series back for the entire month of April.

Here’s what’s happening

Outdoor Survival Basics will be a series of classes taught at Bays Mountain Park to help teach the average person the techniques for outdoor survival. These classes will be held in the park’s Discovery Theater at 3 p.m. on the following dates:

· April 1 - “Snake Bites”

· April 8 – “What To Take Hiking?”

· April 15 – “Lost & Afraid”

· April 22 – “Outdoor Survival Basics”

· April 29 – “Bear Aware”

About the classes

The classes will cover the techniques people should use in a dangerous situation to save themselves or others. The techniques are meant to provide the basic necessities for human life, including water, food and shelter, as well as the need to think straight, to signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant interactions with animals and plants and for first aid.

Park officials say many of these skills can be used to enjoy extended periods of time in remote places and to thrive in nature. Even when hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing or hunting, you need to make sure to have the basic wilderness survival skills to handle an emergency situation.

Each class in the series costs $3 per person and is free for Bays Mountain Park members. You’re free to complete as many classes as you’d like, and those who attend all five classes will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information, visit www.baysmountain.com or call (423) 229-9447.

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