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Basics of Orienteering
July 17 to August 21

Basics of Orienteering


With Erin Schirm, Coach

Discover orienteering, the sport of navigation. Learn mapping symbols for orienteering maps and topo maps, how to use both map and compass to navigate on many types of terrain, including reading contours and a variety of landscapes. It may include opportunities to test your skills on your own using a map in the community forest.

Whether you’re an experienced hiker, competitive runner, or just a family or group out for an activity in a park, this sport helps you improve your navigation skills. The course will progress through the history of map and compass and how the sport of orienteering developed through the map language and basic skills to how these skills can be applicable in other areas of life. Orienteering can gradually build your map-reading skills from exploring a local city park full of obvious structures to navigating remote terrain with few, if any, man-made features.

Fri., July 17-Aug. 21 • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


$45 • Class #: 31201

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Erin Schirm

Erin Schirm grew up in New York. She competed on the U.S. orienteering team. She ran track and cross country at Syracuse University and graduated with a B.S. in physical education. She coached the U.S. junior Orienteering Team for eight years and holds level 2 coaching certtificates in orienteering and USATF.