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An Introduction to Map & Compass

The Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, invites outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, to its event: Introduction to Map & Compass, scheduled for Saturday, February 13th, at the new Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center. The workshop will be led by Will Soter, Will is the Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and the Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps. Will is a NY State Licensed Guide with experience guiding trips in the Catskills and the Northeast.

This free, one-day workshop will introduce students to basic land navigation skills including blaze, map and compass use. Participants will gain the ability to understand blazes and contour lines as well as understand triangulation and how to orient a map.

·         Learn how to read trail markers & blazes

·         Learn identify and use the feature of a map

·         Learn How to orient a map & plot a course

·         Understand & Adjust for declination

Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on exercises will help you understand how to use these valuable tools to plan, and navigate your next adventure.

 The workshop will be held rain or shine.  Register by Thursday, March, 10th, 5pm by visiting the Trail Conference Trail U webpage,, and clicking on Introduction to Map & Compass For March, 12th.

Earlier Event: February 20
Lost Landscapes and Hidden Legacies
Later Event: March 14
I Love My Park Day