Women's Navigating with Map & Compass Class

Sat May 19 2018, 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Feel empowered when you're in the backcountry by knowing exactly where you are and where you're going by using a map and compass. Learn hands-on orienteering in a supportive space at this all-women's navigation class. Register below.

In this outdoor workshop, cartographer Amelia Hagen-Dillon will teach you to use a map and compass to plan a route and stay on it. You'll learn how to read a topographic map, the parts of a compass, and how to use a map and compass in tandem. You'll be able to pinpoint your location through triangulation and then navigate to new locations by following a bearing.

Each participant will get their very own Cairn Cartographics map of the Missoula area. We will have a few compasses on hand for participants to use, but please bring your own if you have one. (Many phones have compass apps.) The class will begin at the Greenough Park Pavilion for the classroom portion, and then we'll hike to Waterworks Hill for hands-on practice. Please dress appropriately.

This class is a collaboration between Cairn Cartographics and Ecology Project International (EPI), a local science education nonprofit. All proceeds from the class support EPI's #STEM4Good campaign to engage more girls in hands-on science and empower them to pursue careers in STEM. To learn more about the campaign, please visit EPI's website.

Location: Greenough Park Pavilion 1629 Monroe St Missoula, MT