Do you know how to dress for different winter conditions? What to do if frostbite sets in? How to build a fire on top of the snow? Or maybe how to build a shelter outside?
Learn these and even more winter outdoor skills with Mass Audubon Educatorsduring our Winter Explorers program series.
Session one will be on Winter Attire: What are your jeans made of, and can they really keep you warm in cold weather? Through a variety of experiments, learn the 'do's and don't' s' of what to wear during the winter months, including the differences between various fabrics.
Session two will be on Winter First Aid: Be prepared for any accident that may occur during the winter months. Learn the warning signs for hypothermia, frost bite, and dehydration and what to do if you or someone else is showing signs. Note: Instructor Cheryl is a certified Red Cross First Aid instructor; participants will not be certified at the end of the program.
Session three will be on Fires & Cooking: Have you ever tried to build a fire on snow? What happens to wood when it is wet? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we build a fire and cook over an open flame. Together we will learn the science of how to start a fire without matches.
Session four will be on Shelters & Knots Protecting yourself from harsh winter weather with a DIY shelter is a great skill to have! Use materials you can find in the woods to help make your shelter safe and warm, and learn different knots and lashings to create a camp chair or even a table!
All attendees and instructors will be required to wear a mask at all times. Participants should dress for the weather as we will be outdoors the entire time. Participants should also come to every session with a hot travel mug with a lid for hot beverages. Keep an eye on your email as we will send out detailed COVID-19 protocol to individuals upon registration.
Program will meet at Habitat Sanctuary by the log circle near the parking lot.