Two Navigation Maps & Compass Courses
Scheduled this Fall 2017 in Halifax and Sydney (no pre-requisite required) and there is the Field Leader-Winter module in February (pre-requisite is Field Leader-Hiking). Learn more at www.hikenovascotia.ca
Hike NS 2017-18 Courses and Workshops Happening Across Nova Scotia
Hike NS’s schedule of courses and workshops across Nova Scotia is now available for 2017-18
Beginning June 2017 through to February 2018, they range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation
The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; Navigation Maps & Compass Courses; and WILD Connect Course. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or workshop
Learn more and view the schedules at www.hikenovascotia.ca
Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 932-6523 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hikenovascotia.ca
Fall (2016) & Winter (2017), Hike NS and the Outdoor Council of Canada delivered more courses to help you and others get outside. Learn more www.hikenovascotia.ca.
HELD – NAVIGATION MAPS & COMPASS COURSE
November 19-20, 2016 in Coxheath
Become confident in using a map & compass for navigation. Earn Outdoor Council of Canada national certification. Cost is only $100 ($90 for current paid Hike NS members)
The course is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. For more information, go to http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/leadership-hiking-course/
Spring 2016 Course Held April 9 & 10, 2016 A Success:
Instructor Minga O’Brien offered a Spring C0urse. This was her second offering (Fall 2015 https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/courses-workshops/navigation-course/ & Spring: Apr 8 & 9, 2016) with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County and had lots of interest & great feedback on both offerings – a market definitely exists for this benefiting residents & visitors. Naturally Active Victoria County is a proud supporter.
Spring 2016 Course Testimonials:
“I’m thankful to Minga O’Brien and the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy for offering a free, two-day navigation course. My husband and older son attended, and enjoyed themselves immensely. Liam learned a lot about using a map and compass, and GPS – both useful skills that boosted his understanding of both geography and math. I’m glad Brooke and Liam had some time to learn and hang out together, and grateful that the County is supporting positive activities like this one” – Kate Oland (April 10, 2016)
“awesome!” – Jane Maree
“Great class!” – Mb Whitcomb (Participant)
“Thank you!” – Eileen Woodford (Participant) – Apr. 11, 2016
“Thanks Kate Oland, and thanks Vince Forrestall (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County) for making the navigation course possible. Happy to hear Brooke & Liam enjoyed it” – Minga O’Brien (Course Leader)
“Taught a #NavigationCourse this past weekend in #BigBaddeck
Thanks to Vince Forrestall & #NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty for having me (#butternutconsultingcom) to teach the course. Covered topographical map reading, declination, geographic coordinate systems, and compass and GPS use. A lot of information to absorb in 2 days! Thanks to all the participants for being so keen and interested in learning” – Minga O’Brien, Leader, Instructor
Evaluations from Navigation Course Apr 9 & 10, 2016:
General Information about Navigation Course
Spring 2016 Navigation Course took place April 9 & 10, 2016. It was taught out of the Baddeck Forks Community Hall, with navigation exercises on nearby lands. The course involved lessons in topographical map reading, compass and GPS use. It was open to 10 participants 16 years of age & older.
The times for the course were the following:
- Saturday, April 9 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
- Sunday, April 10 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
- Have signed and submitted the waiver
- Bring your own meals, snacks, water, beverages, etc. (there will be no time to go off-site for meals)
- Bring a pencil, pen, paper, ruler, compass (if you have one), and calculator
- The GPS lessons will use Garmin Etrex Legends. They will be provided. The instructor will provide lessons based on this model alone
- Arrange your own accommodation.
- Dress for the outdoors each day of the course. We will be heading outside repeatedly throughout the weekend, rain or shine. Remember, April is chilly, often wet and there may still be snow on the ground. You will also need good walking boots. The terrain is somewhat rugged in places, so you should be relatively fit to do this course
- Bring bright orange or bright blue clothing (vest, hat, jacket, gloves, etc)
- Bring a day pack for outdoor use, equipped with warm clothing, a water bottle, whistle, and first aid kit
Take Exit 9 off Highway 105, heading north (away from Baddeck). Continue for about 10 km, crossing 2 narrow one-way bridges. Just before the third bridge, the road turns sharply to the right and on your right you will see the Baddeck Forks Community Hall. It can also be found using Google Maps
Your instructor is Minga O’Brien. She has taught navigation in several natural resource college programs, and is an experienced field biologist and forest technician. If you have any questions about registration, the course content, or how to prepare, please feel free to contact Minga at email@example.com or 902-295-8241
For any questions about payment, please contact Vince Forrestall, Victoria County’s Physical Activity Coordinator (902-295-0387) or (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have registered for the course and decide not to attend, please let us know right away so we can contact people on our waiting list. You can call Minga (902-295-8241) or Vince (902-295-0387). We’re looking forward to seeing you at the course!
FALL 2015 NAVIGATION COURSE A SUCCESS
Naturally Active Victoria County in partnership with Victoria County CAP, Baddeck Academy and Butternut Consulting EcoSystem Research offered a 2-day navigation November 14 &15 at Baddeck Forks. Participants received lessons in topographical map reading, compass and GPS use. Garmin Etrex GPS devices were made available from Victoria County CAP. Compasses made available by Baddeck Academy School.
Enrollment was limited to 10 people with the maximum participating.
The course was be taught by Minga O’Brien, a biologist and forest technician. She has taught navigation at colleges in Labrador and Nova Scotia, and has watched her student’s progress from being uncomfortable walking 50 meters into the woods to being adept at covering large distances in remote areas by reading maps, and using compasses and GPSs. Minga has carried out field work in many Canadian provinces, though she is most familiar with the landscapes and biodiversity of our home province. She has also explored various parts of the world, from hiking in the jungles in Southweast Asia and central America, to walking the high mountains of northern Spain, canoeing to Hudson Bay, kayaking Nova Scotia’s coastline, and back-country skiing in remote parts of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Vermont.
Navigation Course (Nov. 14/15, 2015) Testimonial:
Hi Minga – “Here is a photo of the group. Thanks so much for the informative weekend. You did a great job and I think everyone enjoyed it” – Thanks, David Quimby (Participant)
Navigation Course Fall 2015 A Success – Naturally Active Victoria County would like to thank Instructor Minga O’Brien and all participants on a job well done this past weekend Nov 14 & 15. Spring 2016 Session is full!
Testominials from Evaluations:
“Learned many helpful and useful skils that I would not have been able to learn on m y own; Absolutely – excellent material & Instructor-very informative & practical; Vince Forrestall was very helpful; Excellent was to navigate properly-great; This was a great course & presentation was well done-especially for beginners;
Vince was quick to respond – it was clear as to everything needed to do / bring-easy/well done; Minga O’Brien/great instructor/knowledgeable/good pace of teaching/if needed clarification Minga provided further instruction were both extremely helpful/everything useful; and quick to respond via e-mail/prompt to my inquiries and info was promptly sent;-well done-perfect;
Loved what we learned; We were given everything needed to exceed-wonderful; Great space (Facility) Comfortable-wonderful area to learn; It was great/perfect instruction, no complaints; Loved that we did mix of class work & work outdoors-cool to put into practice what you learned in class;
A great learning experience, 100%-I was not too knowledgeable on this topic, I feel much more prepared to go on a hike; Fun/Informative/useful; an absolutely excellent wonderful course/learning experience; very well done/useful; Would highly recommend. Empowering as a woman taught by a woman; lots of fun; Thank You.