Time to Wander off the Path! Land Navigation can take you places.
Arrive the night before with your tent, share a campfire - we'll feed you hot meals and tell you tall tales.
The ability to navigate is essential. In the first place, it will help you to avoid getting lost. If you do get lost, it will help you find your way out.
This workshop is focused on Map and Compass skills. When practiced, you will be prepared and equipped with skills when the occasion arises. Most importantly, you’ll develop the sense to adapt in all situation by using what is available to you.
Navigation is taught by Maine Guide Greg Sarnacki, who leads through woods and waters of Maine confidently and professionally.
• Understanding necessary terminology and course plotting
• Accurate and effective map reading
• Understanding and plotting map coordinates
• Declination: true, grid, and magnetic north
• Scale and distance
• Navigate accurately to distant targets
• Navigating in poor visibility
• Plotting positions on the map should you become “lost”
• Latitude and Longitude
• How to plot UTM coordinates from your map
Land Navigation Handbook; Gregory Sarnacki
- Compass, Notebook & Pen/Pencil, Backpack, Dress for the woods. If you don’t have a compass we suggest: Any compass with 360 degrees and increments with at least 2 degrees, and a see-through bezel. Silva Models are great. The “Military Lensatic” compass is not sufficient and requires more work.
o Walking Shoes/Hiking Boots
o Clothing Layers
o Insect Repellant
o Water bottle
For ADVANCED Navigation: Please click on the page under classes.
For the whole family!
Mattawamkeag River Field Site
with Master Maine Guide, Gregory Sarnacki
and Maine's Outdoor Learning Center
Time: 9am - 5pm
NOTE: Private trips/classes are available at daily Guide rate. Please Ask.
Master Maine Guide, Greg Sarnacki
The BEST! This is really what I came for and it could not have been done better. Greg is so good at what he does and he knows how to pace the information, give time for hands on practice and when to challenge and push you to take the next step to move forward. His down to earth, calm and in depth knowledge is amazing. As a teacher I can totally appreciate his innate ability to share his knowledge with his students in the most kind and considerate ways.
It was a small, yet incredibly powerful group. Due to Covid19, We kept the class to a minimum. We feel so happy to have had these Amazing people to share the day with. Thank you all.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day at The Basic Land Navigation class. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and the food was delicious. Greg is very knowledgeable in map & compass but more importantly, he is able to teach. I spent 17 years of my military career in training. I've met experts in their field who couldn't effectively convey information. I've met many dynamic speakers who could talk for an entire class without saying anything. But Greg is one of those enthusiastic and engaging instructors who draws the audience into the presentation and captures your interest. I learned a lot more from him than I was expecting. Thank you!
Greg was just amazing. It has been a long time since I have had an instructor as passionate and capable as that man. He is a gem for the organization. Watching and listening to him work with my son Gabe was heart warming for me. He did not talk down to him (which happens often with people not used to working with kids) but treated him like a young adult. Thank you.
Summer Camp was cancelled due to the Corona Virus. So, Gabe decided that learning with Maine's Outdoor Learning with his Dad would be a fun summer project.
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