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Junior Rangers Curriculum 2018

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3rd Monday at Riverbend Park, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Feb 19 – Science of Survival Series: Fire and staying warm (instructor: George Place). We will practice skill sets in the following areas:  ferrocerium bar, sparks, cotton, cotton + Vaseline, fire structures and the fire triangle (air, heat, fuel), how your body loses heat, strategies to reduce heat loss, and clothing.

March 19 –(instructor: Lori Owenby) iNaturalist 101…an introduction to Citizen Science at its finest. Learn how to use this valuable app for identifying species that you come across in everyday life—plus you can explore other regions and places to see what species have been identified there.

April 16 – Science of Survival Series: Orienteering (instructor: George Place). We will practice skill sets in the following areas:  how does the compass work, true north vs. magnetic north, declination, how to tell true north, how to orient a map, shooting an asthmus, and how to know your pace and how to estimate distance traveled.

May 21 – (instructor: Lori Owenby)Native Bees….we will delve into the little known world of our native bee species, learning how they are different from Honey Bees and how to attract them to your yard and garden.

June 18 – Science of Survival Series: Food and Water (instructor: George Place). We will practice skill sets in the following areas:  cooking and snacking on the trail, dehydrated foods for longer trips, cooking with stoves, cooking with open fire – review of firecraft skills, and procuring and treating water.

July 16 – (instructor: Lori Owenby)July is National Parks and Recreation Month… we will learn about some fantastic local, state, and federal parks here in western North Carolina!

Aug 20 – Science of Survival Series: Shelters, Knots, and Basic Bushcraft (instructor: George Place). We will practice skill sets in the following areas:  basic A-Frame with a tarp and tie down knots, tying up a bear bag, lashing sticks together, and other outdoor knots.

Rescheduling To Be Announced – Science of Survival Series:  Skill-A-Thon (instructor: George Place). We put your skills to the test in a firecraft competition, shelter competition, bear bag competition, and orienteering competition.

Oct 15 – (instructor: Lori Owenby) North Carolina’s Native Mussels… an introduction to the complicated and fascinating life cycles of these “lowly” bi-valves. They are among the most endangered species on earth and we will discuss why that is and how we can help them.

November 19– (instructor: Lori Owenby) Minnows of the Catawba River….an introduction to the many species of fish that call the Catawba River and its tributaries home.