Outdoor Chattanooga Offers Free Winter Workshops

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Outdoor Chattanooga’s Winter Workshop Series returns in 2018 to offer a series of classroom-based, outdoor education and skill building workshops that are free and open to the public.

No reservations or experience is required to attend. Join for one, some or all to learn or improve outdoor skills. Workshops occur Thursdays, from 6-7:30 p.m., Jan. 18 through March 1, at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park, 200 River Street, Chattanooga, Tn. 37405.

Winter Workshop Schedule

Jan. 18 – Wilderness First Aid Part 1

Learn skills and techniques for how to handle potential emergencies in the woods with this 2-part introduction to Wilderness First Aid. This class is not for certification, but does offer insightful discussions for training and practice purposes. Participants will gain a better understanding on how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies related to soft tissue injury, fractures, trauma and building splints.   

Jan. 25 – Wilderness First Aid Part 2

Learn skills and techniques for how to handle potential emergencies in the woods with this 2-part introduction to Wilderness First Aid. This class is not for certification, but does offer insightful discussions for training and practice purposes. Participants will gain a better understanding on how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies related to environmental disasters, exposure, survival hacks, hypothermia and hyperthermia.

Feb. 1 – Fishing 101   

Take your knowledge of fishing beyond a worm and cane pole in this beginner’s basic class taught by the fishing experts at Bass Pro Shops. This workshop will dive into the different types of lines and lures, how the seasons and weather can change the fishing experience, and the ethics of fishing. No experience necessary, just an interest in learning more about casting a line and lure into any of the streams, rivers or lakes that surround the Scenic City.  

Feb. 8 – Bikepacking 101

Think backpacking via bicycle. Bikepacking allows you to cover more ground on two wheels than you can on two feet, and gives you access to remote places with increased adventure. Gaston Farmer, local outdoor recreation expert and athlete, will discuss two distinct styles of the sport, essential gear and equipment, packing list and how to pack, trip planning tips and resources. After attending this workshop, beginner to advanced cyclists will find more opportunities for unique family fun, ‘wheelie’ remote weekend warrior adventures, or maybe even be inspired to complete an epic cross country bikepacking adventure!

Feb. 15 – Bike Maintenance 101

Outdoor Chattanooga’s bicycle guru, James Eubank, will lead participants through three different aspects of bicycle maintenance; fixing a flat tire and how to prevent flats, quick ways to clean and lube your bicycle with minimal equipment, and how to conquer the daunting task of tuning your rear derailleur. Participants can choose one or all three skills to learn. No previous bike knowledge is required, tools will be provided and questions will be encouraged. Hands and clothing might get dirty/greasy. Bring a bike or borrow a bike for practicing skills.

Feb. 22 – Navigate with Map and Compass

We’ve become pretty dependent on smartphones for way finding, but what happens if the signal fails or the battery dies while you’re out on the trail?  Learn the basics of how to navigate using the “old school” method of map and compass. Maps and compasses are available to use in small groups for class.

March 1 – How to Plan and Lead a Day Hike

Proper planning and preparation is necessary anytime you venture into the great outdoors, especially if you are the one organizing a group to wander through the woods with you. Learn the elements of preparing for and leading a day hike as a way to make your trip safer and more enjoyable for all involved. From an essential gear packing list to information about area trails along with trail maps and suggestions for beginner and seasoned hikers, you’ll walk away with the knowledge and confidence to venture out and lead a group day hike.

For more information:
Email info@OutdoorChattanooga.com 
Call (423) 643-6888
Visit: https://outdoorchattanooga.com/learn/winter-workshops/
https://www.facebook.com/outdoorchattanooga/



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