March 29, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Map Reading/Land Navigation Course
Offered at Swan Ecosystem Center
If you'd like to have a better idea of where you are and where you're going (geographically speaking), there's a course coming up that's just for you.
Whether you hike, hunt, work or travel in the great outdoors, it's handy to know how to use maps, a compass, and other navigation systems. In fact, your life could depend on it someday.
This course, offered by the Swan Ecosystem Center, will be April 23 through May 5, 7-10 p.m. on weekdays and one, possibly two, Saturday mornings. It will include compass use, map reading, triangulation and resection, and other methods of determining location.
It's an excellent class for beginners as well as those with some knowledge of these skills, and it will include both practical exercises and field work, so figure on some fun along with your learning!
The instructor for the course, Mike Lake, is a resident of the Swan Valley and an avid outdoors man. Before he retired from the U.S. Army, he had ample opportunity to use his skills in land navigation .
The cost of the 33-36 hour course is $40. Two college credits are also available from the Univ. of Montana School of Forestry for an additonal $115. Classes will be held at the Swan Ecosystem Center, located at the U.S. Forest Service Condon Work Center at milepost 43.
For further information, call the Swan Ecosystem Center at 754-3137.