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Outdoor Adventure Month.
Let’s Go Hiking!
Hike for an hour or a day, in the mountains, in a field, or in your neighborhood. Fresh air and exercise with views will leave everyone refreshed and renewed.
Enjoy your outdoor adventures by staying safe. Teach kids how to use hiking tools like a compass and a map, and encourage them to “hike with a purpose” with open eyes, keen ears and a sense of wonder.
Hiking Safety Basics
• Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return
• Begin by walking slowly to warm up your muscles
• Never hike alone or at night
• Use the buddy system
• Dress properly for the weather and environment
• Wear sun and insect protection
• Take an extra pair of socks in case you need to change
• Obey traffic signs and signals
• Stay on the trail, sidewalk, or side of the road
• Walk facing oncoming traffic if you must walk on the road
• Be alert to your surroundings
• Watch for weather changes
• Watch for dangerous animals, insects, and plants
• Never touch a wild animal
• Carry 1 pint of water for each hour you will be hiking
• Never drink untreated water
• Don’t litter as you hike
Use Hiking Tools
• Learn to read a compass for north
• Orient your position during your stops
• Global Positioning System
• Know how GPS works
• If possible carry GPS with you to identify your location and your destination
• Mark a map with your planned route
• Carry the map with you and note landmarks
Hikes With Purpose
• Nature Hike
• Identify five different trees
• Identify five different birds
• Identify three poisonous plants
• Neighborhood Hike
• Identify closest and farthest bus stops
• Identify police station
• Identify hospital or medical clinic
• Historical Hike
• Look for the oldest home on the route
• Look for oldest tree on the route
• Look for oldest sign on the route
• Stop-Look-and-Listen Hike
• Stop periodically and identify sights and sounds around you
• Stop every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or hour
• Keep track to compare different sights and sounds
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