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Pilot Knob State Park Hosting “Back to Basics” Outdoor Skills Class

For those interested in learning outdoor skills that go “back to the basics,” join DNR Park Ranger Michael Strauser and volunteer instructors at a one-day class at Pilot Knob State Park near Forest City, on Sat., April 28 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

According to Strauser, attendees will participate in hands-on activities such as fire-starting in adverse conditions with natural materials and a ferro rod and striker (other techniques will be demonstrated), water purification, knot tying, knife and hatchet handling, using a tarp as a temporary shelter, and more. This is a fun one-day event for adults at any skill level. Youth aged 12-17 are welcome to attend if accompanied by an adult.

Strauser started the camp last year because of his own enjoyment in back-country camping, and wanted to share techniques with people who may have never tried it.

Participation in the outdoor skills class is limited to twelve people with pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis by either emailing: or by calling: 641-581-4835.