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: Pilot_knob@dnr.iowa.gov or by calling: 641-581-4835.