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Survival series returns to Bays Mountain Park

Staff reports • Jan 31, 2020 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — All outdoors enthusiasts, from amateur to old hat, need to brush up on their survival skills from time to time. This February, a popular survival series is returning to Bays Mountain Park to give you a crash course on surviving and thriving in the wilderness.

The series is designed to teach you what you need to know to take care of yourself and others while spending time outdoors, whether you’re at Bays Mountain Park or any other outdoor destination you find yourself exploring. Park staff aim to help you feel safe and prepared every time you step outside.

At 1 p.m. on every Saturday in February, you’ll gather with park staff to learn about a different outdoor survival topic. Here’s a listing of the topics:

- Feb. 1 – Trail Etiquette: Learn some unwritten rules to help govern activity and make the experience more pleasant for all those participating.

- Feb. 8 – Lost in the Woods: Learn a variety of ways of finding your way back to civilization.

- Feb. 15 – Winter Food Survival: Learn what to eat from the wilderness during winter.

- Feb. 22 – Hiking with a Dog: Find out what gear you’ll need when hiking with your four-legged friend.

- Feb. 29 – Emergency Shelters: Learn about what materials to use when constructing an emergency shelter.

Park guests can purchase tickets for the Survival Series the day of the event at the Nature Center gift shop for $3 per person. Tickets for Park Association members are free (must show pass at gift shop), and all participants should check in at the gift shop.

All programs except “Emergency Shelters” will be held in the Discovery Theater in the Nature Center.

“Emergency Shelters” will begin at the Farmstead Museum, and all guests should dress for the weather and plan on hiking through the woods.

Guests who attend all five sessions will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information visit baysmountain.com or call (423)-229-9447.