Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation Class


$69 for REI Members

$89 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 12 people

During this field outing, our instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You'll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you'll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can make sense of your position and plan a route. This hands on course is a great introduction to outdoor navigation and map reading!

  • Read a topographic map
  • Understand the difference between true north and magnetic north
  • Learn to calculate declination
  • Use a compass to take a bearing, plot your position on a map, and develop a route plan
  • Build confidence in your navigational skills

What to bring with you


The class will be held at Anne Springs Close Greenway: Lake Haigler Entrance. Participants are responsible for transportation to the class location. An email with more details will be sent to registered participants the week of class. There will be a $5 entry fee to the Greenway for participants unless individual has an Anne Springs Close Greenway membership, then entry is free.

Map image of Anne Springs Close Greenway: Lake Haigler

More directions and information

Anne Springs Close Greenway, a 2,100 acre nature preserve with over 40 miles of trails, is a REI Charlotte multiple year grant recipient.