Introduction to Map & Compass Navigation Class

9:00 AM  –  3:30 PM

Anne Springs Close Greenway: Lake Haigler

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

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


Class will take place at the Lake Haigler Entrance of Anne Springs Close Greenway. Participants will be responsible for the $5 entry fee into the Greenway- unless participant is a member of Anne Springs Close Greenway, then entry is free. All registered participants will receive a email prior to the date of the class with more information and details.

Anne Springs Close Greenway: Lake Haigler

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