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Outdoor Survival Basics

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  • Fitness level 1: Relaxed
  • Skill level 1: Beginner
  • Group size: 10

Do you know what to do if something goes awry on your next outdoor excursion? During this class you will learn practical tips and strategies that every outdoor traveler should know. We'll cover the 10 essentials and their practical applications. You'll also learn about emergency priorities, how to make an emergency shelter, how to locate and access drinking water, and how to start a fire. This class is designed for anyone who spends time outside and wants to build their confidence with outdoor skills.

  • Learn the 10 essentials and how to use them
  • Understand Survival Priorities
  • Practice building simple tarp shelters, filtering water, and starting a fire
  • Build confidence in your outdoor self-reliance skills


You will receive a reminder email 72 hours before your class. Participants in this class will not need to pay a park entry fee.

McKinney Roughs Nature Park

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Please note that McKinney Roughs Nature Park is different from McKinney Falls State Park. McKinney Roughs Nature Park has a $5 entrance fee. Please pay when you arrive at the Visitors' Center. Contact the REI Outdoor School ( to see if a shuttle will be provided from the downtown Austin REI store for this class.