Outdoor Survival Basics

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$79 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 9 people
  • Instructor REI Experiences Guide

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

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Private Experiences Available on Weekdays Price: $304 Book a private session and you'll get this experience for just you and your group of family or friends. Enjoy more one-on-one time with your guide or instructor and more flexibility on date and time choices. The price for each private session covers everything needed for up to four people to participate in the class or activity. If fewer than four people participate, the price doesn't change. Please email us at Austin-os@rei.com

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Please note that McKinney Roughs Nature Park is different than McKinney Falls State Park. Once you enter the park, you'll follow the park road for about 1/2 mile. Park in either parking lot near the park buildings. For questions, please email Austin-OS@rei.com or call 512-482-3357, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. You will not need to pay an entrance fee, when participating in an REI class.