The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with REI to offer Back Country Navigation classes at Cullinan Park.
The class is the first outdoor learning activity to take advantage of the newly acquired park, which includes 754 acres of mostly inaccessible forest and wetlands north of Sugar Land Regional Airport.
Two instructors certified in wilderness first aid will teach groups of 10 people how to use maps and compasses. The six-hour classes are intended to provide students with the basics of land navigation. During the field outings, instructors will help students understand information on maps, the proper use of a compass and how to put the two together while planning trips on the trail. The course covers the tricks of the trade relating to back country navigation as students establish trail routes, navigate their routes and make necessary adjustments in the field.
- learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map;
- learn how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass;
- learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass;
- learn how to plot current positions on maps;
- use a map and compass to navigate to new locations; and
- build confidence in navigation skills.
REI is the nation’s largest consumer cooperative that provides not only recreational equipment, but classes and community outreach to reduce environmental footprints.
Sugar Land annexed Cullinan Park last year after signing historic agreements with the Cullinan Park Conservancy, the city of Houston and the Houston Parks Board.
The conservancy has committed to secure pledges and contributions of at least $5 million within five years and $10 million within 10 years of annexation of the park by the City. More than $1 million has been raised so far.
Future development of the property has long been targeted by the community and is consistent with the conservancy’s efforts to preserve the vast natural resources of the park and provide a place where the community may enjoy nature.
Class schedules and pricing for the Back Country Navigation classes are available at this link. Information will also be available by calling the Imperial Park Recreation Center at 281-275-2885 or following the parks department at www.facebook.com/SugarLandParks.