Adirondack Guide program boosts outdoor skills

WARRENSBURG - A program designed to boost outdoor exploration skills and environmental awareness now has openings for youth 12 through 18.

An orientation meeting for the 4-H Adirondack Guide program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at the: Cornell University Cooperative Extension Education Center off Schroon River Rd. in Warrensburg.

"The Adirondack Guide program is an exciting and unique program designed for youth who would like to explore, in depth, natural resource related topics," 4-H coordinator John Bowe said. " The program gives teenagers an opportunity to gain knowledge in the biological sciences and develop teaching and leadership skills."

In this program, sponsored by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, participants advance from the Apprentice Guide level to full Senior 4-H Adirondack Guide status.

Activities include field trips and classes, canoe and hiking trips, and community service projects. Topics taught include map and compass reading, canoeing, plant, and wildlife identification, environmental teaching techniques,woods lore and safety, first aid and lifeguard training, use of outdoor clothing and equipment; wilderness trip coordination, and global positioning systems.

Participants have the opportunity to work with licensed Adirondack guides, forest rangers, fish and wildlife biologists, foresters and skilled woodsmen. The program is conducted in an informal atmosphere, conducive to building confidence and self-esteem, Bowe said.

For details or to register, call Bowe at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 623-3291.

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