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5 Outdoor Skills To Brush Up On

While your spring adventure gear sits waiting for the day you can get outside again, now is the perfect time to brush up on your outdoor skills, or even learn some new ones.

Knots to Know

Even if you’re not a climber or a sailor, knowing the best knot for any situation always comes in handy. Say, putting together the ultimate blanket fort for the kids?
Best Knots for the Outdoors – REI
5 Knots You Should Know – Outside Online
Seven Essential Knots for Sailors – Sail Magazine

Find Your Way

Relying on technology to cooperate and stay charged is a great way to get lost in the woods or on the water. Dust off your compass and some topo maps and get practicing!
How to Use a Compass – REI
How to Read a Topo Map – REI

Furry Friends

With less human traffic, animals are laying claim to land that was once theirs. Learn how to identify the common animals in your area to keep track of your furry and feathered neighbors.
Nature Guides – The National Wildlife Federation
Animal Tracks Identification Guide – Greenbelly
Guide to North American Birds – Audubon (also check out their awesome app for easy identification on the go)

Stargazing

Keep an eye on the night sky above you. Stargazing is a great activity you can do from most backyards on a clear night. Teach yourself the constellations and use an app to confirm what you’re seeing!
Spot the Station – NASA
Best Stargazing Apps – Good Housekeeping
Skywatching – Space.com

Safety First

First aid skills and basic safety tips are great to learn for any situation, indoors or outside. To be sure you have the best and most up to date information, always check your sources and opt for courses by trained professionals.
Red Cross Online Safety Classes
Book Store – Wilderness Medical Association

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