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All outdoor enthusiasts, from amateur to old hat, need to brush up on their survival skills now and then. This February, the Survival Series is back at Bays Mountain Park to give you a crash course on surviving and thriving in the wilderness.

This series is designed to teach you what you need to know to take care of yourself and others while spending time outdoors, whether here at Bays Mountain Park or any outdoor destination you find yourself exploring. We’ll help you feel safe and prepared every time you step outside.

At 1 p.m. every Saturday in February, gather with park staff to learn about a different outdoor survival topic each session.

  • 1 – Trail Etiquette: Learn some unwritten rules to help govern activity and make the experience more pleasant for all those participating.
  • 8 – Lost in the Woods: Learn a variety of ways to finding your way back to civilization.
  • 15 – Winter Food Survival: Learn what to eat from the wilderness during winter.
  • 22 – Hiking with a Dog: Find out what gear you’ll need when hiking with your four legged friend.
  • 29 – Emergency Shelters: Learn about what materials to use when constructing an emergency shelter.

Park guests can purchase tickets for the Survival Series the day of the event at the Nature Center gift shop for $3 per person. Tickets for Park Association members are free (must show pass at gift shop), and all participants should check in at the gift shop. Attend all the sessions to receive a certificate!

All programs except “Emergency Shelters” will be held in the Discovery Theater in the Nature Center. “Emergency Shelters” will begin at the Farmstead Museum, and all guests should dress for the weather and plan on hiking through the woods. Guests who attend all five sessions will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information on Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, please visit or call (423)229-9447.