Map and Compass for Families  

Date/Time: Sunday, October 19, 9 am – 2 pm
Meet at: Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Fee: $25 JTNPA/PINE member $35 non member (per person)
Instructor: Theresa Walsh
Hike Level: Easy

Connect with your family and Joshua Tree National Park by participating in our family programs. We offer a variety of activities from navigation and tracking to scientific experiments in the desert.

The Desert Institute offers half day courses for children from 8 – 13 years old and their parents, grandparents or guardians. Field trip material correlates with grade level science standards (grades 4-6) and will support your child’s science education. Each course is limited to twelve participants (kids and parents). Course fees are Per Person (p/p).

Learning to read a compass and map can be a fun and exciting experience for children. The compass , a navigational tool used to find direction, is a simple object that even young children can become proficient at using. A variety of real-life exercises that involve map-reading and problem-solving skills can help children develop an understanding of how the compass and map can be a useful everyday tool. By incorporating movement and games into the practice, children will quickly gain enthusiasm for their new skills.
Bring snacks, a lunch and water, a day pack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and hat, and an open mind for learning in the Joshua Tree National Park!

This is a half-day course for children from 8 – 13 years accompanied with their parent, grandparent or guardian.

Download the course outline: Map and Compass for Families Fall 2014

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.


If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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