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Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Course and Field Guides

The Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course is designed for scouts and scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who works or spends time in remote environments, this course teaches advanced skills to be used in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 14 years old and hold current adult CPR/AED certification.
2 year certification

Course length: 16 hours
Topics include:

  • Primary and Secondary Assessments
  • Heat-Related Emergencies
  • Hypothermia
  • Altitude-Related Illnesses
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Wounds and Wound Infection

Course listings may be found online; if a course is not available near you, course materials  may be purchased in print versions or downloaded for free.

First aid skills form requirements for Boating Safety, Camping, Emergency Prepardness, Fire Safety and Fire Building, Hiking, Outdoor Skills, and Swimming badges. In addition, this is sure to be a useful course for adult volunteers as well.

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Heartland Open Adventures, Saturdays

Heartland Center is a camp, conference, and retreat center in Parkville, Missouri dedicated to building relationships in a Christ-centered environment. Facilities and programs include overnight and day camps for children and youth grades K-12, retreat and conference facilities, Heartland Challenge Adventure courses including a rock wall and zip-line, horseback trail riding and banquet and catering. And through their Open Adventures program, you can try out a variety of adventures for just an afternoon!

Note: Heartland has recently been receiving a lot of good publicity, so the Open Adventures program has become very popular. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early!

Open Clip         $18/person

90-minute sessions that include rock wall, zip line, and vertical playground in a fun relaxed atmosphere. 10 years old & up.

Session 1          1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Session 2          2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Open Trail Rides       $15/person 

60-minute sessions include instruction and ride (approx. 40 min) on the forested trails located on our 320+ acre property. 10 years old & up.

Session 1    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 2    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session 3    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Open Swim              $3/person          Memorial Day – Labor Day

After a hot afternoon, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool. Lifeguards on duty. Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult. Modest swimwear required.

1:00pm – 4:00 p.m.

Free Family Activities                 Available 1-4pm each Saturday.

Disc Golf – Basketball – Horseshoes – Hiking Trails – Gaga Ball

Maps and equipment checkout available at registration in main office.

All participants must complete a release of liability form prior to registration.

If you would like more information read the Heartland Adventures Brochure

Weekly, April 13 – November 16
Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at noon)

Heartland Center
16965 NW 45 Hwy (1 mile West of I-435 on Hwy 45)
Kansas City MO 64152

Website

Open Adventures brochure

Does Nature Make You Smarter?

For a neuroscience lab, it sure is cold. Maybe 20℉ or so, judging by the sting on my exposed cheeks. Indeed, an observer would be hard-pressed to see any traditional research going on here. There’s not a single white coat, MRI, or PET scanner to be found. I don’t have a sensor stuck to my scalp. Instead, I’m snuggled in a sleeping bag, surrounded by sagebrush and willow deep within a red-rock maze of hulking sandstone cliffs. But science will be done. It’s my fourth morning in the wild, and I’m supposed to take a cognitive test that’s part of a groundbreaking research project. And I will, as soon as my fingers thaw enough to grip a pen.

The sunrise colors the Ancient Puebloan ruin to the east, and I hunker down in my bag, waiting for the rays to reach my tent. When they do, I unzip the door so I can see the warming sky and unfold the test. Behind me, assorted rustlings and yawns tell me that my five campmates are doing the same thing. The six of us represent the very first step in a cognitive pilot study aimed at exploring a question every reader of this magazine will find intriguing: Does backpacking make you smarter?

The researchers who designed this experiment hypothesize that exposure to nature causes significant, measurable changes to the brain. These changes let you think more clearly, focus more acutely, and perform to your maximum cognitive ability. In short: Wilderness makes you smarter. And the longer you’re out there (up to a point), the smarter you’ll get. Recent studies have already linked wilderness exposure with stress reduction and overall happiness. I can’t help but ponder the ramifications of all this as I consider the first question on my Remote Associates Test. This canyon in southern Utah may not look like an academic setting, but the neuroscientists behind this study could prove that trail time actually makes the brain perform better. Compelling evidence would make hiking a lock for the good-for-you activity hall of fame, to be sure, but that’s not all. Imagine a world in which backpacking becomes the science-recommended way to prepare for the SATs, chess tournaments, and all of life’s biggest mental challenges.

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Take A First Day Hike At A Park Near You, Jan. 1

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2013 at a state park. Each guided hike will offer individuals and families opportunities to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on the first day of the year. Currently there are 657 First Day Hikes planned.

Many hikes are free, but some may require park admission; check the park listings for information. For all hikes, participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring binoculars, camera, snacks and water bottle. State park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes.

“I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than hiking through one of our beautiful Kansas state parks,” said Linda Craghead, KDWPT Assistant Secretary for Parks and Tourism. “Hiking on one of the many maintained state park trails promotes a healthy lifestyle, is a great family activity and blends stunning winter landscapes with opportunities to see a variety of wildlife.”

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Wild-Snapping: Digital Photography Helps Techno-Savvy Kids Focus on Nature

https://i2.wp.com/www.childrenandnature.org/blog/wp-content/authors/David%20FitzSimmons-107.jpgNext time you’re trying to drum up some enthusiasm for a nature walk or hike, why not consider turning it into a photo safari? It appeals to their techno-saavy selves, encourages both close observation and creativity, helps them spread their enthusiasm, and so much more.

Read more about it on the Children and Nature site.