Navigation Activity (3 of 4) - In-Person Workshop: Students & Instructors

Lecture: Wilderness Navigation Course

Navigation Activity (3 of 4) - In-Person Workshop: Students & Instructors - Bellevue Botanical Garden

The third of four activities required to complete the Foothills Wilderness Navigation course.

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Session will be held at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens 12001 Main St., Bellevue 98005. Please arrive early. Check-in will be from 6:00 to 6:30, Class will start promptly at 6:30.

Before the class starts you should have your compass declination properly set, UTM lines drawn on your Baring map and Gaia GPS installed on your smartphone. Please arrive by 5:45, if you need assistant or a little extra time to get ready. 

Click the "More+" button below to read all the important Workshop info!

Sign up

Before you can sign up for this activity as a student, you first need to sign up and pay for the "Wilderness Navigation Course - Foothills" (the link to that course is to the right).  Instructors do not need to pay.

Both the eLearning Workshop and Online GPS Module must be completed before attending the In-Person Workshop. 

See the main Course Page and/or the Curriculum Summary for more detail on this activity.  The link to the main course is to the right, and the Course Materials are in   

Before you Arrive
Please come prepared. After completing the two Online components, you should be prepared with the following:

  • Basic Trip Plan completed (Bring it to the workshop)
  • Gaia GPS App Loaded on Device
  • Recorded at least one track yourself
  • Recorded at least one waypoint
  • Device fully charged
  • Download GPX from Gaia folder
  • Read a Swiss Alps Case Study
  • Bring a headlamp
  • Dress for the outdoors.

Day of In-Person Workshop

  • Where
    Please see the Course page for the Workshop location

  • When
    If you had difficulty setting up your GPS during the GPS Module, please arrive by 6:15 PM so we can assist you with your remaining setup. Otherwise, please arrive from 6:30 to 6:45pm  to check in. Class will begin promptly at 7pm.    The Workshop normally ends around 9:15pm (9:30pm the latest).

  • What to Bring
    * Consider bringing a headlamp and/or magnifying lens to help with reading map fine details 
    * You are welcome to bring food to eat during the Workshop, but keep it simple.
    * Bring a sharp pencil (mechanical pencils work great).
    * Bring paper for taking notes.

  •  Maps
    You must be purchased in advance of the Workshop "USGS 7.5 Baring". It costs about $8.00. It  available from Mountianeers Books either at the Seattle Program Center Bookstore or online. 

    See the Required Equipment tab on the Course page for more information. 

Rescheduling or cancellation

Registration closes one week before the Workshop.  If you must cancel or reschedule, please do so as soon as you can to make room for people on the waitlist.  After registration closes you can make changes by contacting the course leader or by contacting Member Services.

Come prepared to instruct students who likely have a wide range of experience:

  1.  Review your "Instructor Workshop Packet."  If you haven't obtained one via email about a week before the activity, please email the activity leader.  We will also have paper copies at the workshop.  
  2.  Review the "Student Field Trip" and "Instructor Field Trip" packets as well, to help you answer questions about the upcoming field trip. The student version  is available in "Course Materials" on the course page.
  3. Review the GPS Online Module and prepare your own smartphone with Gaia GPS along with the required tracks and waypoints.
  4. Bring your compass and GPS.  You don't necessarily need to bring your own maps, but it can help.

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See Course Materials tab and Required Equipment Tab on the Course page for more details on these items.

Trip Reports