Environmental Education Center

W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817-2158

altonjones@uri.edu401.874.8200 (p); 401.397.3293 (f)

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Outdoor Skills

GOAL: Learn and apply basic outdoor survival skills.


  • Learn the basics of Leave-No-Trace camping.
  • Build a fire and a shelter using natural materials.
  • Gain basic map and compass skills.
  • Learn which itemsĀ are valuable to take into the forest with you.


  • Leave-No-Trace
  • Planning and preparation
  • 10 Essentials
  • Shelter building
  • Fire building
  • Define S.T.O.P.
  • The rules of three
  • Emergency Management

After completing this activity the aim is for students to be able to:

  • Explain the importance of planning ahead and preparing for a wilderness trip.
  • Define Leave No Trace and why it is important.
  • Explain plan of action in case of an emergency.

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