August 2, 2023 Chapter Meeting

Beyond our Backyards: An Introduction to Wilderness Navigation

a compass sits on top a paper map

In this overview, Arthur Kuehne will share tips and techniques that will enable you to feel confident when you travel beyond your backyard to study and enjoy nature. While he won’t go into great detail on the technical aspects of map, compass, gps, etc., he will share practical advice from his many years of backpacking. Join us and learn about the key tools and techniques of wilderness navigation, and the most common navigation mistakes hikers make and how to avoid them.

Join us in person at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus (map), or online via Zoom:

6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

Supplemental Activity: Hands on Navigation at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve – August 5, 2023

We will meet at 8/5/23 at 7:30AM at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (on the sidewalk near the Parker Road parking) for some fun hands-on practice with wilderness navigation tools.  Arthur will bring supplies (maps, compasses, etc). Please sign up so we can make sure to have enough supplies for everyone.

Our Speaker

headshot of our speaker Arthur Kuehne.

Arthur Kuehne has been a volunteer for environmental and social justice issues his entire adult life. After college, he spent years volunteering on campaigns to register voters, get out the vote, and support progressive candidates. He also developed a love of the outdoors and the environment. These passions led him to the Sierra Club where he has been an active volunteer for over 40 years.

Arthur has served the Sierra Club in many capacities, including as chair of the Dallas Group and Chair of the Lone Star Chapter. He has also chaired the Dallas Group’s Outings Committee and has served on the executive committee several times over the years.

Arthur has been active with the Dallas Group outings program for many years and has led numerous backpacking, canoeing, and day hiking trips in Texas and throughout the Southwest. Arthur has a passion for outdoor education. He helped develop the acclaimed outdoor education classes provided by the Dallas Sierra Club, including Beginner Backpacking and Wilderness Navigation.

Arthur’s other interests include photography, green/energy-efficient building, woodworking and metalworking, computers, and nature study.

Map/Compass Image: Braden Van Dragt courtesy of REI

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