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ENV 1012   Outdoor Equipment and Survival   Credits: 3

In this course, students will be introduced to basic outdoor survival techniques and will develop an understanding of small engines, both essential skills for environmental workers. Students will examine strategies to maintain their safety when working in the wilderness including navigation with map and compass, water procurement and purification, natural edibles, primitive tools such as animal traps, ropes, knots, shelters, fire starting materials. Students will demonstrate wilderness signalling techniques and examine other communication tools. They will also acquire the skills to perform basic wilderness first aid in case of exposure, allergies, and some common outdoor injuries, as well as encounters with wild animals. Maintenance and repair of two- and four-cycle engines are practiced. Special attention is given to outboard, ATV, and snow-machine engines, which have become indispensable tools for today’s environmental monitoring workers.

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