The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is now accepting registrations for its upcoming land navigation clinic. The two-day course will be held at Camp Whitsett in Kern County on Sept. 15 and 16.

This weekend clinic is part of DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program. The course is designed to help students learn and practice basic navigation skills using a map, compass and GPS. Participants will learn about magnetic declination, the workings of a baseplate compass, map reading, how to stay oriented naturally, and how to use magnetic bearings, map coordinate systems and GPS. All course materials and equipment will be provided.

The course is limited to 25 participants, so please register early. Registration forms are available online at

The cost is $65 for adults. Students 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. DFG’s Advanced Hunter Education Program will provide all necessary class equipment, but meals are not included. Participants will camp overnight as part of the course.

Camp Whitsett is located in the Sequoia National Forest, 70 miles east of Bakersfield and 192 miles north of Los Angeles.

Image courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Game

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