Homepage of Get outdoors safely: with maps!
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Tuesday 17 November
Where Can We Get Out and About?
Meet Bevan from the Mountain Safety Council. Consult some maps and see how to find suitable tracks and trails for your next adventure.
Prepare to Get Outdoors
Visit the Department of Conservation Visitor's Centre in Wellington to check on local weather and track conditions. Then check what gear Bevan has packed for a walk up Matairangi/Mount Victoria.
What Makes a Good Recreational Map
Walk up Matairangi/Mount Victoria and talk to Karl from Toitū te Whenua, Land Information New Zealand. Inspect a map and look for its five main features.
Out and About With Map Skills
Look at two different ways to orient a map so that you can accurately know where you are.
Wednesday 18 November
Welcome to the Ops Room
Come inside the Operations Room at the Rescue Coordination Centre in Lower Hutt. Discover the important role that RCCNZ plays in organising search and rescue operations.
Coordinating Rescues in the Outdoors
Talk to Sam a Search and Rescue Officer with RCCNZ to find out what happens when something goes wrong in the outdoors and a distress beacon is activated.
Join Karl from Toitū te Whenua/LINZ to find out what GPS is and how it works off satellites to give accurate locations.
Thursday 19 November
Search and Rescue
Talk to Luke a police officer at the Lower Hutt Police Station. Take a look around the Search and Rescue Operations Room and see how the SAR team plans a search and rescue.
Quita the Search and Rescue Dog
Meet Rob and his police dog Quita. Discover how search dogs are trained, see Quita in action and look at some of the technology used to track search dogs.
Search and Rescue in Action
Catch up with the SAR team out at the Catchpool Valley in the Remutaka Forest Park to see how they carry out a Search and Rescue Exercise.
Stay Safe Out There
Take a walk along the Ōrongorongo Track and talk to Luke and Karl about what to do when lost and what actions can help keep you safe during outdoor adventures.