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Be more confident on your hikes and camping trips by taking wilderness survival classes

COURTESY PHOTO  - Learn outdoor wilderness skills through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation this fall.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation encourages all to join Coyle Outside for a series of Wilderness Skills workshops. Learn necessary outdoor skills to survive an adventure in the wilderness. Register for one or all workshops.

Shelter — Learn to set up a tent, a tarp shelter and emergency shelter. This workshop covers the basic principles for shelter site selection and improvisation. For ages 16+, noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, Mary S. Young Park, $49.

Navigation and Orienteering Skills — Learn natural, compass and map skills. Materials provided. For ages 16+, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, Mary S. Young Park, $49.

Fire Safety Skills — Learn about fire triangles, safety, survival and primitive techniques. Materials provided. For ages 16+, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, Mary S. Young Park, $49.

Thanksgiving Break Camps

Intro to Fencing — Learn the basic tactical and technical skills of the Olympic sport of sabre fencing. This dynamic sport offers challenges to quick thinking, coordination, strength and stamina. Safety emphasized. Equipment provided. For ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 25-27, Christ Church Parish (CCP), $107.

Sculpy Sculpture — Create fantastical creatures, animals and people using the technique of building wire and tin foil armatures, then covering it with sculpy. For ages 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Tuesday, Nov. 25-26, (CCP), $138.

Stewardship Volunteer Opportunities

Mulching Party at Springbrook Park — Saturday, Nov. 16, 9-11 a.m. Join Friends of Springbrook Park to spread mulch around newly planted native species. Park at Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road. The park trailhead is behind the playground. Contact Laura Tanz 503-702-7937 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pull Together At Iron Mt. Park — Sunday, Nov. 17, 1-3 p.m. Remove invasive species that smother the important native species. Rain or shine, we need your help. Contact Kristen Engstrom at 503-699-9809 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Babysitter Training — The topics of this class include accident prevention, handling emergencies, first aid, child development, positive supervision and the rights and responsibilities of a "good" babysitter. For ages 10-15, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, CCP, $107.

Cork Art and Wine

Cork Art for Adults — Bring friends and your favorite corks. A variety of cork projects offered, from wine charms to holiday inspired art, this class gives you plenty of ways to get crafty with corks. All supplies, refreshments and two glasses of wine provided. For ages 21+, 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, CCP, $35.

Holiday Themed Art Classes

Holiday Gift Making — Experience three very different sessions creating holiday inspired art. Each afternoon focuses on different projects including rock painting, cork ornaments and more. All materials provided. For ages 7-12, 4-5 p.m., Wednesdays, Dec. 4-18, CCP, $43.

Paper Quilling for the Holidays — Use strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, looped, curled, twisted, pinched, glued and other wise manipulated to create shapes, designs and keepsake décor. Quilling paper and tools provided. For ages 18+, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 14, CCP, $27.

Registration Information

Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Activities Guide and online at www.loparks.org. You may register by internet, mail, drop-off during business hours at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, at the Public Golf Course, 17525 Stafford Road, Lake Oswego 97035; or fax 503-697-6579; phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are also available for Lake Oswego residents.

Judy Nelson is a registrar with Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.


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