Young fishermen (or those of any age) can hone their skills with Outdoor Chattanooga. (Photo: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS)

Outdoor Chattanooga is again offering winter workshops, which are free outdoor education and skill building classes open to the public.

No reservation or experience is required to attend.

The workshops take place Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 through March 1 at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park, 200 River St.

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Wilderness First Aid (part one), Jan. 18
Wilderness first aid training prepares you for how to handle potential emergencies in the woods until you can get to definitive care. This class is not for certification, but does offer discussions for training and practice purposes. Participants will gain a better understanding on how to assess, treat and (when possible) contain emergencies related to soft tissue injury, fractures, trauma and building splints.

Wilderness First Aid (part two), Jan. 25
Wilderness first aid training prepares you to handle potential emergencies in the woods until you can get to definitive care. This class is not for certification, but does offer discussions for training and practice purposes. Participants will gain a better understanding on how to assess, treat and (when possible) contain emergencies related to environmental disasters, exposure, survival hacks, hypothermia and hyperthermia.

Fishing 101, Feb. 1
Take your knowledge of fishing beyond a worm and cane pole in this beginner’s basics class taught by fishing experts from Bass Pro Shops. This workshop will dive into the different types of lines and lures, how the seasons and weather can change your fishing experience, and the ethics of fishing. No experience is necessary.

Bike Packing 101, Feb. 8
Think backpacking via bicycle. Cover more ground than your feet alone can and access more remote places. Gaston Farmer, a local outdoors recreation expert and athlete, will discuss two distinct styles of the sport, essential gear and equipment, packing list and how to pack, trip planning tips, and resources.

Bike Maintenance 101, Feb. 15
Outdoor Chattanooga bicycle guru James Eubank will lead participants through three aspects of bicycle maintenance: fixing a flat tire and how to prevent flats, quick ways to clean and lube your bicycle with minimal equipment, and how to conquer the daunting task of tuning your rear derailleur. Participants can choose one or all three skills to learn. No previous bike knowledge is required, tools will be provided, and questions will be encouraged. Hands and clothing might get dirty/greasy. Bring your bike or use one of Outdoor Chattanooga’s.

Navigate With Map and Compass, Feb. 22
We’ve become pretty dependent on smartphones for wayfinding, but what happens if the signal fails or the battery dies while you’re out on the trail? Learn the basics of how to navigate using the “old-school” method of map and compass. Maps and compasses are available to use.

How to Plan and Lead a Day Hike, March 1
Proper planning and preparation are necessary when you venture into the great outdoors, especially if you are the one organizing a group to wander through the woods with you. Learn the elements of preparing for and leading a day hike as a way to make your trip safer and more enjoyable for all involved. From an essential gear packing list to information about area trails, you’ll walk away with the knowledge and confidence to lead a group day hike.

To learn more, email [email protected] or call 423-643-6888. Click here for Outdoor Chattanooga’s Facebook page.

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