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CROC Member Training - Mapping Fieldwork

The CROC member training series offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others.  Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events.

Mapping Fieldwork - Woodlawn Park

Orienteering maps usually begin with the discovery of an area. "This would be a fun orienteering place!" you think. The next step is computer-drawing a scaled base map using digital sources. Buildings, trails, and other major features can be put in the right places on this outline map. The final, critical, step is fieldwork, an observing adventure in the real world, which brings the map alive by adding all the special orienteering details.

In this workshop, we’ll do the fieldwork to complete an O-map of Woodlawn Park, a small but detail-rich location in NE Portland. The object will be to add details and corrections from direct observation to produce a nearly finished product. Whether this goal is met or not, the process should add to your understanding of the features on a map and why they are there (or not there). What symbols are used to describe things on an orienteering map and why? Is this tree a tree? Why or why not? Where is it, exactly?

Note that this workshop will NOT be very aerobic, but does require a sort of Zen-like focus.

We will work in small groups with supplied materials. Please sign up for this workshop a few days in advance as this will help with materials assembly. Bring a compass. Note that rain might require re-scheduling. RSVP to Virginia Church for meeting location.


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Earlier Event: March 31
CROC Member Training - Concentration
Later Event: April 21
Scout-O at Champoeg State Park