The Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre invites the public to learn more about wilderness survival. The group is hosting a ‘Be AdventureSmart’ event on July 20. There is no cost to attend. The event includes a program geared to kids between the ages of 5 and 12, called Hug-A-Tree & Survive. It teaches kids how to avoid getting lost in the woods and what to do if they get lost.    

Chair Liza Duhaime says it’s important for kids to pick a spot and not leave, whether outdoors or in a public place. She noted it’s important not to wander because it makes it difficult to pinpoint your location. 

There are two sessions for Hug-A-Tree & Survive, at 10:00am and 1:00pm, and people can get tickets by clicking here

The second part of ‘Be AdventureSmart’ involves Rideau Ground Search and Rescue, which will be doing a mock grid search around 11:30am.  

Duhaime says it will be narrated and people can follow along. She noted the group will be using the trails and going through the arboretum to locate clues. 

For more information about the event, contact Duhaime directly by emailing [email protected].