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CAMN Gets Oriented! Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Nancy Deckard   

CAMN's September General Meeting offered quite a change of pace.  We met at Pinnacle Mountain State Park for lessons and practice in orienteering.  Led by Bill Toland and Joe Wankum, with an assist from Kevin Pride, CAMN members first learned the ins and outs of using a compass.  Then the real fun began.  The group moved out to the orienteering field, where Bill had worked out some abbreviated routes for groups of 3 or 4 to navigate.  Each group had a compass and a set of of directions that moved them in a specific direction for a specific number of yards.  The object of the exercise was to correctly use the compass to find markers along the way.  Most of the groups learned quickly that no matter how well you used the compass, you also had to be really accurate on measuring your yardage.  The problem with this, of course, was that we weren't on trails - we were navigating around trees, over ravines, across bushes and that seriously wreaks havoc with your stride count!  The good news is we didn't lose anyone, although a set of car keys managed to disappear!  And the very hot and humid evening had some folks ready to put this exercise to bed quickly!

Jim and the Mud Girls Bill promises that the next time we tackle the course, we can do the full length version and really hone our skills at finding our way in the wilderness.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 15:55
CAMN Receives Prestigious Award from the Arkansas Wildlife Federation Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Nancy Deckard   

On Saturday, August 24, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation presented CAMN with the 2013 Conservation Organization of the Year award.  The theme of the Governor’s 2013 Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet was “Supporting Our Troops” and the key note speaker was Brigadier General Keith A. Klemmer of the Arkansas National Guard.  The festivities also included fund raising events in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.  A delicious buffet dinner was served which included such delicacies as fried quail and deer chili.

CAMN received a beautiful trophy containing a statuette of a mountain goat.The plaque reads:

August 24, 2013

Conservation Organization of the Year Award

Presented to


By the Arkansas Wildlife Federation

In cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation

For outstanding contributions for the wise use

And management of the nation’s natural resources


Chapter President, Darcia Routh, accepted the award on the chapter’s behalf.  Also in attendance in celebration of this recognition were AMN President, Art Lovett, Tom Neale, Eileen Oldag, Bill  and Karen Toland, Joe Schafer, Leo Sufka, and Nancy Deckard.


CAMN offers special thanks to Hollie Sanders and the AGFC folks at the Central Arkansas Nature Center for nominating our group for this prestigious award!

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 13:47

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