Orienteering is an art in map and compass reading and a fun way to exercise and build wilderness survival skills.  There are parks where orienteering courses are established permanently and open to use by the general public.   If you select an event where you can learn helpful hints in reading the map and compass, you will be able to take up the adventure while on vacation at another park or wilderness area.  Bring your kids and tell them they will be reading a treasure map and getting some exercise in a fun way!

Activity Description

Assuming that orienteering will include hiking for 30 minutes, one can assume that orienteering burns 204 calories.

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Follow these links to gather more information on orienteering. They may or may not be directly affiliated with Get Outdoors PA.

Orienteering USA  
Delaware Valley Orienteering Association  
Western PA Orienteering Club  
Susquehanna Valley Orienteering  
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Orienteering for Beginners
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Orienteering is defined as the skill of finding your way on a course using a map and compass. Join members of the Susquehanna Valley Orienteering Club to discover more about the sport of orienteering. Receive instruction on the basics of compass use and reading topographic maps.


Participants will explore a beginners’ level orienteering course. Loaner compasses will be available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.


The program will begin in the education building. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 


For more information or to register, please contact Susquehanna Valley Orienteering via Brad Whitmore: whitmore@stsci.edu


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