"How-To" Survive in the Desert Fall 2019, Joshua Tree Visitor Center, Sunday, 06. October 2019

The ultimate goal of survival training is to prevent survival situations from occurring in the first place. However, when survival is unavoidable, mindset, skills and improvisation are key. Learn the essential considerations needed to safely explore the sometimes harsh and often challenging desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. This workshop will provide an introduction to the fundamental thought processes, skills and knowledge needed to survive in desert regions and the hazards associated with desert travel. In this field class at Lost Horse Campground, students will become familiar with survival considerations, decision making processes, (what works, what doesn’t and why). Concepts such as starting a fire, emergency shelters, water procurement, signaling, an overview of heat and cold-related injuries, hazards, and survival kits for car and backpack, will also are discussed. Kelly Crawford will teach the physical skills, tools and mental processes that will help prepare participants to safely discover some of the most beautiful and most dangerous habitats of the world; and survive, should it become necessary. The class will also emphasize that failing to plan or prepare and over-reliance on personal digital equipment (GPS and cell phones) can lead to catastrophic results. Learn how to be self-reliant and not become a Search and Rescue statistic.
This class is not to be missed if you plan on spending any time in the desert!
Please download the course outline "How-To" Survive in the Desert Fall 2019.
If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.
Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through recreation.gov
Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT.  You can bring the completed form to the class.
Cancellation Policy:  If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

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