Mistletoe State Park will be holding another event in its Wilderness Survival Series on Saturday for people interested in learning how to stay protected when outdoors.
Jerry Smith will explain how to build trail and camp shelters out of items that can be found in nature.
"What I do each month is put on a program that will teach some basic skills folks need if they spend time in the outdoors exposed to the elements of nature away from normal shelter, fire and food," he said.
"The aim is to teach folks to be aware of the environment they are in or going into."
Smith's one-hour program will educate participants on how to plan ahead for rain, flooding, lightning, heat, cold, injuries and contact with animals.
He said people living in the South don't have much of a chance of getting lost because they are always within a two-day walking distance of someone.
"What you need to know is how to survive the day or two you are somewhat confused and how to keep depression and panic under control," said Smith, who has volunteered with Mistletoe State Park for about a year and a half.
Participants will have a chance to build shelters during the program. Some shelters will last for weeks; others will last only as long as they are needed.
Shelter safety, fire safety and "what else will move in with you during the night" also will be discussed.
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Those interested should meet at Shelter No. 1 on the campgrounds.
In August, Smith will be informing people about "knots, lashing and building camp and trail side furniture."
There is a $3 parking fee for all events at Mistletoe State Park. For more information, contact the park at (706) 541-0321.
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