Map and Compass

Overview

People who enjoy outdoor explorations and forests should know how to use topographic maps and a compass to navigate in unfamiliar territory. In fact, youth may enjoy their experience in a forest more if they are confident in their ability to read a map and navigate.

Juniors Intermediates Seniors
Quiz - 10 multiple-choice questions on identifying map symbols Quiz - 10 multiple-choice questions on identifying map symbols

 

Compass - Provide a compass bearing to reach a given point and pace out the distance between two points
Quiz - 10 multiple-choice questions on identifying map symbols

 

Compass -Complete a compass trail by providing the bearings and distances between three points

 

Using a Topographic Map

Maps can convey information about what to expect, what you might see, and how to prepare for a hike. Maps can help you identify where you are and what would be the easiest route to your destination. Different types of maps convey different information. A road map shows highways, towns, and interesting features to visit by car. A sanitation map shows the location of the storm and wastewater sewers. A boating map shows water depth and underwater features like sandbars, sunken ships, and reefs. For this contest, youth should know how to read a topographic map. A topographic map shows landscape features such as mountains, flat lands, waterways, major forms of vegetation, roads and different types of structures. Use the links below to learn more about topographic maps:

 

Using a Compass

A compass can tell you the direction you are traveling. Combined with knowing your pace, you can measure distance, communicate a location with others, return to the same spot again, and find your way home. In conjunction with a good map, you can comfortably move across a landscape you have never seen before.

Intermediates competing in the Forest Ecology Contest are expected to be able to: Determine the bearing of a given destination and determine which point is indicated by a given bearing and distance.

Seniors competing in the Forest Ecology Contest are expected to be able to: Determine a distance by using their own pre-established pace and determine the bearing (compass reading) of a given destination.

Use the links below to learn more about using a compass: