Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

G.A.L.A. hosts hands-on homesteading and bushcraft workshops about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

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Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

Sustain-A-Raisers and You!

Sustain-A-Raisers are volunteer-led installations of raised garden beds, rain barrels, compost bins, cold frames, and clotheslines! Inquire about hosting or volunteering for a Raiser today!

Map & Compass 101

Map & Compass 101

With Tom Belluscio
Saturday, April 29th, 1-4pm
At Castle in the Clouds Trailhead


Local organization Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next feature in their 2017 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.  The next workshop, Map and Compass 101, takes place on Saturday, April 29th from 1-4pm, at Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area located at the trailhead across from the entrance to the Castle’s bottling plant atop Ossipee Park Road off of Rt. 171.

Tom Belluscio is an experienced Registered Maine Guide and certified Wilderness First Responder specializing in wilderness skills instruction, as well as canoe and snowshoe expeditions in Northern Maine and the Moosehead Lake region. Having spent a considerable amount of time in backcountry settings, from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to the North Maine Woods, the ability to navigate has proven itself to be an indispensable skill.

Come to this workshop and learn basic navigation skills using a map and compass to travel through the backcountry with confidence. In this hands on, mostly outdoor class you’ll learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them together. You’ll learn how to pinpoint your location through triangulation and then navigate to new locations by following a bearing. You’ll also learn some tricks for orienting yourself with nothing but the world around you.

Participants will need to bring a compass with a baseplate which can be obtained at any sporting goods store, and a means of taking notes. Please come prepared for an afternoon in the outdoors. Bring snacks, a water bottle, a warm layer of clothing and rain gear should the weather call for it.

According to Tom, “We say that a person is lost if they are unsure of where they are and don’t know how to get back to where they were. Hence, getting lost is easy. Fortunately navigation is, too.”

Participants will be learning these new skills at the beautiful and scenic Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in the Ossipee Mountains of Moultonborough and Tuftonboro, a site consisting of over 5,000 conserved acres, the largest property owned and maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT). A dedicated and enthusiastic team of LRCT volunteers maintains thirty miles of trails throughout this conservation area.

This workshop takes place from 1-4pm at Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area located at the trailhead across from the entrance to the Castle’s bottling plant atop Ossipee Park Road off of Rt. 171. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15.00. Pre-registration is requested HERE, or by calling 603-539-6460.