Beginner Backpacking Class

This October, join us for a two-day beginner backpacking class!

This two-day workshop (Tuesday and Thursday evening) will teach participants all about the basic skills required to go backpacking in Florida’s backcountry.

Participants will learn about:

  • Suggested equipment and skills required to use that equipment
  • Basic cooking considerations
  • Basic safety skills
  • Basic map skills and route planning
  • and Leave No Trace ethics

This workshop takes place on Tuesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 27th. Registration includes BOTH sessions and attendance is expected at both sessions.

Pre-registration is required and participation is limited to 15 people.

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Frequently Asked Questions about this beginner backpacking class:

What are the physical requirements for this class?

No prior skill or physical experience with backpacking is needed to participate. This is a class-room based workshop. You need to be able to sit or stand for the duration of the workshop, that is all.

Do I need to bring my own backpacking gear with me?

No, you do not need to bring any gear to this backpacking class.

However, if you have backpacking gear, either because you’ve purchased it or have inherited it from a friend or family member, please bring it. It’s very beneficial to learn about these skills with the gear you have in front of you.

Will a meal be provided?

A variety of hiking-appropriate snacks will be available for you to try. If you have specific dietary restrictions, requirements, or food allergies please bring your own snacks.

The snacks provided are not intended to replace a meal. If you normally eat at this time of night, please feel free to bring additional snacks to munch on during the class. I don’t mind.

Consider bringing a re-usable mug, travel cup, or water bottle, we will have hot tea and cold water available.

Please note that if we have anyone registered with a severe peanut allergy or other airborne allergy which might require hospital attention if triggered, peanuts or the substance in question will not be allowed into the facility. I will email the class ahead of time to alert you if this is the case.

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Beginner backpacking class, october 25 & 27, Cost: $15, Bartow, FL. Register now at


University of Florida IFAS Extension is committed to diversity of people, thought and opinion, to inclusiveness and to equal opportunity.

UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.

If you require accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or an interpreter, please make a direct request to at least 10 days prior to the event.

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Posted: August 12, 2022

Category: Events, Natural Resources, Recreation
Tags: Camping, Hiking, Leave No Trace, Shannon Carnevale

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