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Backpacking 101 Part 1: Introduction to Backpacking

Event information

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 12 or older. (Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult).

Contact: 815-722-9470

Location: Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

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A backpack and hiking roots sitting along a mossy trail in a forest. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Have you always wanted to go backpacking but were intimidated by the process? Join a naturalist in this three-part series to learn the basics of backpacking. How to select a sleeping bag? What food to pack? How to choose a location? In this first of the series, participants will learn how to prepare and plan for a weekend backpacking trip. Check out some of the supplies you will need and may want to make your adventure a success! 

Enjoy one, two or all three parts of the Backpacking 101 series. Other programs will be as follows:

Event requirements

Registration required by Friday, July 26: 815-722-9470.


Previous experience and equipment are not required for this program but may be necessary for the upcoming programs in the series.

Four Rivers is an accessible facility. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.