Keep an eye out for yourself and others. The more prepared you are, the more fun you can have! Please review the following safety tips before coming to the Training Institute:
Weather — Come prepared for cool, warm, wet, and dry weather.
Guardian Oak — We refer to “Poison Oak” as Guardian Oak to acknowledge that it is growing in disturbed areas to help protect the forest to regrow. There is a fair amount of Guardian Oak on the land. We will make sure all can identify this plant.
Ticks, Snakes & Other Critters — You won’t see many of these but you will want to check your body for ticks every day. Mowed areas and trails have significantly fewer ticks. Check around an object on the ground (rock, large stick, etc.) for snakes before grabbing it. If you hear a hissing or rattling sound, slowly step back and have someone watch the area for the snake while you alert staff.
Dehydration — Even if you don’t feel hot, dry, or thirsty, it’s important to keep drinking water. The Hearth (kitchen) will also provide electrolytes for you to add to your water. Use them!
Hygiene — Hand-washing is very important. We will have a hand-washing station and sanitizer by all the toilet facilities. For the safety of everyone, please wash your hands every time after toileting, before entering the kitchen/food areas, and before every meal.
Low Visibility at Night — Bring a flashlight or two and extra batteries.