I have retired from teaching this course. The last class I taught was in the spring of 2019. At this point I'm not sure if the college will find someone else to teach the class, or if it will fade into history.

This land navigation course is intended to give the student a through understanding and skills in reading and using topographic maps, the compass, terrain reading and interpretation, and putting it all together to navigate in the wilderness. This course will also cover using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and basic desktop computer mapping programs.

Instructor: John Carnes

Spring 2018

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West Valley College
Search for current term, the subject "Park Management" the course title keyword "navigation".

Registration for a class at West Valley is a two step process.
First you need to apply for admission to the college using the Web Adviser System at http://westvalley.edu/admissions/apply-now.html
If you are just registering for this class you can skip the financial aid, academic evaluation, and orientation steps. Once you have been admitted, you will receive instructions for registering for classes. Fees vary, but this class will cost the average California resident about $78.


Night Rescue Practice
Meeting with Josh the Park Ranger
Lake Vernon