Could you survive camping in the wilderness for a week?
POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 6:00pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — The Tyler State Park was full of campers this spring break. Visitors were enjoying fishing, boating, and hiking, but one park interpreter said people don't realize how easy it is to get lost. Boy Sanders, a park interpreter, is teaching classes to help people survive. He said they "get a lot of folks who don't get out in the woods very often, so learning things to do simply like sitting in one place if you get lost on a trail is really important."
Sanders has been teaching survival classes like knot tying, kids wilderness survival, and navigation on a hike without a GPS. "It gets people out to the park, gets them outdoors, and then they learn how to be prepared for a hike, and they learn even what to do if they get lost on a hike," said Sanders, and he wants to help everyone "enjoy their visit more and I get to teach them things, they get to learn some interesting things about either wildlife or survival, so it's a lot of fun."
The Limberg family are regulars at the park. Dan Limberg said it's an opportunity for their children to come see all of the wildlife, and he believes "kids these days are so detached from nature." While they are camping at the park they fish, bird watch, eat s'mores, and always attend Sander's classes. "We typically come visit these classes every time we come to Tyler State Park," said Limberg.
The Brand family said its family tradition to go camping every spring break. "I like the fact that we're all together, and the only distractions are nature," said Marcy Brand. The whole family said they enjoy getting away from all electronics, and have a chance to explore out in nature.
For more information on the Tyler State Park, and their classes, click here.