Survival Skills weekend includes a program on basic orienteering and compass work, slated for Sunday (Feb. 24).

Learn a few things about surviving in the great outdoors.

Survival workshops are being offered Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 23-24) at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Here's what going on Saturday (Feb. 23):

10 - 11:30 a.m. -- Back Packing 101: Get a look at what to put in your back pack for basic needs and for the worst-case scenario survival needs. The program helps you to identify what your pack’s needs are depending on your length in the outdoors and kicks off the survival weekend programming at the park. Admission is free.

1 - 2 p.m. -- Water Purification for Packing and Camping: Learn about the process of purification and the best methods available for the outdoor enthusiast, including what to do if in a survival situation. Equipment is available and demonstrations are conducted to explain the process. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10.

3 - 4:30 p.m. -- Shelter Building for Overnight Survival: Saturday programming for survival weekend concludes with an overnight shelter building demonstration by Park Interpreter Maryanne.  Participants build their own shelters and test their skills in this worst-case scenario situation. Participants should be prepared to hike and be dressed for outdoor activities. Admission is free.

Three survival programs will be offered Sunday (Feb. 24):

10 - 11:30 a.m. -- Orienteering Course Activity Hike: Join Park Interpreter Maryanne at the Visitors Center for a program on basic orienteering and compass work. Participants hike the orienteering course using a compass and provided instruction. Participants should be prepared to hike and dressed for outdoor activities. Admission is free.

1 - 2 p.m. -- Fire Building with Bert: Join Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Bert Turner for a program on fire building. Bert often fills the role of a controlled burn’s “Burn Boss,” making him a knowledgeable instructor on the needs of fire and how to control it. The cost of this program is $10 alone, or for $20 all 3 of the survival skills programs requiring admission (1 on Saturday the 23rd, and the 2 on Sunday the 24th). Pre-registration is required.

3 - 4:30 p.m. -- Knot Tying an Survival Bracelet Making: Knot tying is an essential tool for the camper and the outdoor enthusiast. Knowing how to use knots and having a survival bracelet can help with tough situations encountered while hiking or camping. Join Park Interpreter Maryanne and Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Joe Wankum for a hands-on program of knot tying and survival bracelet construction. The cost of this program is $10 alone, or $20 all 3 of the survival skills programs requiring admission (1 on Saturday the 23rd, and the 2 on Sunday the 24th). Pre-registration is required.

For more information call (501) 868-5806 or click here.