Events In The Watershed

Orienteering Course

Saturday, June 01 at 01:00 pm

Nature Program


Called “the art of map and compass reading,” this recreational activity dates back more than 100 years by using “low-tech” tools to navigate the landscape. Often held as a competitive, timed event participants navigate a course using a map and compass, documenting their progress along the course by punching a card at points along the course.


This program is designed to be an introduction to orienteering, and no prior experience is required. The program will begin with approximately 30 minutes of instruction, and courses will take 1-2 hours to complete. Course monitors will keep track of times, but the event is not competitive, and very family friendly. A beginner course and a more challenging course for those who might have more experience will be available. All required materials will be supplied, but feel free to bring a compass if you have one.


Accessibility Info:

  • Participants will need to traverse fairly flat natural trails (roots and stones common). Some off-trail walking may be required.
  • Trails may be wet or muddy, so wear appropriate footwear.
  • Beginner course is approximately 1 - 1.5 miles and the Advanced course is approximately 2 - 2.5 miles.
  • Porta-potty available in the parking area
  • No benches available
  • Please bring water and snacks if desired.


We are happy to offer this program at no cost to participants, but if you are able, a $10 suggested donation would be greatly appreciated. Wissahickon Trails is a local, community-supported nonprofit. Our budget depends entirely on the generosity of our supporters—individuals, foundations, and corporations.  Donate online today.

Event Details
  • Location

    Briar Hill Preserve, 205 W Skippack Pike, Ambler, PA 19002

  • Contact

  • Parking

    Prophecy Creek Park paved parking lot

  • Price

    Free; donations accepted