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Lost in the Woods - Child Survival Course

The New Jersey State Park Service offers an informative program for young students (grades 1 - 4) that focuses on what to do if lost in the woods. The content highlights nine simple tips to help a child if they are separated from their family, class or friends while camping, hiking or recreating in a woodlands area. This program was developed by British Colombia Search and Rescue and is based on materials from the book Lost in the Woods by Colleen Politano.

Highlights
  • This program takes about an hour to present and includes a short video and demonstration. Some information can be given to the group in advance if the leaders want to have the students create the suggested survival kit.


  • This program is available year-round for school field trips, classroom visits, scout programs and individual park visitors.


  • The Park Service has a limited number of staff trained to conduct the program which can be presented off-site or at a State Park. Some parks also have pre-arranged times that the program will be presented as part of the parks calendar of events.


  • If interested in the program, contact the closest state park (see the listing below).
Program Presenter Listing
Bass River 609-296-1114    
Belleplain 609-861-0628    L. McCay, K. Meyer
Brendan Byrne 609-726-1191    R. Lyness
Bull's Island 609-397-2949    M. Apffel, S. Fox
Cheesequake 732-566-3208    J. Faczak
D & R Canal 609-924-5705    S. Fox
Fort Mott 856-935-3218    
Hopatcong 973-398-7010    
Jenny Jump 908-459-4366    
Kittatiny Valley 973-786-6445    L. Grooves-Lussier
Parvin 856-358-8616    
Round Valley 908-236-6355    
Stokes 973-948-3820    
Swartswood 973-383-5230    
Voorhees 908-638-6969    
Wawayanda 973-853-4462    
Worthington 908-841-9575    


Target Audience(s)
Search and Rescue Society of British Colombia Children 7 to 10 years old (first through fourth grades).

Additional Information
Search and Rescue Society of British Colombia
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