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Be prepared outdoors

Learn how to stay safe in the woods with a course 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Standing Rock Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Search and rescue trainer Steve Kuni will teach what hikers should always have in their pack and what to do to keep yourself safe and alive when you find yourself out in the woods after dark. The course will include a hands-on outdoor portion.

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