You can survive three minutes without air, three hours without warmth, three days without water and three weeks without food.
Knowing the law of threes will help people survive when prioritizing what to do in an emergency situation, especially in the wintertime.
Dickinson County Conservation Board naturalist Charles Vigdal will lead a hike 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Kenue Park that focuses on how to survive in the winter. Topics will include building survival kits, including one small enough to put in your pocket, as well as how to find clean water, telling which way is north and how to build a lean-to debris shelter.
He will start the hike off by relaying the important acronym STOP --- Stop; Think; Observe; Plan.
“If you’re in a survival situation, we’ll talk about what state of mind you need to be in,” he said, and that lesson goes beyond simply outdoor survival. “It’s good for any emergency situation.”
Vigdal will take people on an approximately one-hour hike through Kenue Park while talking about survival, and participants will get to try their hand at creating a shelter out of sticks and other natural materials at the end of the program. Then everyone can head back into the Dickinson County Nature Center for hot chocolate.
The Winter Survival hike is open to anyone, however, it is recommended that children be at least school-age because of the in-depth information to be discussed.
The monthly Hike the Wild program will continue in 2016, held 9:30 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Just meet at the Dickinson County Nature Center and caravan to public areas throughout the county.
9:30 a.m. Jan. 26: Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area --- Snow Tracks
9:30 a.m. Feb. 23: Ainsworth-Orleans Beach and State Fish Hatchery tour
9:30 a.m. March 22: Freda Haffner Kettlehole --- Glacial History
9:30 a.m. April 26: Kettleson Hogsback --- Wild Birds and Flowers
9:30 a.m. May 24: Little Sioux Savanna --- Oak Savannas
9:30 a.m. June 28: Gull Point State Park --- Barney Peterson Memorial Trail
9:30 a.m. July 26: Westport Park --- Stay and Fish!
9:30 a.m. Aug. 23: Pillsbury Point and Abbie Gardner Cabin tour
9:30 a.m. Sept. 27: Fort Defiance State Park --- Fall Colors
9:30 a.m. Oct. 25: Diamond Lake --- Shallow Lakes
3 p.m. Nov. 23: Kenue Park --- Turkey Trot
3 p.m. Dec. 22: Kenue Park --- Winter Solstice
For more information about the Winter Survival hike or any other Dickinson County Conservation Board programs, call 712-336-6352 or visit the nature center's website. You can also keep up with what’s happening at the nature center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.