Outdoor Dangers (FBCEC)

Summary:

Participants will discuss outdoor dangers and how to stay safe. They will learn that planning and staying alert can prevent most dangerous situations. If time allows, the group can enjoy a brief outing on one of the trails.

Grade Level:

4 - 12

Recommended Setting:

Indoor or outdoor classroom

Outdoor Activity:

No

Location:

Fred Berry Conservation Education Center, Yellville, AR

Contact:

Education Program Coordinator, 870-449-3484

Duration:

45 minutes - 1 hour

Suggested Number of Participants:

Up to 30

Objectives:

  • Understand that being outdoors involves some risk.
  • Recognize that planning and staying alert can prevent most dangerous situations.
  • Discuss common outdoor dangers and develop strategies for preventing or dealing with outdoor hazards.

Key Terms*:

Dehydration

Venomous

*See glossary for definations

Materials:

Live exhibit animals if available

Marker board or poster board and marker

Pertinent photos/illustrations

Background:

Spending time outdoors is enjoyable and rewarding. It is not, however, completely free of risks. Most common outdoor dangers can be avoided by simple awareness and staying alert.

Procedure:

  1. Have participants name their favorite outdoor activities. List them on a marker or poster board. Ask participants to identify ones considered dangerous. Point out that while there are many benefits to being outdoors, there are also a few risks. The best protection is simply to be aware and alert.
  2. Discuss the potential danger from these:
    • Bees
    • Wasps
    • Venomous spiders
    • Venomous snakes
    • Poison ivy, nettle, thorns
    • Sunburn
    • Dehydration
    • Large carnivores
    • Accidental injury (from falls, etc.)

Modifications:

A simple outdoor “survival kit” can be assembled from household items. Also, on some occasions, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission or other presenters are available to speak on topics such as wilderness first aid or emergency outdoor survival skills.

Glossary:

Dehydration – an abnormal depletion of body fluids

 

Venomous – able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting or wound