INA, Ill. (Feb. 27, 2014) – With spring on the horizon, a number of outdoor-related courses are being offered by Rend Lake College’s Community and Corporate Education Department to ready the young and the young at heart for a year of fun.
First up is Hunter Safety, a requirement in state statute for hunters born on or after January 1, 1980, when applying for a hunting license. This course includes instruction on wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and regulations. The free class is taught by Instructor Sam Settle. Students should bring a pen or pencil to the two-day sessions, scheduled for 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, March 14 and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Attendees will meet in the Applied Science Center, Room 102, on the Ina campus.
For first-time golfers, Me and My Buddy Golf is designed for children to learn the fundamentals, rules, and etiquette of golf, including putting, chipping, and swinging in a safe environment. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the class is $20, plus a $10 supply fee. The class will meet from 6 – 7 p.m. on Mondays, April 7 through April 28, at Red Hawk Country Club in Pinckneyville. The class instructor is Dan Breslin.
Working with Evergreens in Perennial Borders will provide guidance to students about the perfect plants for area gardens. The emphasis of this class will be on holly, boxwood, and camellias, though other native and exotic plants will be discussed. The course costs $10 and is taught by Instructor Fred Vallowe from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, April 26 at Hamilton County Senior High School, Room A183, in McLeansboro.
Also offered this spring is Wilderness First Aid, a course designed for summer camp staff, scout leaders, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds where emergency care is delayed. The focus will be on prevention, recognition, assessment and care of injuries and illnesses. A two-year certification through the American Red Cross will be given to those who successfully complete all course assessments. The course will be taught by Alissa Hollmann outdoors, rain or shine.
Attendees must be at least 14 years old and hold a current CPR and AED certification for Wilderness First Aid. The class costs $80, plus a $50 supply fee. The course will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, all at the RLC Historic Schoolhouse on the Ina campus.