Summer workshops teach backcountry skills to outdoor enthusiasts

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation (TCSAR) and Backcountry Zero present “What’s in Your Pack.” These classes, for both adults and youth, are an excellent way to get ready for summer backcountry adventures.

During these fun, hands-on, and informative workshops, expert speakers present on a range of topics to help you make the most out of your time in the mountains, including essential preparations, basic first aid, what to do during bear encounters, and best practices for avoiding lightning.

By being proactive and prepared, backcountry enthusiasts can limit their chances of injury and putting a downer on their precious time off. These workshops are great for people looking to brush up on skills, people new to the area and vacationers interested in learning best practices for this region. Most outdoor skills are perishable and require ongoing training to ensure “know-how” is on hand when you need it.

The youth classes are free and include a pizza dinner. The adult classes cost $20. Both youth and adult classes come with a goody bag for each participant.

All classes take place at the TCSAR Hangar located at 300 S. Batch Plant Rd. Each class will be subject to COVID-19 precautions. All participants are asked to wear a mask to enter the building and hand sanitizer stations will be readily available.


Thursday, June 11, 6-8 p.m.

Adult What’s in Your Pack
Registration: $20

  • Essential Preparations and Bear Protocols
  • First Aid for Bleeds and Breaks
  • Lightning Awareness and Practices


Tuesday, June 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth What’s In Your Pack
Grades 3-7
Registration: FREE


Thursday, June 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Youth What’s In Your Pack
Grades 3-7
Registration: FREE


Tuesday, June 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Youth What’s In Your Pack
Grades 8-12
Registration: FREE

  • Essential Preparations
  • Knot Tying and Shelter Building
  • Bear Attacks! Prevention and Protocols


Tuesday, June 30, 6-8 p.m.
Adult What’s In Your Pack
Registration: $20


Due to the pandemic, the following practices will be in place for these workshops:

  • Depending on weather, the workshops will either take place outdoors or in a large well-ventilated indoor space.
  • Each participant will have a designated zone with marked boundaries that encourage appropriate spacing.
  • Hand sanitizer is required upon arrival.
  • If you are sick, then please stay home.
  • Materials and learning tools will not be shared, each person will have their own gear.
  • Group size will be limited to 12 participants.
  • Masks are required to gain entrance into the building. There is potential for them to become optional during the workshop depending on circumstances.
“What’s in Your Pack” classes will teach backcountry skills such as essential preparations, basic first aid kit, bear safety protocols and lightning awareness.

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