Camping 101: These New West sessions cover everything you need to know to get started

Have a hankering to camp but not sure where to start?

The New Westminster Public Library is hosting a series of presentations from Parks Canada in June to help you get started.

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On Tuesday, June 4, the series begins with Learn To Camp: Trip Planning 101, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Find out where to go, how to book a site and what you need to pack for a front-country camping experience.

That same evening, at 7:30 p.m., there’s a session called Hug a Tree, a Search and Rescue prevention program that will teach children and adults how to safely explore the outdoors and what to do to remain calm and safe if they become lost.

On Thursday, June 13, families can check out AdventureSmart Survive Outside, which features outdoor travel tips and information about the survival items you should carry on any outdoor excursion. That runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Then, at 7:30 p.m., there’s an Animal Aware session, providing tips on how to safely view animals while keeping a respectful distance.

On Friday, June 28, families can also check out two sessions. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., it’s Build Up Your Tents and Your Camping Experience, which covers the basics of campsite planning, safe food storage, Leave No Trace principles and tent set-up. From 3:30 to 4 p.m., it’s Animal Aware again.

To register for any of the sessions, call 604-527-4660.

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