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From Mother’s Day kayaking tours to hardcore wilderness survival, REI has classes and events for all levels and interests. “We know that people look for connections outside, but often don’t know where to go or what to do. That’s where we come in,” says Theresa Salus, Chicago market manager for REI Co-op Experiences. “Our workshops help connect people to the right gear that is needed for the experience they want to have and showcase some of the best places to go.” To register for these and other ongoing classes and events, go to rei.com/events.

Thru-Hike Training Hikes
May 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get in shape for glamping hikes while learning
about hydration, nutrition, and basic navigation.
Available for ages 12 and up.
Sag Valley Forest Preserve, Teason’s Woods, Palos Hills

Backcountry Navigation with a Map and Compass
May 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Understand your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You’ll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination).
Bullfrog Lake, 9600 Wolf Rd., Willow Springs

Learn to Kayak Class
May 30, 9 a.m. to noon
Learn proper strokes and paddling techniques, as well as water safety, trip planning, and how to launch.
Skokie Lagoons, Tower Rd. west of Forestway Dr., Cook County