CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - You hope it never happens, but does your child know what to do if he or she gets lost in the woods?
"Look for the moss on the backside of trees because like I said it points North," said Timmy Clemons.
Adults might have an idea what to do if they got lost in the woods, but do you tell your kids?
"Not really, but now that you say something, it really puts a light on that subject," said Clemons.
Sara Turner with the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center said they talk safety with the kids and parents that use the trails.
"Prepare them to use the buddy system, never hike by themselves, depending on their age and experience, make sure they're always with an adult," said Turner.
Turner said they talk about things like not relying on a cell phone or GPS because you might not get service.
If kids do get lost and it's cold, they tell them to take cover and huddle together with their buddy to stay warm.
"You can encourage them to dress for the weather, even though it's not very cold right now, if you're going out to play and the sun's going down it's going to get cold fairly quickly," said Turner.
Once a child realized he or she is lost, Turner said to tell them to stay in one place.
"If they have no clue where they just came from, the best thing is to stay put and stay calm," said Tuner.
Gail Rowley is a nature photographer and likes to take her grandchildren with her when she's snapping photos.
She said she talks to them about the beauty of nature, but also the dangers, and how they can stay safe.
"Stop look and listen, those kinds of things just for safety, really important," said Rowley.
She said she tells them to stay within yelling distance, be aware of their surroundings and always have a buddy or adult.
"They need to know, they need people to talk with them, so they don't do stupid things, they don't mean to be stupid, they're just so here and now, kids are paying attention to what's right in front of them, and they're interested in things so they lose track," said Rowley.
Rowley hopes her grand kids never need the tools on what to do, but knows she has to tell them.
"You never know what's going to happen just like anything in life whether you're in the city or the country, you never know," said Rowley. "It's a shame, but our world it has it's dangers and nature has dangers too, so there's a lot of things you can do to build their confidence and help them remember, always have a friend, and always tell someone where you are, make sure going such and such direction is okay, know where you're going, all those things, common sense things."
"It is important because they need to know what to do if they're lost or if something happens, they need to know what to do," said Clemons.
You can also contact the Nature Center for classes on how to read a map or use a compass.