Outdoor Leadership Classes

First Year Classes

Theseclasses serve as the foundation of the Outdoor Leadership Program. Studentsbecome exposed to initial levels of theory behind recreation and education inthe outdoors, as well as beginning to develop basic outdoor skills thattranscend activities.

OL111 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership

Designedto introduce students to the field of outdoor recreation, outdoor education,adventure education, therapeutic recreation, and experiential education. Uponcompletion of this course, students should have a good understanding of thedifferences between the subspecialties in the field. Includes the history ofprograms, an introduction to theories, current topics, career options, andpreparation needed for those careers. Course may help students decide if aneducational path in outdoor leadership is something they wish to pursue. Guestspeakers representing various careers/areas will present their experiences tothe class. This is a foundation course and a recommended prerequisite tooutdoor leadership program courses.

Pre-requisite: WR65

Currently taught aspart of the First-Year Fall-Block

and separatelyFall, Winter, and Spring terms.

OL 255 Outdoor Living Skills

Educates the student on how totravel safely for extended periods in the backcountry. Presents essentials oflife (water, food and shelter/clothing) and how they can be provided in anoutdoors setting. Also, discusses navigation, backcountry medicine andwilderness use/wilderness concepts. Lecture, discussion and lab (demonstration,practical application and practice) used. Students conduct one solo overnightand one group weekend outing.

Pre-requisite: WR 65

Currently taught aspart of the First-Year Fall-Block

and separatelyFall, Winter, and Spring terms.

OL 253 Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Thiscourse is designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge andskills to care for an injured or suddenly ill person in a remotelocation. The methods and protocols presented in this class follow theWilderness Medical Society guidelines for a 36 hour certification and arespecific to a wilderness setting. The Wilderness Medical Society defineswilderness as a remote geographical location more than one hour from definitivecare.

Currently taught aspart of the First-Year Fall-Block

and separatelyFall, Winter, and Spring terms.

Second Year Classes

OL 207 Seminar in OutdoorLeadership

Thiscourse will help prepare students for setting up a practicum and/or gettinghired through covering where to search for jobs, how to apply and how tointerview. How to prepare professionalresumes, cover letters, experience resumes, and professional portfolios will beaddressed. Professional developmentopportunities such as conferences, certifications, trainings, etc. will bediscussed, as will current research and trends in employment in OutdoorLeadership related fields.

Pre-requisite:WR 121, OL 111,

OL 244 Psychology ofRisk and Adventure

Introducesstudents to psychological theories and topics relevant to adventure and risk;including perception, motivation, anxiety, arousal, risk-taking. Course willprovide an understanding for outdoor leaders as to why the psychologicalcomponents of risk and adventure play a pinnacle role as a leader as well aswhen working with participants in the field.

Pre-requisites: OL 111, OL 253 and OL 255, WR 121

OL 271 Facilitating Group Experiences

Introduces the broad concepts of group facilitation and presentsthe various "generations" of adventure facilitation. Students willbecome familiar with various models of the facilitation process and how eachrelates to experiential learning. Coursework integrates introductory conceptsof leadership, foundational experiential education theory and the practice of facilitation.Students are responsible for facilitating various group initiatives as a way tofurther comprehend the concepts presented. Successful students will be preparedto effectively and confidently facilitate groups in a variety of learningenvironments. This is a foundation course and a recommendedprerequisite to outdoor leadership program courses.

Pre-requisites: OL 111, OL 253 and OL 255, WR 121

OL 273 Outdoor Recreation Leadership

This course is designed to provide both theoretical andpractical knowledge of group leadership in an outdoor setting. Topics will be presented in lecture,discussed in various leadership scenarios, and then applied in group outingsthat the students will plan and lead. Special emphasis will be placed on group safety issues and riskassessment/risk management.

Pre-requisites: OL 111, OL 253 and OL 255, WR 121

Skills Courses

Pre-requisites: OL 271 & OL 273

OL 294 AC Alpine Climbing

OL 294 CA Canoeing

OL 294 CC Challenge Course

OL 294 MB Mountain Biking

OL 294 RC Rock Climbing

OL 294 WW White water Raft Guiding

Elective Courses

Theseclasses are not typically required within our degree programs, and are oftenopen to community members. They are terrific skills based courses that presentspecific information and serve both professionals and recreationalists.

Avalanche Level 2

Thiscourse is designed to build on the skills developed in an Avalanche Level Icourse. The various factors that contribute to avalanche hazard includingterrain, weather, snowpack, and the human component (good vs. bad decisionmaking) will be reviewed, as will avalanche safety equipment such astransceivers, probes and shovels and their correct use. New material willinclude use of a field notebook and standardized data recording, as well ascompleting full pit profiles. Field time is spent on practicing /reviewing transceiver search techniques (single and multiple burial), snowpackassessment (through test pit, test pit plus, and full pit), and safe travelpractices / group travel skills. The course includes one or more mockavalanche rescues, as well as a day of guiding the instructors. Thiscourse is approximately 60% review from Level I and 40% new material. Studentsmust have completed an Avalanche Level I or Level I Refresher course within thepast 5 years.