Intro to Outdoor Leadership
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
WR 065 (or higher) or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 7.
Designed to introduce students to the field of outdoor recreation, outdoor education, adventure education, therapeutic recreation, and experiential education. Upon completion of this course, students should have a good understanding of the differences between the subspecialties in the field. Includes the history of programs, an introduction to theories, current topics, career options, and preparation needed for those careers. Course may help students decide if an educational path in outdoor leadership is something they wish to pursue. Guest speakers representing various careers/areas will present their experiences to the class. This course is a recommended foundation for other outdoor leadership program courses.
1. Contrast the variety of outdoor and adventure programs and their respective educational and/or recreational intentions.
2. Recognize the historical and cultural factors of Outdoor Recreation.
3. Summarize a personal reason for pursuing a degree in outdoor leadership.
4. Outline a potential course progression through the Outdoor Leadership program and a plan of professional improvement.
5. Determine potential career focus and organizations of employment.
6. Illustrate the use of the outdoors as an educational and developmental resource.
7. Examine their personal connection to the outdoors and its impact on their worldview.
8. Identify the need for professional training of outdoor leaders.