The Outdoor Adventure Leadership degree is designed to prepare students for careers
in a wide variety of leadership settings with hands-on learning activities. The program
develops student’s skills in group dynamics, leadership principles, educational philosophy,
as well as teaching and interpretation. This degree combines the study of educational
and leadership theory and practice with technical outdoor travel and adventure. Students
will acquire and enhance environmental skills and knowledge related to a variety of
populations including senior citizens and youth at risk; and explore issues ranging
from ethical controversies and risk management to program design.
Specialized skills acquired with Outdoor Adventure Leadership include sequencing,
facilitation, and processing of activities, with specific attention to transferring
the learning from activity-based experiences to the “real lives” of participants.
In addition, the ability to safely engage in and provide outdoor activities and effectively
teach skills in outdoor and indoor settings are central to the degree.