The following classes are offered through the Department of Kinesiology in partnership with Venture Outdoor Leadership.
Reminder: All students are welcome to enroll in Outdoor Adventure classes as electives (space permitting) by emailing the appropriate instructor to obtain an authorization to register. However, those currently enrolled in the Kinesiology Outdoor Adventure Leadership minor receive priority registration.
- KNES 1231 – Introduction to Outdoor Adventure (IOA)
- KNES 2230 – Wilderness Experience
- KNES 2233 – Rock Climbing
- KNES 2236 – Challenge Course Activities
- KNES 2237 – Raft Guiding
- KNES 2238 – Whitewater Kayaking
- KNES 2239 – Rock Climbing Management
- KNES 3230 – Wilderness Trip Leading
- KNES 3235 – Challenge Course Facilitation
- KNES 3236 – Theory & Foundations of Adventure Education
- KNES 4431 – Outdoor Adventure Leadership Practicum
Introduction to outdoor adventures through active participation in hikes, challenge courses, climbing wall, a solo experience, weekend trips, class discussions, and written reflection. Participation in a Venture Outdoor Leadership public trip required, individually selected from their offerings for the semester. Special fee assessed.
This course provides students with a series or progressive challenges (including challenge course and backcountry travel) and time to reflect on and discuss these challenges. The course goals are two-fold; first, to gain deeper understanding of oneself and relationships through participation in in-depth group experiences, and second, to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for conducting one’s own backpacking trips. Field experiences during class and two weekend backpacking trips. A special fee will be charged to cover the costs of the trips.
Introduction to rock climbing with emphasis on belaying and safety systems, climbing techniques, and the metaphorical and psychological aspects of climbing. Course will include: classroom sessions, use of indoor climbing wall, and weekend trips to outdoor climbing sites. A special fee will be charged to cover the costs of the weekend trips.
Immersion in a developmental small group team experience using a wide variety of challenge course activities (i.e., ropes course, trust exercises, group initiatives). The focus is on expanding students’ self knowledge and understanding of how to work effectively with and lead others.
This course is offered in conjunction with the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC) and covers the same information they provide in their Guide School. Successful completion of this course along with current First Aid and CPR certification would prepare students to work as raft guides for the USNWC. It is vital that students taking this class are comfortable being immersed in turbulent water. Special fee assessed.
This course is an introduction to kayaking with an emphasis on boat control, safety, the Eskimo roll, river reading, and whitewater paddling. It is vital that students taking this class are comfortable being immersed in turbulent water. Special fee assessed.
Intermediate rock climbing with emphasis on setting anchors, managing a rock climbing site, safety systems and rescues, and climbing techniques. Course will include: classroom sessions, use of indoor climbing wall, and weekend trips to outdoor climbing sites. A special fee will be charged to cover the costs of the weekend trips.
The focus is on the broadly accepted skills and knowledge necessary for leading group adventure trips. Includes Spring Break backpacking trip(s) and classroom sessions. After successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to assist with Venture trips. A special fee will be charged to cover the costs of trips.
Focus on both the technical and facilitation skills and the knowledge necessary for safely and effectively leading groups through high and low challenge courses. In addition to classroom sessions, weekend days at the Team Challenge Course, High Team Challenge Course, and observation/apprenticing of actual Venture Outdoor Leadership programs are required.
An exploration of the history, philosophical foundations, proposed outcomes, and operational theories common in outdoor adventure education.
This is the capstone course for the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor, providing an opportunity to take on a defined leadership role with Venture Outdoor Leadership or other outdoor programs. In addition to actual work in the field, there will be professional development requirements and a journal of lessons learned.