Courses

The following classes are offered through the Department of Kinesiology in partnership with Venture. 

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 1231Introduction to Outdoor Adventure (2 credits, Fall/Spring)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

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 public trip required, individually selected from Venture's offerings for the semester. Special fee assessed.


KNES 2230Wilderness Experience (2 credits, Fall)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

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.


KNES 2233Rock Climbing (2 credits, Fall/Spring)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

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.


KNES 2236Challenge Course Activities (2 credits, Spring)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

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. 


KNES 2237Raft Guiding (2 credits, Spring)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

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.


KNES 2238Whitewater Kayaking (2 credits, alternate Fall)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

This course is offered in conjunction with the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC) 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.


KNES 2239Rock Climbing Management (2 credits, alternate Spring)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

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.


KNES 3230Wilderness Trip Leading (3 credits, Spring)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor.

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.


KNES 3235Challenge Course Facilitation (3 credits, Fall)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

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 programs are required.


KNES 3236Theory & Foundations of Adventure Education (3 credits, alternate Spring)
Prerequisites: Must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

An exploration of the history, philosophical foundations, proposed outcomes, and operational theories common in outdoor adventure education.


KNES 4431Outdoor Adventure Leadership Practicum (2-4 credits, Fall/Spring)
Prerequisites: KNES 3230 or 3235, must be a KOAL Minor or permission of instructor

This is the capstone course for the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor, providing an opportunity to take on a defined leadership role with Venture or other outdoor programs.  In addition to actual work in the field, there will be professional development requirements and a journal of lessons learned.