Stretch your limits and teach in the outdoors
Come to stretch your limits on the Semester for Outdoor Educators and learn how to teach in the world’s best classroom—the outdoors. This course is perfect if you want to become a professional in the field of outdoor education. Go from the high peaks of Wyoming to the red canyons of Utah while backpacking, skiing, climbing, and canyoneering. Immerse yourself in a range of environments from camping in snow shelters to climbing granite domes. As you spend time in the outdoors, you’ll learn techniques for teaching in large and small groups, including facilitation and debrief skills. Other topics you will cover include risk management for groups in remote places, and Leave No Trace minimum impact camping, and first aid, with the opportunity to earn a Wilderness First Responder certification.
In addition to outdoor skills, leadership will be a key focus of this course. Giving and receiving feedback after teaching a class becomes a lesson in communication. Learning to navigate off-trail is your opportunity to practice risk management and judgement. Reflecting on the different environments you travel through deepens your sense of place and sense of stewardship. You’ll form a tight network of peers who share your goals and passion for education. If teaching in the outdoors is your goal, then there’s no better way to prepare than to gain real-world experience by spending time learning and teaching in the wilderness.