Gain skills to teach in the outdoors
On this course designed for current and aspiring outdoor educators who don’t have a lot of time or a huge budget, you’ll work on the skills to lead, manage risk, and teach in the wilderness. Start your mornings cooking meals on a camp stove and honing your in-camp outdoor living skills like Leave No Trace. On the trail, focus on leadership development through scenarios, real-time problem solving, and experiential learning as you navigate on and off trail in the Gila National Forest. Learn about the area’s ecology as you explore ponderosa pine forests and the changing desert landscape. End your days with a debrief of challenges you met, a discussion of teaching techniques, or classes on essential skills like first aid.
Leadership and education are the main focus of this course. Teaching your peers a class about local ecology is an opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback. Seeing the behind-the-scenes prep for your course provides insight into program management. Navigating off-trail becomes a lesson in decision making, while resolving group conflicts becomes practice in communication and group dynamics. By the end of this course, you’ll have a strong foundation in teaching skills, outdoor experience, and leadership, and be ready to move forward in your career as a trip leader.